Donald Robertson - "Free Software Foundation: Volunteer Empire" (SeaGL, Seattle, WA)
Nov 12, 2016
from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM
Donald Robertson will be speaking at SeaGL (2016-10-26–27). His speech will be nontechnical and the public is encouraged to attend.
People are often surprised to find out that the Free Software Foundation has fewer than 15 employees. Our outreach and activities would not be possible without the thousands of volunteers who make our work possible. Managing the multitude of individual volunteers and volunteer projects has its own difficulties, but also incredible rewards. Tailoring structure, communication, and instructional materials for each type of volunteer and project is key for keeping a well run volunteer empire. We will explore this tailoring through the lens of some of the largest and smallest volunteer projects that the Free Software Foundation facilitates.
The talk will focus on three particular aspects of the work that Free Software Foundation volunteers provide to the world, going into detail about how the scope and nature of each project requires different tools in managing.
Location: Room 3179, Seattle Central College, 1701 Broadway, Seattle, WA
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The day before, Don will be holding a meetup for free software supporters in the area, and we encourage everyone to attend. Food and beverages will be served.