FLOSS Business Network
How to get involved:
- Create a free account on WikiEducator (link on top right).
- Add your name and/or organisation to the Parties links below.
- Browse the site and add comments, learning resources, etc.
- Check out the FLOSS Business Regional links below and add something about your region.
- Find out more about using WikiEducator and go wild :-).
- Ict@innovation - training on African FOSS business models (Dakar, 21 March 2008) - where we started.
Networking Ideas and Channels
FLOSS Professionals Collaborating to Support Government
- See IOSN's Orgnizations related to FOSS and Government
- Government Open Source Software Resource Center (GOV-OSS-RC)
Creation of Local (maximum 10 Member cells) for the purpose of self-support to establish and support local business development
- Common shared values
- Help each other develop sustainable businesses.
- Profile best practices
- Showcase the top Ten businesses
- Creation of How to Checklists
- Exchange ideas, collaborate, brainstorm, ... towards common goals.
- Standing on the shoulders of giants
- Local, Provincial, National, Global groups
- Facilitator's Guide
- Creation of Train the Trainer sessions
- African Network of MasterMind Coordinators
This area is for users to express needs - looking for help from FLOSS businesses.
FLOSSBusiness Regional Links
- FLOSSBusiness West Africa
- FLOSSBusiness East Africa
- FLOSSBusiness southern Africa
- FLOSSBusiness Central Africa
Investors in FLOSS businesses Links to Community Loan funds or called Peer to Peer Lending
- Examples Prospers and ZOPA
An interesting alternative model is called KIVA
Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world. By choosing a loan on Kiva, you can "sponsor a business" and help the world's working poor make great strides towards economic independence. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates from the entrepreneur you've sponsored. As loans are repaid, you get your loan money back.
The main problem is the size of the micro-loans.