OSS projects are the building blocks of the vast majority of products, services, and digital infrastructure we use today, and they are largely made by unpaid communities. We need to shift gears and think about how OSS can leverage the tangible benefits it provides companies to be sustainable for the future. Part of the problem has to do with a lack of options for OSS to receive funds. Let’s talk about avenues for sustaining Open Source projects in different growth stages and how we can help from Open Collective UK.
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Sustaining Open Source for the Future
Pia Mancini is an open source sustainer and cofounder of Open Collective, a platform that enables open source projects to receive funding as a collective through virtual association. She has worked in politics in Argentina and is chair of the Democracy Earth Foundation, which develops technology for democracy.