Article: Five Reasons Open-Source Collaboration Is The Hallmark Of A Great Team Member

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Five Reasons Open-Source Collaboration Is The Hallmark Of A Great Team Member

Employees who exhibit a solid combination of technical expertise, soft management skills and a willingness to proactively collaborate with other team members can be the ticket to a company’s growth, but that Goldilocks combination can be tough to find, especially now. It can be difficult to ascertain whether someone fits the bill on a Zoom interview, which makes knowing where to look for the right talent all the more important.

The open-source community is a great place to start, even if companies are not specifically looking for software developers. Open source is all about contributing to something that is greater than the whole.

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Article: Applying the Open Source Ethic to Civic Innovation

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Applying the Open Source Ethic to Civic Innovation

Improbable as it seems, there is actually a vibrant citizens’ research and development lab for innovation in civic life and culture.  It has its own building, funding from the city of Madrid,  and robust participation from activists, academics, techies, artists, policy experts and ordinary citizens.

Welcome to Medialab Prado in Madrid, Spain. It’s a very special institution that explores new forms of commoning on various tech platforms and systems. Billing itself as a “collective intelligence laboratory for democratic participation,” the lab pursues a wide-ranging agenda of R&D with great brio. In this moment of great danger to democracy, I find it inspiring that a serious, progressive-minded institution is boldly prowling the frontiers of experimental practice.

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