The Psychology of Open Communities*
Open source software may be made of ones and zeroes, but open source communities are made of people. This talk is a whirlwind tour of what research psychology has to tell us about how individuals and groups learn, falter, and grow. The talk will emphasize "takeaways" - ways for you to use this research to improve your communities and your experiences in them.
Open source software may be made of ones and zeroes, but open source communities are made of people. This talk presents a whirlwind tour of what research psychology has to tell us about how individuals and groups learn, falter, and grow.
Topics we’ll cover:
- The psychology of empowerment, with a focus on Incremental Learning Theory (see Dweck) and Self-Efficacy (see Bandura), and overcoming Learned Helplessness (see Seligmann).
- The psychology of decision-making, including the Paradox of Choice (see Schwartz), Prediction (see Kahneman and Tversky), and Motivational Crowding (see Frey and Jegen).
- The psychology of groups, and what helps them function well or poorly. We’ll cover Diffusion of Responsibility (see Latane and Darley), Conformity (see Asch, Schultz), and Implicit Bias (see Banaji).
The talk will emphasize “takeaways” – ways for you to use this research to improve your communities and your experiences in them. Although we won’t have time to get into methodological details, all research will be cited and I will provide supplemental materials including an overview of each topic, further research to read, and tips on how to evaluate primary psychology literature.
community, psychology, learning, decision-making
I have given talks on open source outreach at Reflections | Projections (2012), SCaLE (2014), OSBridge (2014), Grace Hopper (2014) and Tapia (2015), and have accepted talks on the topic at LibrePlanet (2015) and PyCon (2015). I've also talked about how privilege influences communication at Alterconf Boston (2014) and on open science at LibrePlanet (2014). I have spoken on various psychology topics at Sprout, a community science center (2011, 2012). I also have extensive experience speaking at workshops, unconferences, and meetups.
This will be my first time giving this particular talk.
Shauna Gordon-McKeon is an independent researcher and developer who focuses on free technologies and communities. She runs a business, Galaxy Rise Consulting, providing web and mobile development and data science services to individuals and organizations. She can often be found using her skills as a writer, public speaker, and teacher to help free software and open science communities more accessible to newcomers.
* Catalyzing Diversity: Practical Advice for Navigating Minority STEM Communities to Open Up Open Source
- Title: Catalyzing Diversity: Practical Advice for Navigating Minority STEM Communities to Open Up Open Source
- Track: Culture
- Room: B301
- Time: 11:00 – 11:45am
How can Open Source Software projects attract minorities? Come to learn practical strategies to implement your diversity goals into actionable outreach efforts. We will describe ways to tap into minority STEM communities that exist both online and in meatspace. The former include Tweet chats and hashtags used by people of color who are enthusiasts of science (like #BLACKandSTEM) and tech (like #LATISM). The live events include annual conferences of minority students and professionals such as the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing.
- Speakers: Alberto Roca, Shauna Gordon-McKeon