Why people volunteer for SEIDET : an analysis of motivations

T. Siebeling, H.A. Romijn

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In the previous chapter we described in detail the manner in which SEIDET was initiated and developed. We noted a striking resemblance with the evolution of open source software projects like Linux and Apache, which rely on loosely coordinated ongoing incremental innovation and learning among interacting members of innovation groups. Many of these members are volunteers. The evolutionary learning process by which SEIDET was born and grew up was examined using conceptual insights from evolutionary innovation theory, notably Boru Douthwaite’s Learning Selection model, which is inspired by Raymond’s ‘bazaar-type’ model of open source innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunity-driven projects : reflections on a success story. A case study of science education and information technology in South Africa
EditorsJ. Phahlamohlaka, M. Braun, H. Romijn, D. Roose
Place of PublicationPretoria
PublisherVan Schaik
Number of pages222
ISBN (Print)978-0-627-02730-7
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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