The Graceful Exit: Approaches for Changing One's Role in an Open Community

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Scheduled: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in B201

Excerpt

Open culture communities are passionate, dedicated backed by people. What happens when those people need to change their roles within the community? I've played varied roles in open culture communities through the years. In this talk I'll go over what worked well and what I wish I had approached in a different way when my role needed to change.

Description

Open culture communities are passionate, dedicated backed by people. What happens when those people need to change their roles within the community?

Topics I’ll touch on in this talk:

  • When is the time right?
  • How do you communicate this? Who should know when?
  • What legal issues are there? (especially the case when staff are involved)
  • Filling the vacuum. Change can be stressful, how to fill roles to lessen the stress of that change.

I’ve played varied roles in open culture communities through the years. In this talk I’ll go over what worked well and what I wish I had approached in a different way when my role needed to change.

Tags

change management, volunteers, staffing

Speaking experience

I have not given this talk, it is something I've learned a lot about in the past couple years and believe I'm ready to share. I've spoken extensively around the world on open-source topics. Below are a few links to talks I've previously given.

Ignite OSCON 2014, OpenAerialMap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxPjKPRJ81g
Ignite ICCM 2014, Missing Maps Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMPNfFu7VuA
Linux Conf Au 2014, OpenStreetmap for Disaster Response, Keynote- : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnSXxY4NDA8

Speaker

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    Kate Chapman

    Cadasta Foundation

    Biography

    Kate leads Cadasta’s technology team and strategy. She is recognized internationally as a leader in the domains of open-source geospatial technology and community mapping, and an advocate for open imagery as a public good. Over the past 15 years she’s worked on geospatial problems of all kinds, including tracking malaria outbreaks, mapping private residences for emergency response, and even analyzing imaginary items used in geospatial games. Kate strongly believes in the mantra “people before data” which is core to her current work at Cadasta and her previous leadership of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) as the organization’s Executive Director and co-founder. Previous to her work at Cadasta and HOT, Kate worked on the geospatial sharing portals iMapData and GeoCommons. Kate also serves on the board of the Cadasta Foundation and the OpenStreetMap Foundation.

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