Opposing Authority in Open Source

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Proposal
Short Form
Beginner
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 4:45 – 5:30pm

Excerpt

In this talk I'll showcase insights we can garner from left wing anti-establishment movements such as community radio stations, unions and cooperatives and how you can use those techniques to grow, scale and manage open source communities, while still dismantling the authority.

Description

The collaborative learning and changemaking open source culture and tools has proven that the collective is now stronger than any of its parts. Working with your community of supporters is valuable for your business goals, but it is also increasingly valuable for the life and quality of your open source project.

Many tenants of open source culture have derived from left wing anti-establishment movements. In this talk I’ll showcase insights we can garner from left wing anti-establishment movements such as community radio stations, unions and cooperatives and how you can use those techniques to grow, scale and manage open source communities, while still dismantling the authority. We’ll go through

  • Herding Cats
  • Decision-making
  • Skillsharing

and discuss how each of these activities can add value to your open source project and community.

Speaking experience

I've spoken at FLOSSIE UK, and at numerous Hackathons and MongoDB User Groups around the world. I don't have any audio to show for any speaking engagements.

This is a new version of a talk I submitted to Open Source Bridge last year. I was unable to attend the conference and gave the speaking slot to my colleague instead. I'd love to speak at Open Source Bridge this year.

Speaker

  • Francescamongodb%20photo

    Biography

    Francesca is the community marketing manager for mongoDB at 10gen. In this role, Francesca supports mongoDB user groups around the world to grow the community, connect developers and determine best strategies for ensuring user success. In a past life, Francesca was a talk director and a community engagement specialist forWOBC, Oberlin College and community radio. In her three years at WOBC, Francesca helped bring hundreds of community members into WOBC’s control room to teach them vital audio editing and journalistic skills. She loves Arduinos, is a fan of Ruby and is currently learning all about web sockets with node.js