10:50 a.m.–11:20 a.m.
Gittip: Inspiring Generosity
- Audience level:
Gittip is a platform for sustainable crowd-funding. The site's primary funding mechanism is the "gift tip," a small, anonymous, weekly gift to a worthwhile person or project. These gifts are given with no strings attached, and represent a new model for funding free and open source software. Moreover, Gittip itself is funded on Gittip, with potential implications far beyond software.
- Introduction - Gittip Week to Week
- The basic concept of Gittip
- History since launching in June, 2012
- users and dollar volume data
- hot tickets showing development of a community
- Python success stories
- David Glick's campaign for his Plone work
- Eric Holscher's campaign for ReadTheDocs.org
- ??? (There's a lot of time, relatively speaking, between now and PyCon!)
- Wider Implications - Continuing the Open Source Evolution
- ESR, concluding CatB in 2000:
Yes, the success of open source does call into some question the utility of command-and-control systems, of secrecy, of centralization, and of certain kinds of intellectual property. It would be almost disingenuous not to admit that it suggests [a certain] view of the proper relationship between individuals and institutions. [...]
I expect the open-source movement to have essentially won its point about software within three to five years (that is, by 2003–2005). Once that is accomplished, and the results have been manifest for a while, they will become part of the background culture of non-programmers. At that point it will become more appropriate to try to leverage open-source insights in wider domains.
- Now is the time.
- Not Revolution. Evolution.
- Not Good and Evil. Good and Better.
- I don't have The Master Plan, but here's what I see:
- Open companies, open partnerships, open products
- A new relationship to work. A new economic foundation?
- Out: striving and desperation
- In: generosity and gratitude
- Specific Challenges for Gittip
- Mixing in projects and corporations
- Muting rock-stardom
- Reaching out to other communities
- Call to Action - Join Gittip!
- Individuals: Say thank you to developers who inspire you.
- Companies: Back the stack! Support the developers of the software you build your business on.
- All of us: Be generous and grateful!