Why Open Source?

As members of the open source community, we have internalized the benefits of open source. Sometimes, knowing a topic so well can hinder us from explaining it to people who need to understand our work: Clients, customers, and employers. They need to understand us because they pay us. Understanding helps to build trust.

The topic What is Open Source is covered in earlier post by that title. This presentation covers some of the “whys” of open source in terms that matter to the people we serve: Clients, customers, and employers.

This presentation was delivered at the Flourish 2014 conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am grateful to the Flourish organizers and to UIC for inviting me to speak.