Sunlight is absolutely delighted to announce that Mitch Kapor has joined the Sunlight Foundation’s board of advisors. Mitch’s list of... View ArticleContinue reading
Making Cities Think Like the Web
Mark Surman, executive director of the Mozilla Foundation, gave a very interesting talk (audio and slide show available) at last... View ArticleContinue reading
Open Source South Africa
Last fall, the government of South Africa announced that it was adopting Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and Open... View ArticleContinue reading
Benefits in Admitting Failures
There was a really interesting article in the New York Times yesterday that had a headline attention grabbing headline of Foundations Find Benefits in Facing Up to Failures. I had two reactions: "how refreshing" and "well, sure."
Sunlight deliberately set out to be experimental - to throw ideas and projects on the wall and see if they stuck and if they didn't, to stop and figure out why. This was key to our grant making strategy as well. When you hope to be on the cutting edge you expect some things not to work. So we figured we'd win some, lose some. That seemed right to us. Fascinating how risk averse some of the truly big foundations have been and unwilling to admit, until recently, that some things just don't work.Continue reading