Open Technologies for Societal Empowerment
Who We Are
We believe "Ultimate human capacity can be reached when the mind is liberated and knowledge is freely accessible."
Established in 2006, the International Free and Open Source Solutions Foundation (iFOSSF) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization incorporated in the United States. Its mission is to promote the research, development, and utilization of Open Technologies and Open Standards for sustained Social, Economic and Environmental Development (SEED) with an emphasis on locally and culturally appropriate solutions.
iFOSSF fulfill its objectives through a number of strategic programs that drive a portfolio of enabling tactical projects carried out joint by iFOSSF partner networks. All iFOSSF projects aim to address the root causes of social, humanity or economical problems and lead to new ways of thinking and acting.
The remit of this program is to distill the key mechanics of the process systems used for FOSS development, with a view to understanding how it can be utilised for other organisational and social benefits.
FOSS features a unique blend of voluntary activity, distributed workforce patterns and software development practices that offers new insights into organisational management. These could be applied to many areas for considerable benefit, such as: eliminating bureaucracy, particularly in areas like government administration, distribution of investment and funding capital.
Our name suggested that we are focusing on total solutions applying the FOSS philosophy and practices, these include not only the technology/software development aspects but also business and people development.
Projects sought under this strategic program including research and development of best practices, reports and tools to understand this process as well as the application to non-foss based projects.
The FOSS movement has evolved from the stages of philosophy and licensing into a complex and pragmatic Ecosystem for software production and distribution benefiting humanity globally. FOSS has introduced technological self-reliance, efficient use and sharing of resources, collaborative innovation and development providing new directions to develop local entrepreneurship. This gives humanity the freedoms of choice and empowerment encouraging development of a local industry and skills that result in immense financial benefits for both developing and developed countries.
These countries can now benefit as innovators and developers of solutions instead of simply being users thus engage within local and global markets. This Ecosystem can only be evolved with appropriate equal and open inclusion of multi-stakeholder involvement by Countries, Governments, Public Administration, Academia, Private Sector and Civil Society.
Projects sought under this strategic and dynamic program are:
FOSS Partner Network Development
FOSS Advocacy, Capacity Building and Education
Research & Development studies on factors that influence ICT Production and Consumption Policies enabled by FOSS
This strategic program focuses on the continuing and accelerating the development and adoption of FOSS technologies to provide more tools to more people, and to enable more conversation and more commerce with a view to increasing the activity levels and success rates of social entrepreneurism.
Example projects in this strategic effort may include:
Re-usable technological solutions: Coupling open technology, open standards with design thinking to create solutions and best practices that can be easily re-used or customized for local needs.
E-Government Business Infrastructure: Tools to encourage increased citizen engagement, data-driven decision making, secured e-voting methods, and process integration to improve local/franchised service delivery.
Community development: use ICT solutions to enhance the collaboration and dissemination of community-based projects locally or remotely, such as collaborative art work, joint education curriculum development etc.
“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped." -- Robert F. Kennedy
Volunteer Your Time
Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start? iFOSSF is on the quest of bridging the technology-know-how to the technology-needs. Volunteer your time and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to lend your support. Tasks including administration, content research/writing and project engagement/management.
Contact us and tell us briefly about your background and interests.
Make a Donation
We appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making iFOSSF an even better For-Impact Organization than it is today.
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Partner with Us
To achieve iFOSSF mission, we rely heavily on our partnership network. We are continuously cultivating partnerships in public, private and academic sectors to jointly fulfill our strategic program goals. Partnership types including: Research, Education, Project Collaboration and Fiscal Sponsorship. Please see our accomplishments for example projects.
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