Sustainably funding public goods is hard, just ask your local government. We
know free software benefits everyone, whether or not users contributed to its
development. How then can we reach the world of everyone working on software
they love, while making a livable wage? Let's discuss the current funding platforms, where they work, where they don't, and what does free software really need for a sustainable and successful future?
Disclaimer: I am with the team building Snowdrift.coop While we believe that we're addressing some of these questions, we a) aren't there yet, and b) know that there are plenty of unaddressed areas on the way to a free software utopia. This will not just be a pitch for our platform, promise!
Salt is a Seattle local studying Tech+Society at the UW, volunteering with Snowdrift.coop, and herding the flock for SeaGL. His focus is on FLOSS communities and policy. He has been using Linux as a daily driver since 1996 and will always be found wearing a kilt.
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