Scaling Community Discussion and Decision-making

May 01, 2020

Presented by Benjamin Melançon

Any Free/Libre Open Source Software project will have elements of do-ocracy (rule of those who do the work) but not all decisions should devolve to implementors. Rather, a basic principle is that decisions should be made by the people who are most affected.

Particularly when a decision strongly affects more than those who carry it out, therefore, we need better ways of making decisions that give everyone their say. This starts by letting people by heard by everyone else. Fortunately, we can scale conversations and decisions in a fair and truly democratic way.

Learning Objectives
Learn why meritocracy ("rule of those with merit") is a bogus and harmful concept.
Gain a passing familiarity with various ways decisions are or have been made in Drupal and other projects.
Add sociocracy and sortition to your vocabulary and understand how these esoteric concepts can help our community scale.
The most important things we have to do need to be done together. And our work together is most powerful when we make decisions about it together.

Target Audience
If you've ever considered who should be making the decisions in a project, group, organization, or community, and especially if you've wondered how the people most affected by decisions can be those making them, this is the session for you.

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