Old offline patterns lead to lacklustre online approximations—we can have better virtual meetings & conferences.

Since the start of the pandemic, many more people are experiencing remote teams, online conferences, and collaboration through technology. It’s a strange and wonderful world of cat lawyers in courtrooms and robot graduations. We’re meeting everyone’s kids and pets, attending meetings in pyjama bottoms, and enjoying more flexibility and less commuting.

However, as a long-time remote worker and online facilitator, I have to ask: have we truly made the mental leap to digital space? I see many copy-pasted offline patterns, followed by complaints that they’re not as good as the in-person versions. Conferences without serendipitous hallway connections. Meetings where someone…

I’m an intuitive cook, improvising on recipes freely when I use them at all. That’s why Salt Fat Acid Heat is the perfect cookbook for me.

It’s an exploration of the underlying principles of good cooking, explaining the science behind how ingredients behave and the why behind the norms of cuisine. The information is presented in an accessible and engaging way, so the knowledge can be internalised and applied freely. It empowers with knowledge rather than dictating by rote.

Combined with Samin Nosrat’s delightful voice, personal stories, and infectious enthusiasm for good food, not to mention the stunning illustrations and…

Full Circle Leadership highlights the strengths of eight diverse kinds of leadership. But each also comes with a shadow side.

Full Circle Leadership is a framework for understanding the forms leadership takes in non-hierarchical groups, and for mapping project life-cycles in emergent environments without top-down project planning.

To learn even more, read the original article, extend it with patterns and loops, watch the video, or take a course.

Every kind of leadership has a dark side. Shadows can come out due to stress, conflict, or feeling undervalued. They can be exacerbated by overspecialisation in one type of leadership, to the detriment of empathy and balance. …

Patterns, loops, and what we can learn from playing with the model.

Since developing Full Circle Leadership, I’ve run numerous workshops and courses based on it, and every time the discussions inspire new discoveries. I love how the model itself is simple, but more depth emerges the more different people explore it. These extensions reveal interesting dynamics about leadership in collaborative groups.

Full Circle Leadership courses now available! Also see the original article, and the dark sides of leadership.

Dyadic Opposites

Some people are strong in several adjacent leadership styles. Others operate in the creative tension of polar opposites. …

How creating a Steering Group became the game-changer for Universal Viewer, propelling this long-running project into a whole new phase.

Interview with Edward Silverton, maintainer of the Universal Viewer project.

What’s the origin of the Universal Viewer?

In 2012 I was contracted by Digirati to work on the “Wellcome Player” for the Wellcome Library in London, a unified viewer for all of their digital catalogue items (high-res deep-zoomable images, audio/video, PDFs), which allowed people to download content, embed it, share it, and read associated metadata.

It became clear that open-sourcing the Wellcome Player could have many benefits, like receiving pull requests with improvements and boosting public engagement, which is what the project and the Wellcome Library are all about. So we did.

Open sourcing the software was…

How learning from Māori has enriched my life

I recently attended a hui on the theme of Te Ao Māori with the Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network. It was special for many reasons, first of all because it was at Waitangi, at the Treaty grounds and historic Te Tii marae.

Note: I use a number of Māori words in this post. I’ve put a glossary at the end for those less familiar with Te Reo, as I was when I first moved here.

A rainbow appeared when we visited this field, the place where the founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand was signed.

The hui brought together a unique mix of people and cultures. There were Māori people speaking Chinese and Chinese people speaking Māori. There were…

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The Open Source Collective’s widening umbrella

To support open source beyond just code, OSC is now fiscally hosting even more projects who are building the ecosystem worldwide, like meetups, advocacy initiatives, and conferences. Learn more.

Featured Collective: Witchcraft

Now accepting even more projects who are building the open source ecosystem worldwide

The Open Source Collective (OSC), a non-profit serving as fiscal host for 1300+ open source projects on Open Collective, wants to support groups around the world who are building the open source ecosystem in diverse ways, beyond just code. So we’re widening the umbrella and clarifying our acceptance criteria.

Up to now, OSC has mainly focused on projects who are directly building open source software, and accepted other open-source-related groups, like meetups, advocacy initiatives, and conferences, only by exception. Now we want to be more inclusive.

US-based open source meetups and related groups can be hosted by the Open Collective…

From our June 2019 board meeting

The Open Source Collective is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization the serves as a fiscal sponsor to over 1,300 open source projects on Open Collective. We believe in transparency, so we’re publishing regular recaps of what happens in our board meetings. For more details, like who’s on the board and a detailed transparent budget, please see our Collective page.

Recent Financials


Balance: $129,565

April: $15,050
May: $10,875
(mainly from host fees)

April: $3,550
May: $4,700

  • $2,500/mo for Executive Director role (Alanna)
  • $1,000 toward animated explainer video (coming in July)
  • $1,560 to accountants (catching up on old invoices + annual accounts)

Financial process improvements

Alanna Irving

Exploring bossless leadership, collaborative tech, and co-op systems — https://alanna.space

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