As the Creative Strategy + Design + Video team geared up for this past Summit we came across some inspiring open source stories with help from our colleagues at OpenSource.com. We were so moved and excited by all of the different ways open source can be woven into the world that we jumped at the opportunity to make some of the stories into short documentary films.
While telling these stories, it became apparent that Red Hat’s strategies, products and philosophies map to a world beyond software. A world where open is a catalyst for change in many ways: from education, to maker communities, to philanthropic organizations and environmental causes. Open Source stories are rooted in open source values and philosophies like meritocracy, community building and transparency and how open is becoming the default 21st century innovation model.
Our goal is to create human-centered stories that define open source as a specific way of thinking that effects a broad spectrum of our society and culture. We want to educate people about why open source is important and we want to inspire our audience to continue the open source way or to lean toward the open source way.
We premiered Penn Manor: The Power of Open in Education on the opening night of Summit in the general session and the feedback via the Summit App and survey was overwhelmingly positive. One attendee called the film “the highlight of the evening” while another said he “couldn’t wait to see more Red Hat Films”. This success highlighted the customer and audience’s desire to see more human centered awareness. To fill that need we are proud to announce the launch of the Open Source Stories film series brought to you by Red Hat Films.
The second film, e-NABLE: Open Technology, Faster Progress, is in production and will be released in October 2015 and will serve as the official launch of the Open Source Stories film series initiative. Our third film is in development and we are hoping to provide a preview by Spring 2016 preview.
If you’d like to receive behind the scenes information and pictures, as well as trailers for upcoming films visit www.redhat.com/opensourcestories and register. We’ll gladly keep you in the loop!
Also, don’t forget to tweet us using the hashtag #opensourcestories after you’ve seen the films and let us know what you think.
Most importantly, if you have an open source story you would like us to explore, share it with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll look into it as a possible future film. And even if it doesn’t become a film, sharing stories that inspire us to move the world forward is a surefire way to a stronger open community. I can’t wait to hear about what inspires you.
“Stories tell us of what we already knew and forgot, and remind us of what we haven’t yet imagined.” – Anne L. Watson, author