Presentation: Tweet"IT as a people's movement - people's movements and IT"
Scandinavian countries have a long-standing tradition of non-profit organisations acting as a glue in society and as a training ground for democratic values. One may speculate if this has laid a foundation for the popularity of Open Source in this part of the world.
In Sweden, the National Sports Federation has a 108-year history, and 22,000 member clubs, including one-third of the population, where each member club must be based on a democratic charter. As the son of an Olympic Athletics coach, I grew up in sports; as we see these clubs playing a diminishing role in our lives, we can also observe a loss of democratic schooling in young people.
In this talk, I will compare the dynamics of Open Source Software with the Swedish Sports Movement. I will describe some of our early attempts at pairing the two together in a happy marriage. We were perhaps ahead of our time, but the idea remains as attractive and urgent as ever.