Governance, Participation, & Leadership

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Our mission is to help communities and organizations prosper by developing authentic, compassionate, and wise contributors and leaders.

 

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Tech Event Planning Guide

 

Everything you need to know to plan and produce code sprints, hackathons, conferences and unconferences, workshops, and more.

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Introduction to Adaptive Leadership for Tech Communities

Learn how to use adaptive leadership whether or not you hold formal authority to mobilize people in your community, organization, or company to tackle and solve tough challenges.

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Areas of Expertise

Governance

We have 10+ years experience contributing to, building, and leading open source communities. We’ve worked with every kind of technology organization: startups, tiny non-profits, ad hoc groups, and well-established projects with corporate backing. We know good governance. And we know it’s not a one size fits all situation: Every community is unique and needs an approach to governance tailored for it according to its mission, history, demographics, and more.

Whether you’re part of a fledgling open source community or a long-established project, we can help you realize the governance that help you reach your goals with an effective use of resources.

Leadership

We know leadership. During 15+ years in tech, we’ve led software development projects, conference planning teams, non-profits (public benefit and trade association), as well as our own small for-profit companies. We’ve organized open source work and led communities locally in our home town with events like Open Source Bridge, and globally, with projects like Geeksphone, the first Firefox OS developer phone.

Whether you’re an experienced leader, have never lead anything, or are a manager wanting to improve the leadership presence among your team, we’ll help develop the skills to mindfully and authentically lead.

Participation

Because we’ve spent over a decade contributing to and leading open source communities, we know they thrive on participation and we know how to build for that participation.

We have an award-winning approach to building diverse and inclusive communities. We co-authored the Citizen Code of Conduct, which is now used by many events and projects. We’ve built hyper-local participatory communities with Stumptown Syndicate as well as global ones with Mozilla.

Whether you’re wanting to attract your first contributors, revitalize a long-standing project, or make your project more welcoming and inclusive, we can help.

 

Services

Event Design

Whether you want to build community, engage customers, develop new products creatively, or energize stakeholders, produce the perfect event with our event design concierge service.

Or, build-up your in-house event expertise with our event planning workshop series.

Want to get an idea of what you’ll learn in one of our workshops? Get a free copy of our event planning guide.

Coaching & Consulting

Level up with our one-on-one coaching program. Whether you want to focus on leadership, governance, and/or participation, our coaches help you develop new ways of understanding and overcoming the challenges you encounter.

Consult with us and leverage our experience and knowledge to work through a single issue or to plan and implement longer-term change.

Topics we love to help with: Selecting a business entity and governance structure; developing a leadership pipeline and succession plan; designing highly participatory, community focused in-person events; improving the contributor pipeline; crisis management.

 

Workshops

Deepen your practice around leadership, governance, and community building through our fun, participatory public workshops.

Increase leadership, governance and community building capacity on your team with workshops custom-tailored for your organization & delivered on-site.

Who Really Matters: Your Inner Core Group

Summary: Our earliest experiences with Core Groups stay with us and become generalized. That is, without effort, we perceive and interact with all future Core Groups as if they were like the first ones we encountered. This hinders us from seeing the Core Groups of our...
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Who Really Matters: Core Group Theory & Diversity

Summary: Without effort, most Core Groups will tend toward the homogeneous and exclusionary. While you might derive strength though cohesion of an insular, non-diverse group, how do you know you aren’t missing something important as a result? Diversity is a key way to...
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Who Really Matters: Core Group Theory & the CEO’s Choices

Summary: As CEO, you have formal authority, but it is constrained by guesswork as well as the priorities of the rest of the Core Group. The best way to use your power as CEO is to create the conditions out of which a great Core Group forms and operates. Who Really...
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Who Really Matters: Core Group Theory & Expanded Core Groups

Summary: Some successful organizations have an “expanded Core Group,” meaning nearly everyone is part of the Core Group. The nature of these organizations varies, at each of them everybody’s welfare and development is one of the entire organization’s top priorities....
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Who Really Matters: Core Group Theory & Welchism

Summary: Jack Welch-style management can be an effective antidote to complacent bureaucracies. Unfortunately it can also easily take the warmth out of a business and leave fractured and isolated Core Group with little ability to inspire commitment, foster quality, and...
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Who Really Matters: Core Group Theory & Incentives, Targets, and Measurements

Who Really Matters (Amazon, Goodreads, Powells) puts forth the theory that central to every organization is a Core Group of people who really matter. This post is part of a series summarizing the book and covers Part 2, Chapter 9: “Doggie Treats”...
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Who Really Matters: Core Group Theory & Guesswork

Who Really Matters (Amazon, Goodreads, Powells) puts forth the theory that central to every organization is a Core Group of people who really matter. This post is part of a series summarizing the book and covers Chapter 8: Guesswork . You may want to start with the...
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Who Really Matters: Core Group Theory & A Core Group Way of Knowledge

Who Really Matters (Amazon, Goodreads, Powells) puts forth the theory that central to every organization is a Core Group of people who really matter. This post is part of a series summarizing the book and covers Part 2: Leading the Core Group, Chapter 7. You may want...
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Who Really Matters: Core Group Theory & Employees of Mutual Consent

Who Really Matters (Amazon, Goodreads, Powells) puts forth the theory that central to every organization is a Core Group of people who really matter. This post is part of a series summarizing the book and covers Chapter 6: Employees of Mutual Consent. You may want to...
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Who Really Matters: Core Group Theory, Power, and Legitimacy

Who Really Matters (Amazon, Goodreads, Powells) puts forth the theory that central to every organization is a Core Group of people who really matter. This post is part of a series summarizing the book and covers Chapter 5: Power & Legitimacy . You may want to...
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