originally posted on http://scoutbots.com/blogs/news/14316913-core-values-published
It’s a big step I feel. I just published our company licenses, documentation, core values, order of priorities and our people’s page. It is a long overdue and these documents will change but we are really growing as a company and myself as a leader. I am grateful to our supporting partner SOW Asia incubating i2i program because they have greatly contributed to formalise these documents that will help us grow.
Below is a video of Tony Hsieh, Founder and President at Zappos, explaining how they came about and what their core values mean.
Our values are a mix of The Maker’s bill of Rights, Zappos core values, the seven virtues of the bushido and the scout rules and methods – which make total sense to me :D When talking to potential investors / sponsors, we had sent them hints about our values but now it’s on our website, “it is official” :)
Our licenses has actually been decided long ago when we published our first big report back in 2011. At the time we had been very much influenced by Arduino intellectual property setup and business model. We have decided to upgrade for the CERN Open Hardware license for that it looks like it is the most “mature” Open Hardware license we can find out there and that it is actively being updated.
The documentation has been one of the main problem in defining the standard of the young Open Hardware movement (first Open Hardware Summit was in 2010 in Queens NY). There have been a lot of discussions, but there is no set standard yet, more a recommandation list. We follow that trend even though at some point we would want to define a minimum of set required documents to qualify as an Open Hardware project.
The adventure continues!