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DrupalCamp Baltics: Virtual 'Talkoot' or Bringing Meaning to Your Life

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Janne Kalliola's session about the role of open source brining meaning to people's lifes from DrupalCamp Baltics 2017.

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DrupalCamp Baltics: Virtual 'Talkoot' or Bringing Meaning to Your Life

  1. 1. VIRTUAL 'TALKOOT' OR BRINGING MEANING TO YOUR LIFE. www.exove.com @exove
  2. 2. About Myself §  Janne Kalliola, CEO of Exove §  Have been coding since 1983 – Basic, Pascal, Lisp, Fortran, C/C++/Obj C, Java, PHP, JavaScript §  Working with web publishing since 1994 and open source CMS from 2003 §  Now running Exove, a leading Nordic company focusing on open web technologies
  3. 3. www.kallio.la @plastic
  4. 4. Exove in Brief Exove is a leading digital services design and development company focusing on open technologies. We help companies to grow their digital business. Quick facts: §  Founded 2006 §  Over 90 people §  Served more than 250 clients §  Offices in Finland, Estonia, and the UK §  AAA credit rating
  5. 5. www.exove.com @exove
  6. 6. SOME BACKGROUND – WHERE I COME FROM
  7. 7. Nordic Countries §  Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden §  26 million people §  Found in top in numerous metrics §  Education §  Economic competitiveness §  Civil liberties §  Quality of life §  Human development §  Nordic model of economy and social structure §  Universal healthcare and welfare + heavy taxes §  High income redistribution and little social unrest
  8. 8. Open Source Impact §  Nordic countries have been a hotbed of open source tools §  There have been numerous very successful open source projects that have originated from the Nordic countries §  The area has probably the highest density of big open source projects per capita
  9. 9. A Few Examples Linux – Finnish MySQL – Finnish / Swedish PHP – Danish eZ Publish – Norwegian Varnish – Norwegian Git – Finnish Irc – Finnish OpenSSH – Finnish
  10. 10. Why Nordics are so successful with open source?
  11. 11. Numerous Reasons §  Transparency of society §  Egalitarian, open, and non-hierarchical culture §  Open to external influences §  Well educated population §  History of doing things together for a greater good
  12. 12. Numerous Reasons §  Transparency of society §  Egalitarian, open, and non-hierarchical culture §  Open to external influences §  Well educated population §  History of doing things together for a greater good
  13. 13. In plain Finnish: Talkoot
  14. 14. What is 'Talkoot'? §  Talkoot is a Finnish expression for a gathering of friends and neighbors to accomplish a task. §  The task of the talkoot may be something that is a common concern, for the good of the group, or it may be to help someone with a task that exceeds his or her own capacity. §  A talkoot is by definition voluntary. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communal_work#Talkoot
  15. 15. Why does 'talkoot' matter?
  16. 16. We need to start quite far to see close.
  17. 17. We have no dreams anymore.
  18. 18. We have no dreams anymore. In Western world.
  19. 19. Or do you dream of these?
  20. 20. How about these?
  21. 21. How about these? Yeah, maybe a little…
  22. 22. Anyhow… §  We have it all here in Western world §  There is no need to strive to meet good standards of living §  Stuff has lost its importance §  The things that our parents lusted for – fridge, colour TV, car – have lost their appeal.
  23. 23. We don't need anything, as we already have it.
  24. 24. Also, the cost of living has gone down dramatically.
  25. 25. You don't need to spend half of your monthly salary to food or clothes.
  26. 26. And most of the other items do not cost that much compared to a few decades ago.
  27. 27. Thus, there are no material rewards for striving harder.
  28. 28. The big dream of past generations – improve your standard of living – is gone.
  29. 29. And that's why we don't feel purpose in life.
  30. 30. As we don't have a dream anymore.
  31. 31. Ok. What then?
  32. 32. Sense of purpose comes from meaningfulness.
  33. 33. Thus, spare at least an hour a week for something meaningful to you.
  34. 34. This being a DrupalCamp session, I might have a clue what is meaningful to you…
  35. 35. Anyhow, at least an hour per week.
  36. 36. To something that you love.
  37. 37. YOU LOVE 
 IT
  38. 38. Typically, you are good at things you enjoy.
  39. 39. Or you will soon become, as you learn easiest to excel in topics you love.
  40. 40. YOU LOVE 
 IT YOU 
 ARE 
 GREAT 
 AT IT
  41. 41. Wouldn't it be wonderful that things meaningful to you would be beneficial to the world?
  42. 42. YOU LOVE 
 IT YOU 
 ARE 
 GREAT 
 AT IT THE 
 WORLD 
 NEEDS 
 IT
  43. 43. This is the concept of virtual 'talkoot'.
  44. 44. Having passion to be on a mission.
  45. 45. The world getting better, as skillful people love to do things that matter.
  46. 46. Preferably together and with some kind of coordinated effort.
  47. 47. Sounds familiar?
  48. 48. Which brings us to…
  49. 49. …open source.
  50. 50. So, should you be working with open source…
  51. 51. Every contribution to an open source project makes it better.
  52. 52. And there are people around the globe that will benefit from your work.
  53. 53. Actually, people around you right here and now.
  54. 54. Tinkerers that can gain profession from their hobby.
  55. 55. People who can learn systems without spending money on licenses or certificates.
  56. 56. In a developing country, that might be a ticket out of poverty.
  57. 57. Speaking of countries, they could use their IT budgets to foster local developers – instead of paying license fees abroad.
  58. 58. Channeling money to develop the platform to fit the specific needs and still keep the money locally.
  59. 59. And raising the knowledge and skills of your own people.
  60. 60. Like eating the cake and having it.
  61. 61. Successful open source communities grow and change constantly.
  62. 62. Every new developer makes the community stronger – and this brings in more developers.
  63. 63. And when there are enough people, commercial opportunities start to appear.
  64. 64. Thus – sooner or later - there will be dozens of companies that would like to hire you to work with open source.
  65. 65. YOU LOVE 
 IT YOU ARE PAID FOR IT YOU 
 ARE 
 GREAT 
 AT IT THE 
 WORLD 
 NEEDS 
 IT @Frank_Giustra
  66. 66. YOU LOVE 
 IT YOU ARE PAID FOR IT YOU 
 ARE 
 GREAT 
 AT IT THE 
 WORLD 
 NEEDS 
 IT @Frank_Giustra
  67. 67. YOU LOVE 
 IT YOU ARE PAID FOR IT YOU 
 ARE 
 GREAT 
 AT IT THE 
 WORLD 
 NEEDS 
 IT @Frank_Giustra Purpose.
  68. 68. YOU LOVE 
 IT YOU ARE PAID FOR IT YOU 
 ARE 
 GREAT 
 AT IT THE 
 WORLD 
 NEEDS 
 IT @Frank_Giustra Purpose. In everyday churn.
  69. 69. YOU LOVE 
 IT YOU ARE PAID FOR IT YOU 
 ARE 
 GREAT 
 AT IT THE 
 WORLD 
 NEEDS 
 IT @Frank_Giustra Purpose. With open source.
  70. 70. THANK YOU! QUESTIONS? www.exove.com @exove
  71. 71. We deliver digital growth.

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