The American culture is uniquely competitive. We believe that competition is a good thing. There is a large body of sociological research that shows that competition is NOT good. Unfortunately, competition drives out collaboration. And so, the American competitive culture has co-opted much of the Open Source movement, and turned it into a marketing campaign. In the context of a culture which discourages collaboration and encourages competition
- how can an Open Source culture of collaboration survive? We must look to our European (medieval) precursors - as well as our modern European and Asian colleagues—for lessons in building and modifying institutions to stifle competition. Only in this way can collaborative institutions, such as Open Source software, survive.
Robert (a/k/a r0ml) Lefkowitz is a vice president of information technology at Asurion, where he is responsible for infrastructure engineering. He previously held a similar role at AT&T Wireless. He is currently working on mastering the club juggling back-cross.
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