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Owning the Means of Production

Wow, what a great conference FutureRuby was! A lovingly curated talk schedule, a carefully planned set of parties, and a room full of smart Ruby folks made for one of the best conferences I’ve been to. If the “spiritual successor” to FutureRuby shows up next year (as FutureRuby was the spiritual successor to RubyFringe), you will not want to miss it.

I had the privilege of opening up the conference this year, and given the theme of the conference I used it as an opportunity to get philosophical and to encourage everyone to take personal responsibility for their vocation. It’s been awhile since I wrote out a talk, but I decided to do so again for this and thus I present you with the full text, almost verbatim as it was given:

How Capitalism Saves Ruby From Corporatism

Give it a read and let me know what you think. And if you read it and it inspires you to go out and take action, I’d love to know that, too! I’m hopeful that a hundred flowers might bloom from this one little seed.

Update: video of the talk is now up on InfoQ with the caveat that the content is 99% the same as the essay.