The last weeks I've been putting some effort in thinking about how KDE (and any free software community) can build a network of organizations taking in consideration the weaknesses and strengths KDE (or any other FLOSS project) have.
I wrote a few posts about previous ideas I thought it should be taken in consideration before putting effort in defining a formal design for a Program that leads us to the discussion and execution of an action plan.
Now the idea is to define the Mission and Goals of such a program. In order to understand why of the following ideas, I recommend reading previous posts about this topic in my blog:
Some preious ideas about building new ecosystems around free software projects (I, II, III, IV and V)
Since we develop and publish KDE for free (as free beer), organizations usually do not understand well where our value is and how can they take advantage of it in a way our ecosystem is nourished, which is essential to keep the wheel spinning. Most organizations, especially corporations, associate value with money. This classical, product oriented, point of view must change in order for us to be recognized as we think we deserve. We can improve the way we communicate our value associating networking (as a service) to our software.
So the KDE Program Mission is:
- Helping organizations to know us, what we do and how we do it, so they appreciate the value of KDE and support our action.
- Giving them something valuable associated with our software, affordable for KDE, that allow them to increase the chance to grow.
Both ideas can be summarized:
The mission of such a project is to create a global, sustainable and structured network of organizations that shares KDE principles and interests.
KDE Program Goals
The major goal of the KDE Program (KDEP) is to establish the conditions and develop the actions needed to create a network of organizations committed to KDE principles and goals. This network will evolve in an ecosystem by increasing the relations among them and with the KDE community.
This network/ecosystem will be defined to grow, not just in number but in value, satisfying its members shared goals.
Other goals of the KDEP are:
- Present KDE as an attractive opportunity for organizations to become part of a global network that will benefit all of us.
- Increase the number of organizations involved with KDE.
- Improve KDE’s relationships with other organizations.
- Create new business opportunities for those organizations involved in this Program.
- Support local teams. Relations grow better in common environments.
- Open job opportunities for KDE developers.
- Increase the number of new developers so we make sure the new ecosystem can grow.
- Spread KDE principles and vision to other organizations.
- Feed KDE with third party experiences, knowledge, technologies, etc.
One of the things that is taking me some time is to look for a proper name for such a program. Any help is welcome.