Areas of Expertise


We have 15+ 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.


Our work with free and open source software projects over the years has taught us that sustainability has become a major concern. Nearly all project leaders want a plan for making projects sustainable in the long-term and most of them struggle to develop and implement an appropriate one. We're here to help.

Funding is a big factor in sustainability, but not the only one. Governance and participation, our other two areas of expertise are also vitally important.

We apply our broad experience working with free and open source software projects to help project leads develop long-term sustainability plans for their communities, including business model development when appropriate.


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, Zulip, and NumFOCUS.

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.


Event Design, Consulting, Facilitation

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