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My name is Noah Stewart and I am a Junior at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, majoring in Global Studies. I am orginially from Dresden, Germany, where I grew up and graduated high school in 2017. At Principia College, I am engaged in a variety of activities including being the Co-Director of the 2019 International Perspectives Conference, being the student manager of the Social Assistant Team, and playing in the College Orchestra and String Quartet.
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Reflection on Participation in the Open Source Community
I have to say that I am fairly new to participating in the open source community. However, as soon as I learnt about it I was fascinated by its innovation. I believe that it is another step in the long-term development of us as a human species coming closer and bridging our differences for the greater good. Keeping innovations and ideas secret is done in order for one group to reap the benefits of it while another does not. As we realize that there is more to this world than competition and the growth of one's own wealth and status, it becomes clear that we must work together and build off of each others ideas to achieve the impossible.
I got to experience the power of open source working by building a Jellybox printer by myself. The community around these printers and the innovations it makes was extremely helpful when, at one point, there seemed to be a missing part which was included in newer generations of the printer but not in the older ones. Thankfully, someone had created and published the design for the part that was needed and we simply printed it with another printer.
In the future, I think that the concept of open source can be expanded to include industries and spheres beyond manufacturing and software. What would be possible if every economic industry and intellectual source were available to anyone? There certainly are clear benefits but in hindsight maybe also some drawbacks of such an environment. Time will tell where the open source communities goes and which blessings it will have on the world.
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