Drupal Guilds is a central location for grassroots certifications for practitioners of various Open Source software. The idea is that rather than a top-down certification process where people pay money to an organization to take a test, people instead prove to their peers their ability to craft in their field.
The organization of Open Guilds is set up to foster a peer review system. Anyone may create a guild within the organization, and set up their own certification procedures at various levels within the guild. Each guild will stand on its own merit, and gain the benefit of camaraderie from other related guilds.
Each guild within Open Guilds will have its own charter, which will specify, among other things, its system of governance and procedure; process for gaining membership; and a scope of certification. A charter may, for instance, specify that it is to be run by parliamentary procedure with an elected council, that it is an open democracy, or that it is run entirely by a single Guild Master.
The Open Guilds organization itself is run by a council of Vested Members, who are individuals who have paid their dues. The meetings themselves are conducted on-line in a visible format, with all matters decided by the majority vote of Vested Members.
Other than the right to vote on procedural matters, membership to Open Guilds is free to all individuals, who may join as Journey Members. Journey Members may join any guild, according to its charter (which may, for instance, require an invitation or approval vote by its council, specific certification within another guild, or other requirements).
A guild may specify many certifications, each of which may have requisite certifications. Although a guild’s charter may specify otherwise, in most cases, a certification will require a test or demonstration of ability to be evaluated by one or more certified members of the guild. The reputation of an individual guild will depend on the continuing diligent and truthful evaluation by the guild members.
If you're participating in a local Drupal user group- give them this 5 minute presentation to tell them about DrupalLadder.org and how we're going to reach 1% contribution level. That's 1% of total active drupal.org user contributing to the project.
Play it right here in your browser (slideshare)Read more
I want to let everyone know about a mentoring program that I'm organizing for a group of students that I'll be training over the next few months.
The tl:dr version is this: I run a 10-week, 70-hour Drupal training program in Brevard County, Florida (home of Kennedy Space Center) for recently laid-off residents. With the retirement of the Space Shuttle, there have been over 8,000 layoffs - many of these people are skilled IT workers looking for new careers.Read more
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Call Ms. Dera Williams at Merritt College, Oakland, California (510) 436-2413
Tell her that you want to enroll in EDT 801 Class Code 24295
This is the only way to enroll in this class!
Cost: $ 130
Class completely online, class materials run by Moodle
Scheduled interactions via Elluminate
I'm not deeply versed in the Drupal ecology, so please excuse if this is misdirected! My interest in the Guilds movement (and Voting Systems) is for something with wider applicability, namely a generic reputation system for community sites. I would like an implementation that could handle varied protocol for awarding 'merit' to users based on feedback on their contributions.Read more
In response to Aaron's wireframe for an Open Guilds website, I thought I'd post a couple of screenshots of a site I just put together for a friend who asked me to put together an intranet where he could kick around some business ideas with a few other people. My site a very lightly modified version of Open Atrium, with the main change being that I used the stringoverrides module to rename OA "groups" as "businesses" and "books" as "plans." I wonder if a structure along these lines might be a good fit for a guild website.Read more
Suggestions please!Read more
Bylaws (version 0.9)
- Open Guilds
- Open Guilds refers to the organization these Bylaws apply to. Its website is at http://openguilds.org/.
- Drupal Guilds
- Drupal Guilds refers to a subset of the Open Guilds, and is fully subject to the rules laid out in these Bylaws. Its website is at http://drupalguilds.org/.
- An Individual must be a human being. Corporations, Organizations, or any other collection of individuals may not be considered to be an individual for purposes of these Bylaws.
- Purpose of the Open Guilds
Open Guilds acts as an organization for the training, certification and professionalism of practitioners of various Open Source crafts. The website at http://openguilds.org/ serves to facilitate the purposes of the organization.
Join us for a discussion about mentoring in the Dojo and Kata.
There are a large number of issues to explore including Kata roles and incentives for Mentors and Apprentices.
Chat will be in #drupal-dojo IRC, starting 12 noon ET, 9am PT and 5pm GMT.
Points of reference include:Read more
Until such time as we have a better solution for managing support hours in the #drupal-dojo IRC, we thought we would simply start a wiki page where Volunteers could post 'Office Hours' for specific types of Drupal support.
If you are willing to try your hand a mentoring or supporting others having difficulties in particular areas please sign up here. We'll do our best to create events and to promote that you are available during those hours in the Drupal-Dojo IRC.
Ideally we would eventually work toward having a regular support schedule, but we will work up to that.Read more
Also, here are the slides I used during the presentation, which the headers generally refer to, if you want to follow along the text:Read more
In the discussion for this group, it talks about Journey Members and Vested Members, but what about Apprentices? I know we're trying to be egalitarian but an apprenticeship is both an important screening process to protect the integrity of the guild and a valuable training period for the new person. The mentoring of an Apprentice could also be a valuable learning tool for a Journey or Vested Member.Read more
Description: A discussion regarding the concept of creating a peer-driven certification system for Drupal and other Open Source projects. Please see http://groups.drupal.org/guilds for some background information.
Leader: Aaron Winborn(aaron)
The session will be held in #Drupal-dojo IRC in conjunction with a webinar GoToMeeting.
Register to attend the webinar here - https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/976327089Read more
http://drupaleasy.com/podcast/2010/09/drupaleasy-podcast-44-andrews-workbox starting a bit before 29:00. This is an interesting discussion, that brings up some questions about the Guilds. Specifically, they discuss the worth of a peer driven certification.Read more
Curious about other models and working examples.
Is this based on any examples which are further along?
Looking forward to finding out more!Read more