[UKUUG-Announce] OSSG Event - 3rd May 2012

Jane Morrison office at ukuug.org
Tue Apr 17 11:30:05 BST 2012

Can Open Source alter and potentially remove the concept of unemployment in 
the UK? 

London - 3rd May 2012


The BCS Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG) will be holding an event at the 
BCS Central London  Offices, First  Floor, The Davidson  Building, 5 Southampton 
Street,  London WC2E 7HA (http://www.bcs.org/upload/pdf/london-office-guide.pdf) 
on Thursday 3rd May 2012, from 1800 to 2100 hours exploring the 

Can Open Source alter and potentially remove the concept of unemployment in 
the UK?

This bookable event is free and open to all with buffet  and refreshments.  To 
book a place to attend please email Mark Elkins at  mark_elkins at bcs.org

Background Argument/Proposition:

For some time now in the United Kingdom (UK) and many other advanced economic 
nations there have been high levels of unemployment. This means that a large 
number of people are simply not able to exchange their labour for monetary 
wages. There are many problems associated with this phenomenon such as higher 
crime rates, serious health problems, low self-esteem, and a general feeling 
of not being part of society.

So what can Open Source activity do about this? In the first instance might it 
not be acceptable to suggest that those unemployed in the traditional sense 
could still add to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by being involved in Open 
Source software projects? Therefore in an unconventional sense they might be 
seen as employed. At the very least such involvement with Open Source software 
projects might help in making individuals feel of value to society. It might 
also be suggested that this idea fits with David Cameron’s Big Society concept 
in that the opportunity is there through Open Source to produce benefits for 
society through voluntary activity.

Another possibly way Open Source could alter the concept of unemployment is 
that people engaged with the Open Source community are in fact keeping their 
skills up to date. Such opportunity probably would not be possible in the 
traditional world of employment simply because unemployment offers no chance to 
practice skills in such a meaningful way. Better still the unemployed can 
engage in ‘cutting-edge’ innovative Open Source projects that push forward 
technological boundaries. In the traditional world of business, ’spin-offs’ 
from such projects might well lead to increased employment opportunities as 
indeed could the resulting interaction between the unemployed and business 
working in partnership.

Alternatively if Open Source software coding brought about by open 
collaboration can solve problems then perhaps Open Source activity might be 
able to crack economic and social code to bring about solutions to 
reduce or even eradicate unemployment.

The Speakers (Confirmed as at 09/04/12)

Mark Elkins, Chair, BCS Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG)
Gerry Gavigan, Chair, Open Source Consortium (OSC), 

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