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Sympathy - Empathy - Compassion

September 10, 2015 at 3:10am
Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 13:10Sympathy - Empathy - CompassionCommunication can be surprisingly hard.   Human beings talk a lot.  Well many humans do.  Some less so, Some more so, but I reckon, in general, there's a lot of daily jibber jabber.   Some of that talking is light hearted "Small Talk". Some of it is world changing speeches.  Some of it is the daily to and fro we need to get stuff done; at work, at play, at home.   Some talking leads to conflict.  Whilst thinking and talking about how to resolve conflict in more constructive ways, me and Gina Likins puzzled over how we could talk about compassion, and the important part it plays in conflict resolution.  We talked about Empathy and Sympathy, and examined various definitions of all these words.   In the end, this is what we came up with. We were thinking about Free and Open Source Software communities. But it seems to have resonated with others, so, I thought I'd post it here, and expand a little on each point.   Sympathy, Empathy and Compassion are "Big feels".  So, this is just my take on how we might more easily distinguish them from each other.  


This is when we feel sorry for someone.  We acknowledge that something has happened which isn't good for them, and is causing them some level of distress.  In the software world, it might be like noticing that someone has reported a bug.  


This goes a step further. This is when we really acknowledge something is wrong. Perhaps we've experienced it too, we understand the issue is real. In software terms, perhaps we can replicate the bug, and acknowledge it's an issue that needs addressing.  


The next step comes when we are motivated to help. We've not just acknowledged there's a problem, but are willing to do something to help fix it. In software terms, it means stepping up to help fix the bug that's been reported.   Bug trackers and issue queues can be sources of minor conflict.  We lack the non-verbal queues provided by tone of voice and body language that help when raising issues.  It's natural to feel defensive.  But perhaps, taking a moment to reflect on how we communicate, and what we hear, what we mean, and how we respond, could really help us get more done, together.
Categories: Planet Drupal

D8 Accelerate - Game over?

August 27, 2015 at 12:47am
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 10:47D8 Accelerate Chook Raffle - Game Over!

The Drupal 8 Accelerate campaign has raised over two hundred and thirty thousand dollars ($233,519!!).  That's a lot of money! But our goal was to raise US$250,000 and we're running out of time. I've personally helped raise $12,500 and I'm aiming to raise 8% of the whole amount, which equals $20,000. I've got less than $7500 now to raise. Can you help me? Please chip in.

Most of my colleagues on the board have contributed anchor funding via their companies. As a micro-enterprise, my company Creative Contingencies is not in a position to be able to that, so I set out to crowdfund my share of the fundraising effort.

I'd really like to shout out and thank EVERYONE who has made a contribution to get me this far.Whether you donated cash, or helped to amplify my voice, thank you SO so soooo much. I am deeply grateful for your support.

If you can't, or don't want to contribute because you do enough for Drupal that's OK! I completely understand. You're awesome. :) But perhaps you know someone else who is using Drupal, who will be using Drupal you could ask to help us? Do you know someone or an organisation who gets untold value from the effort of our global community? Please ask them, on my behalf, to Make a Donation

If you don't know anyone, perhaps you can help simply by sharing my plea? I'd love that help. I really would!

And if you, like some others I've spoken with, don't think people should be paid to make Free Software then I urge you to read Ashe Dryden's piece on the ethics of unpaid labor in the Open Source Community. It made me think again.

Do you want to know more about how the money is being spent? 

Perhaps you want to find out how to apply to spend it on getting Drupal8 done?

Are you curious about the governance of the program?

And just once more, with feeling, I ask you to please consider making a donation.

So how much more do I need to get it done? To get to GAME OVER?

  • 1 donation x $7500 = game over!
  • 3 donations x $2500
  • 5 donations x $1500
  • 10 donations x $750
  • 15 donationsx $500 <== average donation
  • 75 donations x $100 <== most common donation
  • 100 donations x $75
  • 150 donations x $50
  • 500 donations x $15
  • 750 donations x $10 <== minimum donation

Thank you for reading this far. Really :-)

Categories: Planet Drupal