Creating and Sustaining Commons

Ever since I got hooked on ideas of emancipation and solidarity by learning about free software, I’ve wanted to give back by writing free software and in general making other things such as art and writing a common good. That’s what is called social production. When I create, I draw from pools of creative commons and then give the outcomes back to the community to be used, studied, modified, and distributed, all with the four essential cultural work freedoms. So I translated part of the KDE desktop environment from English to Croatian, I’ve been writing some software, sharing my photos under free culture licenses, adding and improving my hometown on the free as in freedom world map OpenStreetMap… but I’ve never contributed a single word, a pixel, or a sound to Wikipedia.

"Anyone can put Wikipedia in the palms of his or her hands, including you. All you need to do is simply edit an article." Photography by Lane Hartwell.

“Anyone can put Wikipedia in the palms of his or her hands, including you. All you need to do is simply edit an article.” Photography by Lane Hartwell.

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