Open Sourcing Independence

Wendy Bolm 02/01/2017
Open Sourcing Independence

By Roderick Campbell and Wendy Bolm 

Now, in the 21st century, our species is rapidly adapting to face exponentially more complex challenges like: accurate environmental modeling, deciphering quantum phenomena, chaotic global markets, multi-cultural cohabitation, and sweeping technology changes. Our brains are no longer able to adapt quickly enough to keep up, so we now connect them via computers in order to speed up our thoughts and outsource our vast collective memory. Humans now have functional hive minds, which can be observed on websites like Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook.   

Photo by Alice Donovan Rouse

All movements, whether they be political, religious, cultural, or economic, are dependent upon organizational models that allow increasing numbers of people to meaningfully participate. Organizations are inhibited in their ability to scale by limiters like increasing bureaucratic burden and process, or inability to maintain cultural or ideological cohesion.

In addition, current software solutions, both online and off, allow groups to organize and manage participants at a once unimaginable scale, but worries about data security and limitations to communications infrastructure are often an insurmountable challenge to grassroots movements, NGOs, and political groups across the globe.

As the world speeds forward and the political and humanitarian climates shift at what seems like breakneck speeds, open source tech is racing to keep pace and provide free frameworks to the global tech community to provide solutions to many of the issues that stifle solutions to our broader global problems. It is our belief that open source initiatives are the future of nonprofit software as developers work with organizations and networks to change the world. Here are some of the groups we’re watching: