What are some of the keys to an effective and successful open technology foundation?
robust communities and transparent governance is key; doing things in the open allows for more democratic solutions; meritocrisy
dominant leadership and contribution early in the project's lifecycle
does foundation mean platform or organization?
@sumalaika We're referring here to organizations (i.e. Linux Foundation, #OpenStack Foundation, Cloud Foundry Foundation, etc.)
@furrier Agreed on all of that. I would also add engaged and committer members, as well as clear focus, goals, and mission.
vetting the trolls is alway a major to do item
Common Goals and enthusiastic participants
@fehguy Building on that, you need those contributors to have a keen eye for inclusion of new ideas and diverse members.
get as many users as you can to become contributors.
definitely. A consensus-driven project looks like mud if there aren't strong opinions and the right leaders
Not to advertise, but the crowd should take a look at the Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects ecosystem for some great examples of well run foundations and projects http://collabproject...
have a conference or meetups to engage external communities
@fehguy the people that deal with the administrative side of a foundation are usually not the most technical. People in the community tend to trust hardcore techies better.
In investigating foundations for @OpenApiSpec there are definitely differences in which ones work best. For us, it was Linux Foundation
@piscisaureus True, but this raises the need for open source minded professionals to get more engaged ( legal, operations, evangelism )
true thing. In the Node Foundation we have professionals for those things, but there's a watershed that keeps technical decision making in the hands of the developers.
@jmertic shameless plug.... but had to be done... good work that man.
get involved, get on a mailing list, write code, go to Github and downloads something.... basically get involved....
Open communication, active community interaction and representation, and constant contact with the "ground level" activities of anything open source.
how we drive community engagement from those who have a day job is key, some great minds also have to earn a paycheck and feed kids