Apply the Lessons of Open Source to Any Business
“Open source” was once a way to describe software code and a collaborative model for its development. It's now a business model, an education model, and the future of government. It's changing our lives through its principles: Openness. Transparency. Collaboration. Rapid prototyping.
It's also the best way to get your ideas heard, make the world a better a place, and still turn a profit. No matter what business you're in, you can take a lesson from open source.
Do you or your company apply open source principles like collaboration and transparency daily? Many are, and the old habits are cracking. New business methods are taking root. Schools are turning to open source to improve education. Even governments are embracing openness and sharing more.
Learn how the principles that made open source an innovative software development model can stimulate innovation and make the world a better place--in any part of any business anywhere. Simply put, the future is openness.
Ruth Suehle is a writer and editor in Brand Communications + Design at Red Hat. Previously an editor for Red Hat Magazine, Ruth now leads discussions on opensource.com about the application of open source principles in business, education, healthcare, and more. Ruth has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina. She is a maker at heart who is often behind a sewing machine, rolling fondant, or looking for the next DIY project. She also writes for GeekMom.com on the adventures of motherhood alongside technology and sci-fi. You can find her on Twitter and identi.ca as @suehle.