Sustain Together - February Summary

Every other Friday, we host a call to document, share, and respond to current events in open source sustainability. Our next call is happening Friday March 10, TODAY at 17:00-18:00 UTC (12pm ET / 9am PT) - notes & connection details

Here’s a summary of our February calls:

February 10, 2023

GovStack had us thinking: Can we have an efficient model to have reusable open government systems? Open source is the key. Maybe we’ll see GovStack on an upcoming Sustain episode.

This article Open source leaders call for permanent government funding package, sparked a lot of conversation on funding models for public goods. We discussed how Co-develop supports digital public goods, an open source tax, current tech layoffs, and One idea that came out of this: build a simulation/game that shows the dynamics of the economic models.

February 24, 2023

The news and discourse around core-js dominated conversations this week! Some ideas where we can help:

  • Make a tool that shows a project what their funds should be based on the location of the core maintainers and their expected salary based on local GDP.
  • Make a document showcasing who is important in the space right now
  • Make a resource / website showcasing awesome maintainers and core projects that are coming from different countries
  • Make a listing of local businesses alliances that we can share
  • Make an open source, impartial listing of all of the Fortune 500 companies with Open Source aficionados or OSPOs
  • Make a list of open source funds available that is not just an excel spreadsheet
  • Make a list of open source pleas for help
  • Make and provide templates that open source maintainers can use to petition OSPOs to pay for them
  • Make it easier for maintainers to email companies who use their software and then ask them for donations
  • Make a list of local associations like Open Source Business Alliance Portugal


Feb 10: @Erioldoesdesign @rachel_norfolk @coni2k @osioke @abitrolly

Feb 24: @Lauren_Gardner @RichardLitt @coni2k @gvlx @abbycabs @abitrolly