Paying for the plumbing
It's easy to make a living building Drupal solutions, and there's a good business case for contributing your work. But increasingly, we all depend on "tools to build tools", such as CCK, Views, Drupal core enhancements, and other frameworks or API's that make our work point-and-click.
How do we fund these initiatives, or other work that provides a long-term return on investment, without any immediate gains in the short term?
I'm hoping to build a panel of developers, business owners and grant organizations that can help discuss ways of funding, supporting, and sustaining open source development initiatives.