Community Principles & Ostrom Redux

Status: Currently, this group meets around once a month.
Bottom liner: Greg Bloom
How to get involved: Greg Bloom


Developing the Principles of Open Source Commons Governance


  • First and foremost, I’d like to revise this ‘Principles of Open Source Community Design’ document into a shareable artifact. Both the principles and the ‘questions to ask frequently’ in application of the principles.

  • One of the primary new insights to come out of the sessions was a proposal to develop that framework into a matrix that applies the principles to a set of layers of types of resources. I’m into it! But it’s a new direction and we won’t have had as many eyes on the product. And I’m not sure how to format it.

  • Lastly, I’d like to see us align this with other work, both with other workgroups – especially ‘Governance readiness,’ maybe also ‘membership models’ – and other similar projects people shared with us like this -

Guiding questions

How should this document to be useful?

How might the Principles be clearer and more appropriate?

How can we facilitate the application of those principles to various aspects of open source communities? i.e. through a matrix of ‘Questions to Ask Frequently’ for each ‘layer’ of an open source commons?

How should the document be formatted for sharing as a useful artifact?

Reports and documents

Right now it’s all here in this document.


Some readings here.

How to get involved

Get in touch with Greg!