This is the first in a series of posts I'm going to write leading up to the Drupal Association elections. I've put my hat into the ring because I feel like I can make a substantiative contribution to all of you through helping with good governance of the Drupal Association. I want to encourage others to do the same!
A friend in the community asked, "Why on earth would you want to do this? It'll eat your time and what will you get back for doing it???" This is pretty simple to answer.
I believe in contributing value back to supportive communities. I am grateful to the men and women who have made Drupal successful. When one views the world through a filter of gratitude, it has the effect of increasing a person's desire to contribute and help nurture those who are also participatory. You genuinely care about the people who are also involved in that community and they genuinely care about you. For me, this belief has borne itself within the Drupal community so many times that it is hard to express how thankful I am for you all.
While I started experimenting with Drupal in 2006 it really became the way I've earn my living in 2007. When I started participating in the community, first by attending meetups but later by making presentations, evangelizing, contributing a bit to documentation, engaging in governance discussions for the community, and helping organize events, what I gave came back double. This deepened my commitment to the community as a whole. When I've had challenges, suggestions and help are only as far away as an IRC client.
What have I done in service to the community? You see, I don't contribute code, but I do serve the community in other ways.
- Member of the Drupal Association
- Helped organize and run Meetups in Boulder from 2007 through 2009
- Helped with documentation
- Contributed to discussions on governance and marketing
- Was on the local committee for Drupalcon Denver and became a Volunteer Wrangler and the Customer Service Wrangler
- Helped organize and volunteered at Drupalcamp Colorado - starting with the second camp
- Keynoted at Drupalcamp Austin
- Presented at Camps, Cons, and Meetups
- Blogged on the business of Drupal
- Evangelized the adoption of Drupal
Getting elected would mean I would be able to bring to bear my experience in the non-profit world and my experience with boards marrying it with my devotion to the Drupal Project. My next blog post will talk about my experience and how they would inform my efforts as a board member of the DA.
I hope that you plan on voting in the elections and that you'll consider me as someone that can represent your interests. Please tweet, FaceBook, and Google+ these posts. I need as much help as I can get to spread the word! I also need your vote.
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