Community-building can seem like a herculean effort that must be coordinated among many. But it doesn't have to be. One is plenty.
How can we handcraft a fulfilling code career? How can we support peers in developing theirs, whether newcomer or artisan? How can we contribute, without having to be expert? How do we develop social capital among community members, and channel those investments into people who are just entering? How will we craft a thriving community, using only simple tools & scarce local resources?
We'll examine the history of major successes -- in Ruby community, Python, and well beyond -- and extract lessons to apply generally. It's a story that weaves in personal narratives of rising into that, both well and clumsily. It's about transforming minor ambitions & frequent iterations into a scope of change that looks amazing. By making choices to do small things well and thoughtfully, rather than with concern for how they scale.
Given by Greg Baugues on August 16 2013 at Steel City Ruby in Pittsburgh, PA.
I am a developer, and I have Type II Bipolar and ADHD.
Over the last six months I've been writing and speaking about mental illness in the developer community, ever since we lost one of our coworkers, Caleb Cornman, to untreated mental illness. There's a lot of shame around being sick, and mental illness is treated much differently than physical illness, which causes people who are suffering to avoid finding help.
In this talk I will share the story of my struggles with depression, and getting diagnosed with ADHD and Bipolar, why it's especially relevant for developers, and how we can help those around us who are suffering from mental illness.
Given by Angela Harms on August 16 2013 at Steel City Ruby in Pittsburgh, PA.
Hey, nerds. How good are you at real collaboration? I don't mean cooperation, where everyone's doing their part. A collaborative solution is more than the sum of those parts. And I don't mean choosing the best idea among the competitors. Collaboration lets us create new ideas that none of us could have come up with on our own. Let's talk about what gets in the way of that kind of juice. Open up, make mistakes, learn, grow, and watch what emerges when we collaborate.