Craft as in Beer: The Value of Community

A presentation at All Things Open 2019 in in Raleigh, NC, USA by Fen Aldrich

Instead of talking “Free as in beer”, let’s talk “Craft as in beer.” Not too long ago the entire beer market was set to be two companies, Anheuser-Busch and Miller-Coors, but plucky little startup brewers have not only survived, but thrived. On a similar time-scale, most software was being developed in large development houses behind closed doors. Open Source was largely thought of as an unsustainable mistake. Now, small open source projects pop up every day and even successful companies are based entirely on Open Source Software. How is this possible?

The overlap here: Building Strong Communities.

This talk will touch on:

  • What qualities are true for anyone looking to be a Craft Software developer?
  • How a strong community presence sustains your organization long term.
  • How to practice sharing and contributing to the community, even if your code has to remain closed.
  • Where can we build these communities?


The following resources were mentioned during the presentation or are useful additional information.