I recently shared the community needs and potential strategies for evolving community governance, which resulted from the Community Discussions we held in person and online throughout April and May. You can find the webinar recording and written transcript, as well as the meeting minutes from all Community Discussions, at https://www.drupal.org/community/discussions.
Many community members who participated in these discussions agreed that the next step to take in this process is to hold a Community Governance Summit. However, we are not yet clear on where and when this event should take place, who should participate, and several other important details. I worked with community members to develop this survey so we can answer those questions.
Please take 5 minutes to take this community survey and tell us your thoughts about the Community Governance Summit. This survey will remain open until 11:59pm EDT on July 28, 2017. We will analyze the findings and report back on what we learned in a follow-up blog post by Friday, August 4.
Thank you for your time and participation.
On 28 June, 2017, the Drupal Association Board held the second of four annual public meetings. It was a full meeting where staff provided operational updates and gained some strategic direction from board members on how to proceed in various areas. Some highlights included:
Summary of DrupalCon Baltimore’s performance and impact.
Progress on securing future DrupalCon locations.
An update on the Drupal.org infrastructure RFP that was recently awarded to Tag1.
Whitney Hess also attended the board meeting to give an update on the Community Discussion work and invited the community to attend her webinar that shared her findings and next steps. You can learn more and watch the recorded webinar here.
Also, Jamie Nau, our “virtual CFO” from Summit CPA attended the meeting to review April 2017 financial statements, which showed that DrupalCon Baltimore exceeded expectations, positioning the Drupal Association for a healthier year, financially. This is encouraging news as we work through our financial turnaround, which started a year ago.
In an effort to be more transparent about board activities, the board chose to use this public forum to vote to approve the January through April 2017 financial statements. April 2017 financial statements showed that April was a successful month primarily due to DrupalCon Baltimore's strong financial performance.
You can find the meeting minutes and board materials here.
We were pleased to have community members attend and invite you to attend our next board meeting on 27 September, 2017 at noon CEST. It is located in the DrupalCon Vienna convention center and can also be attended via zoom.
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Thank you for supporting the Drupal Association and for being part of our community.
Last week, we shared the high-level findings from our recent Community Discussions. Today, Whitney Hess hosted a webinar to explain those findings in depth, along with proposals from the community on how to evolve community governance.
We encourage you to watch the video and post your questions in the comment section here. If you have comments but wish to remain private, Whitney asks you to email her directly at email@example.com.
You can find the transcript here.
Over the last few years, many of us have seen the need to evolve community governance. Up until now, we had to focus on other priorities, but now is the time to address our needs for community governance especially in light of recent community events.
Our project has matured greatly and participation has expanded from developers and site builders to also include more content editors, designers, and marketing managers who work not only as freelancers or at Drupal shops, but also for large digital agencies or system integrators. We want all community members to be included in these community discussions so the redefined community governance serves everyone. This is an exciting time to create an even healthier future for our ever-growing community.
The Drupal Association is committed to staying in a support role as the community determines how to best evolve community governance to support everyone’s needs. We started helping by hosting Community Discussions that were mediated by Whitney Hess. There were 7 sessions at DrupalCon Baltimore and 7 virtual sessions between April and May. You can find the meeting minutes here.
The Community Discussions surfaced several common needs and identified several strategies for addressing those needs.
The most commonly shared needs of the community are (in order of frequency):
Strategies to address those needs ranged from clarifying the responsibilities and boundaries of the leadership roles throughout the Drupal project, determining how and where to communicate community decisions, improving processes for community management, and providing easier access to documentation about leadership roles and clearly communicating what is expected of Drupal community members.
In terms of next steps, the participants were in agreement that we need to come together in a Governance Summit to start architecting improvements to today’s governance structure. However, the community did not define the best way to hold this meeting. It is still unclear when and where it should be, and who should participate and facilitate. We will send out a community survey next to get input from you to answer these questions.
Attend The Webinar
We invite to you attend a webinar on July 6 at 11 am ET / 1600 BST / 8:30 pm IST hosted by Whitney Hess. Whitney will review the findings from our Community Discussions in more detail. We will record the video and share it with you afterwards, along with a written transcript.
Dial in details are below:
Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 589 988 397
International numbers available:
Thank you for your patience and participation as we tackle these big questions and move forward together as a stronger community.