Selling Open Source, Keeping Your Soul

Stuck in a battle between your open source true believers and your bottom line? The two perspectives of business and open source ideals don’t need to be continually opposed, though conflicts will arise between them. By designating individuals within your projects as advocates for these essential viewpoints are balanced you have the opportunity to channel this conflict into your product and community. Through creating low risk, democratic environments where we’re asked to advocate in turn for our business needs and open source goals we can create a setting where this conflict becomes a productive, driving force, demanding excellence from us across both fronts. For this form of collaborative conflict to be successful it demands a diverse range of perspectives, an equal voice in exchanges and a shared commitment to mutual respect.