Hi folks! So, during the SustainOSS 2018 workshop we had at least two sessions about Elinor Ostrom’s Principles of Institutional Design, from Governing the Commons, and how they might be applied to open source community design. (These sessions were building on conversations that had emerged during the 2017 workshop).
These sessions are referenced in the aggregated workshop notes. I have synthesized the notes into this draft, which you can comment on.
We made it about halfway through the process of articulating relatively well-formed versions of Ostrom’s principles for an OSS context; the second half mostly contains fragments or questions.
Your feedback would be welcome, esp in regards to the following questions:
does what we currently have resonate, seem potentially useful, etc? Are there use cases for these principles that we haven’t considered? (So far, we’ve identified the use cases of: starting or scaling an OSS community/project; conflict resolution, resolving dilemmas; and advising funders / corporations, etc on their proper roles.)
Can you weigh in with input on the content, especially on the back half?
Is this similar to anything else out there? Are there other perspectives we should involve in the process of honing these principles?
Would welcome any other feedback… looking forward to hear from you