Open Source Is Not Just About Code

A presentation at August Penguin TLV in in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel by Ben Greenberg

As the world of open source software has exploded and more and more people enter the field, essential questions around good communication, boundaries of time and space and how to work on a shared project across cultures, languages, and geography rise to the fore. How can we ensure that new contributors that arrive to a project through Hacktoberfest feel inspired to stay? How can we make sure that maintainers, who are already over burdened and overworked, are given the proper tools and dignity to do their often thankless work? As a developer who spent ten years working in the fields of non-project management, counseling and community organizing, I will share some strategies and tips on how to create a more holistic and robust environment where everyone thrives.