“governance” in open-source projects

Our current working models of “governance” in open-source projects are Monarchy (the dictator for life), Aristocracy (the devs), oligarchy (the NGO/ funders) and finally way out on the edge Democracy (the users).

If we are to have a positive social impact, we need to consciously shift from these forms of governance to something more based on democratic ideals.

With this in mind we need to recognize and highlight that “governance” it’s a working dysfunctional joke at the movement. To challenge this #geekproblem and the desire for control  is a good and useful first good step to making this social technology work in a more humane way.

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