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Apr 18 2021
Apr 18

A few years ago, during our preparations for the 2018 Aaron Winborn Award, we had the idea that the award should be created by a community member. 

Rachel Lawson, a former member of the Drupal Community Working Group's conflict resolution team, created hand-blown glass awards for both the 2018 and 2019 winners, Kevin Thull and Leslie Glynn. Last year, Bo Shipley created the award for Baddý Breidert. We were lucky to have Bo create the award for this year's winner as well, AmyJune Hineline

Bo crafted the awards out of leather - stacking, gluing, carving, then oiling the leather into its final shape and finish. He was generous to share some photos of the process.

Sanding the stacked leather
Sanding the stacked leather.

Applying the stencil
Applying the stencil.

Cutting and chiseling the design.
Cutting and chiseling the design.

Cutting and chiseling the design.
Cutting and chiseling the design.

Closeup of the texture.
Closeup of the texture.

Mounting to the base.
Mounting to the base.

Mounting to the base.
Mounting to the base.

We cannot thank Bo enough for donating his time and talent for this project!

If you are interested in crafting a future Aaron Winborn Award, please let us know at drupal-cwg at drupal dot org!
 

Apr 15 2021
Apr 15

AmyJune Hineline (volkswagenchick)During DrupalCon North America 2021, the members of the Drupal Community Working Group announced the winner of the 2021 Aaron Winborn Award, AmyJune Hineline (volkswagenchick).  

Since joining the Drupal community in 2015 after a career change, AmyJune has made an impact in multiple aspects of the community. She is a core mentor, helps organize multiple Drupal events around North America, and is a tireless advocate for accessibility and inclusivity in the community. In addition, she is one of the organizers of A11yTalks, a member of the Community Health Team, a documentation contributor, and has been credited in over 700 issues in the past year. Much of her work is sponsored by her employer, Kanopi Studios

Multiple people nominated AmyJune for this award. Here are some of the things they said:

"AmyJune has worked tirelessly for years to encourage contribution to the Drupal project from people with ALL levels of experience and skill sets. She creates a welcoming environment for anyone interested in contributing and makes the process less intimidating."

"She shares her knowledge freely and frequently, and also shares prolifically on social media to help others spread the word about their community work and celebrate successes."

"AmyJune is dedicated to the Drupal project on a level I have personally never seen before."

"AmyJune encourages accessibility and inclusiveness in all of her interactions within the community."

"I've never seen someone more dedicated to community and especially the Drupal community."

"I'm new to the Drupal Community (I joined 5 months ago), and I'm also new to the tech industry, and of course, the onboarding with no coding skills whatsoever has been quite a challenge. In this brief period, AmyJune has been an inspiring role model to look up to."

This year, there were 29 individuals nominated for the award. In the coming weeks, the CWG will be contacting all nominees to let them know of their nomination and thank them for their continued work in the community.

In addition to the physical award shipped to AmyJune, she was also provided with a free ticket to DrupalCon Global which she graciously donated to a deserving community member. The physical award that was hand-crafted by Drupal community member Bo Shipley (simplyshipley).  

The award is named after a long-time Drupal contributor who lost his battle with ALS in 2015. This award recognizes an individual who, like Aaron, demonstrates personal integrity, kindness, and an above-and-beyond commitment to the Drupal project and community. Previous winners of the award are Cathy Theys, Gabór Hojtsy, Nikki Stevens, Kevin Thull, Leslie Glynn, and Baddý Breidert. Current CWG members, along with previous winners, selected the winner based on nominations submitted by Drupal community members.

Nominations for the 2022 award will open in early 2022.
 

Apr 09 2021
Apr 09

The past year has been a busy one for the Drupal Community Working Group (CWG), as we created a new "Community Health Team" and saw the stepping down of the last original member of the Conflict Resolution Team, George DeMet. As the CWG enters its 8th year, we feel it is our duty to continue to pursue our mission to "foster a friendly and welcoming community for the Drupal project and to uphold the Drupal Code of Conduct". With this guiding principle, we have been focusing on both proactive and reactive tasks to help us achieve this goal. 

This annual report will serve as a summary of what we've accomplished over the past year, as well as a discussion of some of our goals for the near future.

Community Health Team

The Community Working Group was expanded during the first half of 2020 with the creation of the Community Health Team. The mission of this new team is to focus on proactive community health tasks including workshops and knowledge transfer. With the help of Tara King, the CWG membership coordinator, we structured the team into several groups. Although team members may do work across multiple groups, each of these groups is designed to, but not limited to, focus on a specific area:

  • Community Event Support - provide resources and support related to the Code of Conduct for Drupal events.
  • Community Health - provide opportunities to educate and train community members to be more effective contributors.
  • Membership - to help identify and recruit community members for the CWG. 
  • Ambassadors - provide expertise and advice related to geographic, cultural, and other differences both inside and outside the Drupal community.

Community Health Team members are not privy to Code of Conduct incident reports; however they must adhere to the CWG Code of Ethics.

Once the team was created and volunteers were found for the majority of the roles, we began having monthly meetings during the second half of 2020. The team has already completed a number of tasks including:

  • Initial work on a Drupal Code of Conduct update.
  • Documentation of CWG roles.
  • Development of a group of community health representatives from other open source communities.
  • Ongoing Code of Conduct contact workshops.
  • Updates to the Drupal event Code of Conduct templates and playbook.
  • Ongoing Mental Health First Aid workshops for community members.
  • Blog posts related to community health.
  • "Nudges" for Drupal Slack Workspace and issue queues.

Other, long term goals for the Community Health Team include providing an on-ramp for the Conflict Resolution Team and identifying and presenting additional community-health-related workshops for the community, 

Conflict Resolution Team

After six years on the Conflict Resolution team, including several years as its chair, George DeMet retired from the team at the end of 2020. We cannot understate how much of an impact George has had on the CWG and the Drupal community, often working behind the scenes. We are fortunate that George has agreed to stay on as a member of the Community Health Team where he will be focusing on updating the Drupal Code of Conduct. 

During 2020, in addition to the creation of the Community Health Team, the Conflict Resolution Team continued to work on on-going and new Code of Conduct related issues. During our weekly meetings, we generally work on three types of tasks:

  • Internal business - examples include recruitment, public blog posts and presentations, Aaron Winborn Award, event organizer requests.
  • External, old business - ongoing conflict resolution tasks normally brought to us from community members.
  • External, new business - new conflict resolution tasks, normally brought to us from community members.

While some conflict resolution tasks can be resolved quickly (a few days), we normally have several long-term, on-going issues that can take anywhere from weeks to months to resolve. Most of the long-term issues include ongoing personality conflicts within the community, but we also routinely work with community members who had previously had their community privileges limited on plans and tasks to have those privileges restored (see our Balancing Accountability and Compassion in the Drupal Community blog post).

What types of conflict resolution issues do we work on?

We decided to perform a quantitative analysis of the number and types of conflict resolution issues we work on, comparing data from 2019 with 2020. Our methodology allowed us to assign one or two of the following categories to each new issue we received during 2019 and 2020:

  • Social media conflict
  • Issue queue conflict
  • Drupal Slack workspace conflict
  • In-person Drupal event conflict
  • Virtual Drupal event conflict
  • Not CWG domain
  • Other - examples include content issues on Drupal.org, issues related to local Drupal communities (but not directly related to an event), interpersonal issues occurring in areas not covered by any of the other categories.

In terms of overall number of incidents, while 2019 had 35 total new reported incidents to the CWG, 2020 has slightly less than half of that, with 17 new reported incidents. 

  • While the number of incidents occurring at in-person Drupal events dropped from six in 2019 to none in 2020, this doesn't account for the entire reduction of total incidents between 2019 and 2020. We also saw fewer social media and Drupal Slack workspace conflicts, but the biggest drop was in the "Other" category, which saw a decrease from ten incidents in 2019 to just two in 2020. 
  • Obviously, the drop in in-person incident reports is directly related to the pandemic.
  • What else can we attribute the dramatic drop in incident reports to? We hope that the formation of the Community Health Team is having some effect, but we're not so naive to attribute the entire decrease to its creation and actions during 2020. 

2019

2020

Total number of new reported issues

35

17

Social media conflict

7

1

Issue queue conflict

9

9

Drupal Slack workspace conflict

5

1

In-person Drupal event conflict

6

0

Virtual Drupal event conflict

0

2

Not CWG domain

4

3

Other

10

2

Looking forward

Conflict resolution team membership

One of the primary goals of the conflict resolution team in the first part of 2020 was expanding the size of the team. With the recent departure of George DeMet and the decrease in our workload (thanks to fewer incident reports and the amazing work of the Community Health Team), we decided this was a good time to recruit new team members. 

We had six amazing community members approach us about joining the team, and will be inviting a new member(s) to the team in the next few weeks. One of the main goals of the Community Health team was to provide an on-ramp to the Conflict Resolution Team. Those community members who were not extended an offer to join the Conflict Resolution Team will be asked to join the Community Health Team in a capacity of their choosing, if they haven’t joined already.

As part of the process of having new members join the team, we implemented (and are in the process of documenting) a new on-boarding process, where new team members are considered "trial members" for a maximum of 5 months. During this period, new members will mainly shadow the team and have limited access to historical conflict resolution reports. At the conclusion of the trial period new members will either become regular members or be asked to leave the team. As is prescribed by our charter, all trial members must be approved by the CWG Review Panel

Community Health Team

Now that our Community Health Team is a year old and has some experience under its belt, we have high hopes that they will continue to be a force for good in the community. Our plans for the next year include finding and presenting additional workshops, completing the aforementioned Drupal Code of Conduct update, and assisting with the expansion of the yet-to-have-a-good-name group of community health volunteers from various open source communities.

Feb 19 2021
Feb 19

The Drupal Community Working Group is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2021 Aaron Winborn Award are now open. 

This annual award recognizes an individual who demonstrates personal integrity, kindness, and above-and-beyond commitment to the Drupal community. It includes a scholarship and stipend for the winner to attend DrupalCon and recognition in a plenary session at the event.

Nominations are open to not only well-known Drupal contributors, but also people who have made a big impact in their local or regional community. If you know of someone who has made a big difference to any number of people in our community, we want to hear about it. 

This award was created in honor of long-time Drupal contributor Aaron Winborn, whose battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or  ALS (also referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease)  came to an end on March 24, 2015. Based on a suggestion by Hans Riemenschneider, the Community Working Group, with the support of the Drupal Association, launched the Aaron Winborn Award.

Nominations are open until Friday, March 19, 2021. A committee consisting of the Community Working Group members as well as past award winners will select a winner from the nominations. Current members of the CWG and previous winners are exempt from winning the award.

Previous winners of the award are:

Now is your chance to show, support and recognise an amazing community member!

If you know someone amazing who should benefit from this award please submit a nomination.

Nominations closed March 19, 2021.

Jan 25 2021
Jan 25

If you've spent any time in the Drupal community (specifically the issue queues, forums, and Drupal Slack workspace channels), you may have noticed that while the vast majority of discussions are positive, every now and then tempers flare up or less-than-helpful comments are posted. 

To continue to grow a healthy community, we all must work under the assumption that no one intentionally uses language to hurt others. Even so, despite our best efforts we sometimes still use words or phrases that are discouraging, harmful, or offensive to others. We are all human beings who make mistakes, but as members of a shared community, it’s our responsibility to lift each other up and encourage the best in each other. 

When observing negative behavior in the Drupal community, it can be difficult and/or uncomfortable to interject ourselves and find the right words to get conversations moving in a healthy direction. To address this, starting with an idea discussed at a Community Working Group (CWG) workshop at DrupalCon Seattle, the CWG Community Health team has been working on a communication initiative for the Drupal community. It consists of a series of de-escalation templates we have dubbed “Nudges”.

“Nudges”

The team has written five nudges that community members can use when they are faced with one of these uncomfortable situations in the Drupal community. We selected topics that we feel can have the most impact and are easy to understand. Each “nudge” provides context as to why the comment may be harmful and relevant links including our Code of Conduct and Values and Principles.

The “nudges” created to date are as follows:

Inclusive language - gendered terms

This discussion appears to include the use of gendered language in a comment. Gendered language can be harmful to our community because it can signal that we assume that people’s participation in the community is determined by gender.

The shift to gender-neutral language promotes gender equality. Please respect the pronouns that community members provide in their profiles.

For more information, please refer to Drupal’s Values and Principles about treating each other with dignity and respect.

This comment is provided as a service (currently being tested) of the Drupal Community Health Team as part of a project to encourage all participants to engage in positive discourse. For more information, please visit https://www.drupal.org/project/drupal_cwg/issues/3129687

Inclusive language - ableist terms

This discussion appears to include the use of ableist language in a comment. Ableist language can be harmful to our community because it can devalue challenges experienced by people with disabilities.

For more information, please refer to Drupal’s Values and Principles about treating each other with dignity and respect.

This comment is provided as a service (currently being tested) of the Drupal Community Health Team as part of a project to encourage all participants to engage in positive discourse. For more information, please visit https://www.drupal.org/project/drupal_cwg/issues/3129687

Gatekeeping knowledge

This discussion appears to discourage contribution from some participants by assuming a level of education or exposure to information. This can discourage folks that are new to a conversation from asking for help or getting involved. Consider providing the new contributor with links to help them learn the topic or concept.

For more information, please refer to Drupal’s Values and Principles #3 of fostering a learning environment: long-term contributors should be role models by admitting their own shortcomings and mistakes, being vulnerable, and by giving others the same respect that was once given to them. To keep learning read this article about not feigning surprise.

Principle #9 can also be useful here: be constructively honest, and relentlessly optimistic. You can be optimistic and supportive by giving suggestions for how to improve their contributions. By being helpful, you encourage people to accept feedback and act on it.

This comment is provided as a service (currently being tested) of the Drupal Community Health Team as part of a project to encourage all participants to engage in positive discourse. For more information, please visit https://www.drupal.org/project/drupal_cwg/issues/3129687

Cultural differences

This discussion appears to have escalated due to the inclusion of culturally-specific language. This may be harmful to our community as stereotypes can exclude or tokenize community members, devaluing their individual contribution and value. Please avoid language that imposes an identity on an individual or group.

We should be mindful that not all words and phrases translate to have the same meaning. Please be mindful that different cultures may appreciate different levels of directness in their communication styles and that may impact how words are presented or interpreted.

For more information, please refer to Drupal’s Values and Principles about treating each other with dignity and respect.

This comment is provided as a service (currently being tested) of the Drupal Community Health Team as part of a project to encourage all participants to engage in positive discourse. For more information, please visit https://www.drupal.org/project/drupal_cwg/issues/3129687

Escalating emotions

This discussion appears to include escalating emotions, creating the opportunity for miscommunication. The invested parties are encouraged to take a break from this discussion to help gain perspective. It is important to the community that all members are shown the appropriate amount of respect and openness when working together. Additionally, there are resources offered by the Drupal community to aid conflict resolution should those be needed.

For more information, please refer to Drupal’s Values and Principles of seeking first to understand, then to be understood. Assume best intentions of other contributors and suspend judgment until you have invested time to understand decisions, ask questions, and listen. Before expressing a disagreement, make a serious attempt to understand the reasons behind the decision.

This comment is provided as a service (currently being tested) of the Drupal Community Health Team as part of a project to encourage all participants to engage in positive discourse. For more information, please visit https://www.drupal.org/project/drupal_cwg/issues/3129687

Testing strategy

Over the next few months, members of the Community Health Team will be testing these "nudges” in Drupal.org issue queues, forums, and Drupal Slack workspace channels. For now, this will be done by copying and pasting the nudge text and formatting directly into an issue comment or Slack message. Our goal is to create a nudge widget that allows community members to insert one of the pre-written nudges via a token in issue queue and forum comments.

We feel that a gradual introduction to help prevent overuse of these nudges is necessary as overuse may produce its own sort of gatekeeping. This could lead to desensitization to the “nudge” initiative, negating our efforts. The CWG’s mission is to ensure a positive space that is inclusive to all of our members. 

These are early days for “nudges”. We are looking forward to hearing from other community members on how we can improve on this idea. We have been having weekly meetings for nudges and have been documenting everything we've been doing in the Community Working Group issue queue - let us know if you'd like to get involved!

Thanks

Current community members who have been working on this task include: AmyJune Hineline (volkswagenchick), Neil Drumm (drumm), George Matthes (watsonerror), Darren Oh, Donna Bungard, JD Flynn (dorficus), George DeMet, and Mike Anello (ultimike).
 

Jan 14 2021
Jan 14

Serving on the Drupal Community Working Group has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my career in open source. Since 2013, I’ve had both the honor and the privilege to work alongside some of the most thoughtful, patient, and devoted members of our community to help develop processes and structures for community governance, resolve conflicts, and help make the Drupal project and community a more friendly and welcoming place for everyone. That work has at times been challenging, but it has also provided many opportunities for learning and growth.

All good things must come to an end, however, and as announced at DrupalCon Europe last month, I’ve been working with the other members of the CWG over the last year on a plan to step down from my current position on the Conflict Resolution Team and make way for fresh talent and leadership. 

As our Code of Conduct states, “When somebody leaves or disengages from the project, in whole or in part, we ask that they do so in a way that minimizes disruption to the project. This means they should tell people they are leaving and take the proper steps to ensure that others can pick up where they left off.”

In my case, this means that while I will no longer be one of the people responsible for fielding incident reports or acting as a facilitator to help community members resolve conflicts, I will continue to be available to the current members of the team on an as-needed basis to help provide background and context for past issues. I will also continue to serve as a member of the CWG’s Community Health Team, working on projects to proactively improve community health, such as updating our Community Code of Conduct. I also plan to spend more time advocating within the broader open source community for improved community management structures and processes.

With this transition comes an opening within the Conflict Resolution Team, who is currently engaged in a search for new members, which is being led by Tara King (sparklingrobots). You can learn more about the kinds of folks we are looking for in our last call for members from 2018; additionally, all members are expected to abide by the CWG’s Code of Ethics.  

As per the CWG's charter, new members of the CWG’s Conflict Resolution Team are appointed to up to two 3-year terms by the group’s Review Panel, which consists of the two community-elected Drupal Association board members, plus an independent representative appointed by the board as a whole.

If you are interested in being considered, please reach out to Tara or email [email protected]. In addition to the openings on the Conflict Resolution Team, we are looking to fill several roles on our Community Health Team for people looking to help make a positive difference in our community.

In closing, I want to thank all of my past colleagues on the CWG: Donna, Angie, Roel, Adam, Mike, Emma, Rachel, Jordana, and Alex, as well as the countless community members who have helped us out in various ways over the years. Drupal is better because of you and your contributions.

Nov 16 2020
Nov 16

The Drupal Community Working Group is continuing to team up with Otter Tech to offer live, monthly, online Code of Conduct incident response training for the Drupal community.

At the time of this article, twenty community members have completed the training, ensuring that both in-person and online Drupal events world-wide have access to qualified Code of Conduct contacts.

Contribute to the community

Being a Code of Conduct contact for Drupal events is a great way to contribute to the community without coding. It is essential that community events are safe for all people and our Code of Conduct contacts are key to making that happen.

What is a Code of Conduct contact?

The role of a Code of Conduct contact is to be available on behalf of a virtual or in-person event to take incident reports and assist event organizers in responding to Code of Conduct violations.

Drupal event organizers typically identify at least two unique individuals that agree to be Code of Conduct contacts to help create a safe and welcoming environment for their attendees. These contacts and their contact information are made available to attendees on the event website, through event emails, in event presentations, etc. so that attendees know who and how to approach if an incident occurs.

What are the characteristics of a good Code of Conduct contact?

  • Trustworthy: This includes being able to keep information confidential as well as being reliable when it comes to being accessible during an event.
  • Approachable: Good contacts are seen as friendly, empathetic, and respectful. They listen carefully, appreciate the emotions and needs that underlie each conversation, and come across as genuinely concerned with the well-being of everyone involved.
  • Perceptive: Someone who can quickly grasp a situation, understand its complexities and dynamics, and provide a clearer understanding of options by analyzing the issues and identifying risk.
  • Impartial: To be effective, a contact must be able to control their feelings and not invest emotionally in the outcome.

About the workshop

The training is designed to provide "first responder" skills to Drupal community members who take reports of potential Code of Conduct issues at Drupal events, including meetups, camps, conventions, and other gatherings. The workshops will be attended by Code of Conduct enforcement teams from other open-source events, which will allow cross-pollination of knowledge with the Drupal community.

The workshop covers:

  • Tips for protecting reporter privacy
  • Frameworks for deciding consequences of inappropriate behavior
  • Discussion on bias, intent, and microaggressions
  • Discussion on personal conflicts, false reporting, and power dynamics
  • 40 minutes total of Q&A time
  • Interactive practice enforcing a Code of Conduct

Upcoming workshops

Saturdays, 9am to 1pm US Pacific Time
(Saturdays, 5pm to 9pm UTC)

Workshop cost

The standard cost of the workshop is $350, but Otter Tech has offered a $50 discount for Drupal community members. To receive the discount, let us know you are interested by completing the following form.

$50 discount sign-up form

After completion

Drupal community members who successfully complete the workshop will receive a community contribution credit on Drupal.org and may be listed on Drupal.org (in the Drupal Community Workgroup section) as a means to highlight that they have completed the training.

If you would like to receive credit and recognition, be sure to answer "Yes" to the question "Are you enforcing a Code of Conduct for a Drupal event or Drupal online community?" in the workshop registration form. A link to the form can be found in the workshop details email from OtterTech.

We are fully aware that the fact that the workshops will be presented in English limits who will be able to attend. We are more than interested in finding additional professional Code of Conduct workshops in other languages. Please contact us if you can assist.

Oct 02 2020
Oct 02

The Mental Health First Aid workshop is an internationally-recognized, skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. The goal of this course is to raise understanding and promote positive, effective responses to those in need. To date, more than three million people have completed this training worldwide. The Drupal Community Working Group (CWG) Community Health Team is pleased to announce that registration is now open for a virtual Mental Health First Aid workshop exclusively for Drupal community members on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 1500 UTC. Prior to the workshop, students will be required to complete 2 hours of self-study.

The Mental Health First Aid workshop is currently country-specific. The October 27th workshop will be based on the United States curriculum. All community members are welcome to attend, but if you'd prefer to pursue the workshop customized for another country, please fill out this form and let us know.

The CWG continually looks for opportunities to promote growth in our community. We believe that these types of proactive workshops will help improve our community's mental health literacy and awareness, as well as making it easier for us to have open, honest, and respectful conversations. We can all be empowered to potentially spot signs of when community members are in need of assistance.

The cost of the workshop is $80. If you need financial assistance, please contact us at drupal-cwg at drupal.org.

Participants will complete a 2-hour self-study followed by a 4.5-hour live-instructor Zoom session. The 2-hour self-study must be completed prior to the Zoom portion of the workshop.

Upon completion, participants have a better understanding of the impact mental illnesses and addictions have on a person, their family and communities.

Register for the course today - registration closes on October 20, 2020.

Notes about the registration process:

  • Time zone information is not displayed on the registration page. The virtual portion of the workshop takes place at 1500 UTC (11am ET, 8am PT).
  • On the registration form, there are several options that are not relevant to the virtual workshop. Please ignore (enter "not applicable" or "n/a").
  • In the automated email you will receive confirming your registration, there is a physical location for the workshop. Please ignore.
  • In the days leading up to the workshop, you will receive emails from both the MHFA instructor as well as the CWG Community Health Team with additional information.

Eight Quick Facts about Mental Health First Aid:

  1. Participants learn a five-step action plan to help loved ones, colleagues, neighbors and others cope with mental health or substance use problems.
  2. Mental Health First Aid is designed to provide temporary help to a person either developing or experiencing a mental health crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves.
  3. This is an evidence-based public education and prevention tool designed to improve knowledge and communication.
  4. Originally created in Australia in 2001, it is now international with programs in countries such as the United Kingdom, China, Canada, Finland, and Singapore.
  5. The National Council for Behavioral Health has the goal of making Mental Health First Aid as common as traditional First Aid and CPR are today.
  6. Mental Health First Aid studies have shown that the program:
    • improves people’s mental health,
    • increases understanding of issues and treatments,
    • connects people with care
    • reduces stigma.
  7. Trainees learn a five-step action plan to assess, intervene, and secure care. Trainees also learn risk factors and warning signs.
  8. Certification is valid for three years, after which an online recertification may be completed.

Over the past few years, the CWG has organized proactive community health events, including our on-going Code of Conduct contact training. If you are aware of an organization that provides opportunities you’d like us to consider please contact us at drupal-cwg at drupal.org.

Jul 16 2020
Jul 16

Baddy BreidertDuring DrupalCon Global, the members of the Drupal Community Working Group announced the winner of the 2020 Aaron Winborn Award, Baddý Breidert (baddysonja).  

The award is named after a long-time Drupal contributor who lost his battle with ALS in 2015. This award recognizes an individual who, like Aaron, demonstrates personal integrity, kindness, and an above-and-beyond commitment to the Drupal project and community. Previous winners of the award are Cathy Theys, Gabór Hojtsy, Nikki Stevens, Kevin Thull, and Leslie Glynn. Current CWG members, along with previous winners, selected the winner based on nominations submitted by Drupal community members.

Baddy has been a member of the Drupal community for over nine years, and is the co-founder of 1xINTERNET based in Germany, Iceland, and Spain. She has been a relentless force for good in the Drupal community as one of the co-organizers of Drupal Europe 2018, Northern Lights and Solstice DrupalCamps (Iceland), local and international Splash Awards, and as an extremely active member of the German Drupal community. She is also currently a member of the Drupal Association Board of Directors.  

Multiple people nominated Baddy for this award. Here are some of the things they said:

She has consistently and tirelessly worked for the good of Drupal across event organisation (Drupal Europe), in Drupal Agency life promoting Drupal to wider audiences and running an ethically grounded business (which contributes back in bucket loads).

She has been an amazing force in so many areas to even count. As a community organizer on crucial events like Drupal Europe to [foster] a contribution culture at her company. Then spreading the word about how that makes the best business sense. She cares so much for diversity and inclusion at her company and in the Drupal community as well.

This year, there were 22 individuals nominated for the award. In the coming weeks, the CWG will be contacting all nominees to let them know of their nomination and thank them for their continued work in the community.

In addition to the physical award shipped to Baddy, she was also provided with a free ticket to DrupalCon Global which she graciously donated to Surabhi Gokte. The physical award that was hand-crafted by Drupal community member Bo Shipley (simplyshipley).  

Nominations for the 2021 award will open in early 2021.
 

May 28 2020
May 28

It’s been a long few months for many of us and we’re all ready for some good news!! Luckily, as a part of the Drupal open source community, we have some. Our group continues to be full of strong, resilient, and uplifting individuals who truly understand that we're all in this together. 

You Have Resources

We cannot recommend strongly enough to please, stay connected and in-touch with your local community. Now more than ever, this can help maintain momentum and provide the companionship that many of us miss during this time of social and physical distancing. Many local and regional meetups provide time at the beginning of their events for networking, including dedicated time for those looking for work and those who are hiring. We encourage virtual event organizers to continue to provide (or even expand) this aspect of online events.

Beyond the power of word-of-mouth, there are other online resources available to you in these unusual times. There are Drupal Camps that have year-round job boards posted on their websites. Drupal.org has a whole section of their website dedicated to those looking for work. The organizations that are posting here are invested in Drupal, just as you are. This common spark could start you on a new path. 

What You Can Do for Yourself

In spite of the global state, there are many things you can do - you are empowered! We suggest you start with the following:

  • Add your profile on Drupal.org
  • If you already have one, give your Drupal profile an overhaul and be sure it’s up to date. 
    • Update your bio: Ask yourself if that is really how you see yourself
    • Past companies: Don’t forget to show your growth
    • Bio Picture: Just make sure that if you look like it’s your prom picture, that you intended it that way.
    • Ask a fellow community member to review and provide suggestions for improving it. Many of us have difficulty in promoting ourselves, so ask for help to ensure that potential clients/employers see you for all that you are!
  • Update your resume
  • How to prepare for an interview
  • Don’t get shy. We repeat: Don’t Get Shy! Even when feeling the “aloneness” of it all, get out there virtually. Attend local meetups and camps to network and grow the community
  • Keep learning. In the face of everything, stay curious! It’s probably how you started down this road, to begin with

How Employers Can Help

Great leaders know that communication is the key to success. Now more than ever, your leadership skills and community contributions are needed to help pull us through this global crisis. Please, 

  • Be transparent with employees and contractors. We are all in this together.
  • Sponsor DrupalCamps at the job board level to get connected.
  • List any open positions on Drupal.org.
  • And remember the gift of presence; network at local and regional meetups and mentor those you can.

We Never Stop Growing

Even in challenging times, we as individuals and as groups cannot stop growing. Take time, get talking, and get excited. There are many more roads to be traveled, together.

Resources

We welcome additional resources in the comment section, thanks!

May 12 2020
May 12

As part of the Drupal Community Working Group's (CWG) continuing expansion of their Community Health Team, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Michelle Drapkin, a Behavior Scientist and Clinical Psychologist, as one of our two mental health subject matter experts. This team will focus on proactive programs to help promote the overall health of the Drupal community. With the COVID-19 pandemic causing various levels of anxiety for individuals around the world, we are working to provide resources to community members.

On May 22 we met with Dr. Drapkin for a Wellbeing Hour, where she walked us through some strategies to support our wellbeing during this challenging time. Dr. Drapkin is an expert in evidence-based approaches to managing stress and anxiety and gave us a tour down a buffet of options to support our health and wellbeing. We got a taste of using present-moment awareness to manage your stress and learned about leaning into your values, changing your relationship with your thoughts, and being more intentional with communication to support your relationships (at work and home!).

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About our speaker:
Dr. Michelle Drapkin is the Owner/Director of the CBT Center of Central NJ. She is one of the newest members of the CWG team helping as a mental health subject matter expert on the Community Health Team.

About the Drupal Community Working Group (CWG):
The CWG is a volunteer group whose mission is to foster a friendly and welcoming community for the Drupal open source project and to uphold the Drupal Community Code of Conduct.
 

May 08 2020
May 08

As many of us in the Drupal community are entering the second month of physical and social distancing, it is important to take a break from our - often repetitive - day-to-day activities to spend some time on self-care. This not only helps ourselves, but also those around us. With this in mind, the CWG’s Community Health Team has compiled a list of activities that can help all of us cope with everyday stresses a little better.

The team has prepared a presentation with some strategies to support our wellbeing during this challenging time.  Join us on May 22 for a Wellbeing Hour with Dr. Michelle Drapkin, the newest member of our Community Health Team.

Take a break from the digital world

Breathe. Go outside, sit at the window, stand on your balcony. Break up your day. Fresh air and sunshine can help you to recharge and be more focused when you return to the computer. Exercise can help reduce anxiety and tension, improve mental outlook, and create some mental peace. 

Keep Learning

Use this time to hone your skills. Take some classes, attend meetups, and other virtual events. Many companies and organizations have lowered the cost of their classes or established curriculums that can be accessed at a lowered cost or for free.

Exercise Caution Online

Equipping ourselves with accurate information can go a long way in keeping our anxiety levels low. Be sure to get information from trusted, reliable outlets that back up analysis with data that’s been vetted or verified by official sources. Social media can be a wealth of misinformation, and it’s important to validate what you see online before acting on it or sharing it with others.

Give Back

Giving back has many benefits, but first and foremost it feels good. Not only does giving back make an impact, but it also builds and makes our community stronger, and makes our projects better and more complete. When we mentor, share our expertise, we not only build other’s skills, but we also sharpen our own. By being leaders, we add to our street cred and contribute to our professional growth and development

Take it Easy On Yourself

It’s perfectly okay not to hold yourself to your usual standards of productivity right now. Balancing personal and professional life is harder than usual right now, and many of us are working in environments that are full of distractions. Communicate with your colleagues, let them know how you’re doing, and make arrangements to adjust your working hours and expectations as needed so that you can be your best self both personally and professionally.

Ask for help

You are not alone in needing some additional support, and there is never shame in asking for help. Stress is affecting our sleeping and eating patterns, our work habits, the ways we are interacting with those closest to us.

Call your local public health department or insurance company for resources. While going to an in-person appointment may not be possible, many therapists and counselors offer on-line or telehealth services.

Resources

News

Mental Health Call Centers

  • Disaster Distress Helpline, call 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline, call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224
  • We are looking for suggestions for non-US-based mental health resources to include here.

Giving back to Drupal

Drupal Events

Mar 06 2020
Mar 06

The mission of the Community Working Group (CWG) is to foster a friendly and welcoming community for the Drupal project and to uphold the Drupal Code of Conduct. 

- https://www.drupal.org/community/cwg 

As the Drupal Community Working Group (CWG) moves into its seventh year, we have been thinking a lot about how we can evolve it to better serve the changing needs of the Drupal Community. 

At the moment, the four members of the CWG split our time between reactive issues (conflict resolution and Code of Conduct enforcement) and proactive issues (community health resources, workshops). While the work is often emotionally taxing, it is also often extremely rewarding. We believe the proactive work has a large impact on the community, but our time is often filled with reacting to issues in the community. 

To this end, we have been working with Tara King (sparklingrobots) on identifying new CWG roles, mainly focused on proactive tasks. These new roles will not play a part in conflict resolution matters and will not receive access to any incident reports or other confidential information that has been shared with the group, with the exception of subject matter experts, who may see some limited information when brought in to consult on specific cases. These new roles are designed for individuals to help provide insight and expertise into how we can better support and grow our community.

It is important to note that all CWG members must abide by the CWG Code of Ethics, regardless of if they consult on conflict resolution or Code of Conduct enforcement cases or not.

The list of new CWG roles follows below. In some cases, we have already reached out to individuals to fill some of the roles. Full details about the roles can be found on the Community Working Group's Community Health Team page.

  • Community health - develops and produces community health initiatives like workshops and tweaks to drupal.org processes.
  • Community event support - assists Drupal community events with Code of Conduct template, playbooks, and other resources. It is our hope that this role be filled by members of the newly established Drupal Event Organizers Group. 
  • Subject matter experts - includes individuals with knowledge of specific geographic, industry, and mental health areas. In some cases, subject matters experts will be provided with limited information about specific conflict resolution issues they have been brought in to assist with.
  • Ambassadors - coordinators between the CWG and other groups, including the Drupal Association, other open source projects, Drupal.org maintainers, and Diversity and Inclusion.

We are strong believers that the more proactive work we do, the stronger and healthier our community will be and the less reactive work we will have. 

If you, or someone you know, are interested in any of the new roles, please drop us a line at drupal-cwg [at] drupal.org. Include your name, drupal.org username and which role (or roles) you are interested in. 
 

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