In 50 words or less, what will you bring to the board of the Drupal Association?
I would bring a multilingual, multicultural, a non-US-centric perspective, communication- and marketing skills to the board. I’m on the side of the contributors – all of us. If you’re giving back to Drupal, we’re on the same side; however and wherever it is that you contribute.
Thanks Jam :)
A little shorter, still the same sentiments!
" If you’re contributing to Drupal, we’re on the same side – however and wherever it is that you contribute. I would bring multilingual-, multicultural-, non-US-centric perspective; experience from international community- and business worlds; as well as communication- and marketing skills to the board."
To have a single, handy place to read all about me, here's a recap of my answers from session one.
The Drupal Association's entire spending beyond operating costs should be to support and grow the Drupal project, obviously. The exact amount spent should balance current needs against future plans. That is, the DA might need to save up for a big project in the future, might need to rein in something if money is tight, or whatever is appropriate. No matter what the situation, the DA should probably be putting some money aside for future needs in any case.
As to the exact mix of revenues, the DA can be an important fundraiser for the project and should be more active in supporting or facilitating support for things like the D8 initiatives in future. The initiative owners and teams should not be left on their own to find time *and* money to get their piece of the core-development puzzle done on their own. These projects benefit the entire project and should not be left to chance or goodwill.
Keeping all my campaign on one page for you! I've also made these answers as short and sweet as I can to reduce the amount of reading you all have to do in this campaign :-)
"Regional events targeted at developers organized by DA staff" (http://groups.drupal.org/node/198723) sounds like a good start to me!
Realistically, there are two sides to this that I have already mentioned in my answers to the session 1 questions. It will take more than DA policies or initiatives to make it happen:
1) "We cannot make a difference with grand gestures only. It is not a matter of "if you build it, they will come" and a big event or two. This also makes it a hard problem for the DA to address. Wherever the motivation and action come from, the community will need to go to new places, new potential users, and show them Drupal; show them Drupal can make a difference to people's lives; empower them to earn money, do business, and change the world. The change will not happen overnight; it will be the result of outreach, personal visits, facilitating local meet-ups, new adoption, training courses, blood, sweat, and tears."
2) "On a technical level, immaculate mobile (developer- and user) experiences out of the box would be huge, too. Much of the developing world relies entirely on mobile technology for its web access. Supporting that would open the way for more great things for Drupal."
Keeping all my answers in one place, for your reading convenience!
To build bigger and better events, we need to stop creating 100 individual, artisanal, glass-blown events every year. So many camp teams start from scratch and repeat the efforts, failures, and learnings of those who've done it before.
As a community, we know how to write it once, iterate, and develop best practices *in code*. We should be doing that for other aspects of the project like events.
One of my pet projects for the last few months happens to be http://drupalcampkit.org which is a **work in progress** and also a growing collection of checklists, schedules, and best practices to help community event teams get a head start on their camps, summits, or sprints. Over time, I have a vision of expressing much of this knowledge in code as well, as additional functionality for COD (the Drupal Conference Organizing Distribution: http://usecod.com/)
The DA can use this tool and make plans for other similar ones to enable and empower members of our community and others to get more done, better, safer, and faster.
I've met Jam at DrupalCamps in Italy and most recently had a chance to spend some social time with him in DrupalCon Munich.
I am confident he will be a positive force as Board Member because he is an outstanding communicator, and he's passionate about Drupal.
Sometimes you meet people that just "make sense" and are a pleasure to talk to. They make you feel like what you say matters and have constructive comments to add to it. Jam is one of these people.
In the social setting we where in at DrupalCon he mostly spoke about Drupal and interesting "controversial" topics like community, competition, and growth, and I could clearly see how he was equally knowledgeable and passionate about it.
Most importantly he has clear solutions, and took the time to eloquently explain them to us!
Thank you Jam for becoming a candidate and for your willingness to serve the community, you have my vote!
Thanks for the kind words (and your vote!). I'd love to serve the community on the DA Board.
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