To define a core set of principles of what authentic participation means in multiple contexts (e.g. corporate, individual, humanitarian/NGO, etc.).
- Explore what Authentic Participation means from different perspectives
- Write a draft of these Principles and release in the commons
- Take a final draft and act as advocates for these Principles in our organizations, projects, and communities
- Optional: Continue participation as curators of Principles over time
- What does organizational accountability mean? What does it look like in practice?
- How does an organization participate in open source communities transparently and authentically?
- How can we create a shared, inter-organizational resource to take back to our orgs to help explain what authentic participating in open source actually looks like?
- How can we build social accountability into our workplaces?
Reports and documents
This discussion took place across two working sessions at Sustain 2020:
- Models for corporate accountability as open source community members (a.k.a. what does it mean to be a corporate member of open source communities?)
- Principles of Authentic Contribution (session notes) - Google Docs
- Principles of Authentic Participation: continuing the Sustain conversation - Sustain OSS Discourse thread
How to get involved
Drafting is still early, so how you can participate is mostly up to you. Currently, we are looking for diverse groups of people from different backgrounds to share their perspective on what they think works and what doesn’t. We don’t want to have any one group (e.g. corporations, nonprofits, humanitarian orgs, etc.) dominate the discussion. The success of these Principles depends on building a coalition of diverse people to draft and advocate these Principles.
For now, the best way to get involved is to introduce yourself on the Discourse discussion thread. Over time, there may be more opportunities to get involved. If you are interested and want to be included on email follow-up, reach out to Justin W. Flory to be included in the loop.