I have been lurking and reading all contributions one thing that has
come up a few times is the notion of managing an open source project,
engaged participation and the idea of democracy.
The main question I would like to raise in this thread is -- "Is Open
Source a Democratic system"?
As a co-founder of an Open Source organisation I sympathise greatly
with Katie Hargraves comments in an earlier thread on questions of
leadership within her organisation. I was at a talk a while back
about a project we were involved in called Grow Your Own Media Lab
http://ptechnic.org/gyoml/gyoml-data.html. I had to discuss our
participation in this project. It came as a great relief to me when
the speaker before me described the management of his large
organisation as chaos as I thought I would be the first to admit it.