Let's grow the Drupal community, and literally change the face of open source, by broadening models of success in many communities of different backgrounds, abilities, or genders.
What if we had started this 5 years ago? Imagine where we'd be today, and what a difference it would make to the Drupal community. Let's not wait another minute, let's get started now. Go out there, get active and learn through experience. It's critically urgent we do something now. Drupal needs it, as much as the potential Drupal members need it. This isn't a problem special to Drupal, it's a problem in opensource, and a problem in science, technology, engineering and maths in general.
We need a little less talk and a little more action. Tell us what you're working on, what you'd like to do. Share stories about your community and how you're bringing people into the community.
Here is one article:
Low-Income Communities: Technological Strategies for Nurturing Community, Empowerment and Self-Sufficiency at a Low-Income Housing Development
Richard L. O'Bryant
(Results indicated regular computer and Internet use and some positive correlation between in-home computing/internet use and a sense of connection to family, friends and their local community. There was no evidence that in-home computer use led to family and/or social isolation.-- took this from the abstract)
I finally joined. Yay! Or, rather, I had forgotten to join after the amazing IRC discussion, and after having hand-approved this very group. Dumb. :)
Oh, and Heather, do you think we should remove the "What if we had started this five years ago?" text from the group description? It smacks of an argument for getting the group approved, and since it's already approved I feel like this might be just a little on the negativity side.
Since I promised to post this, here's Christina Haralanova's master's thesis on women in the open source community: http://www.ludost.org/content/release-10-womens-contribution-free-and-op...
The document is in French. I hope to find the time to write an English summary at some point, and Christina also hopes to translate the entire text if she finds the time and/or money to do so. In the meantime, here it is for those of you who do read French.Read more
We are not reinventing the wheel, but we are discussing a topic that has been discussed before. Heather and the other BoF participants have rightly focused us on ACTION, but I want to include some links so that the prior thoughts are not inaccessible or lost in the ether. The Lullabot Drupal Voices podcast is worth a listen if you haven't heard it.Read more
Not that I don't personally thinks its really valuable, but it might be good to have some text about why diversification matters. The mission statement of this group kind of overlooks that fact, IMO. But it would help better focus action as well as address concerns when people are negative about these awesome initiatives.
This group is awesome and really important! Thanks for discussing these things and taking action. I really hope it gets approved.
Somehow I have become some sort of lead on the Full Project Application process, and I would really like to make this a more defined part of the community, especially in the sense of mentoring coders. I would love to have a more diverse group of coders coming into the community, so if anyone has any specific suggestions on how we can make code contributors more diverse, please throw them out there.