Bobulate

Home [ade] cookies

FSFE awarded medal for good governance

The Theodor Heuss Foundation (German site, but the Wikipedia article is probably more informative), named after Germany’s first post-war president, is a foundation established to remember the political achievements of Theodor Heuss as an example for social commitment, moral courage and the dedication to fostering democracy. The foundation seeks “to bring attention to something, which has to be done and shaped in our democracy, without being finished” (Carl Friedrich v. Weizsäcker, 1965).

The foundation awards a yearly prize and medal to persons of high standing and organisations, which are groundbreaking in these areas of social commitment and the fostering of democracy.

This year the prize has been awarded to Oxfam and to FSFE. The FSFE press release is available (also in German, French, Italian, Dutch and Greek, thanks to our wonderful and dedicated translation teams). In these complicated days, it feels — to me, at least — a little weird to be side-by-side with an organization like Oxfam. They are helping rebuild Haiti. Providing direct support, like water and shelter; “helpin’ people with skin“, as Granny Weatherwax might say. The FSFE helps with skin, too, (for instance with licensing advice, workshops, and promotion booths at events), but for far more abstract goals. Which isn’t to say that Free Software does not help: some Free Software is really useful in a disaster.

It might feel a little weird in the current context, but it is an honor and a privilege.

Tags:

2 Responses to “FSFE awarded medal for good governance”

  1. Osss.cn 开源社区 » 欧洲自由软件基金会被授予Theodor Heuss奖章 Says:

    [...] Theodor Heuss奖章,每年一度,由德国战后首个总统名字命名,由Theodor Heuss基金会邀请个人和团队参与帮助自由和民主。根据FSFE博客中的一篇文章,该组织将这个奖品与Oxfam共享,以帮助那些全球贫困和受战争影响的人们。Oxfam是一个国际组织,帮助全球范围内那些贫困的人以及保护人权。详见:http://www.oxfam.org [...]

  2. 欧洲自由软件基金会被授予Theodor Heuss奖章 | My Sky Says:

    [...] Theodor Heuss奖章,每年一度,由德国战后首个总统名字命名,由Theodor Heuss基金会邀请个人和团队参与帮助自由和民主。根据FSFE博客中的一篇文章,该组织将这个奖品与Oxfam共享,以帮助那些全球贫困和受战争影响的人们。Oxfam是一个国际组织,帮助全球范围内那些贫困的人以及保护人权。详见:http://www.oxfam.org 标签: 评论 (0) 发表评论 [...]