Last week, I attended the Linux Foundation’s Open Source Leadership Summit in Sonoma. The sunny weather and great wine was a treat, but spending time talking with others about the challenges of web standards and the open source ecosystem was a privilege. Though there were a lot of great talks¹, the real draw of the event for me was the connections and working meetings I had while there. I came away with so many great ideas; it’s hard to know where to begin evaluating and pursuing them all!
My colleagues from the JS Foundation were there, which gave us some valuable face-to-face brainstorming time on new programs we can kick off for our projects and members. I was particularly inspired by Sarah Novotny and Jaice Singer DuMars‘ message about reinforcing values and positive reinforcement in the Kubernetes community, and hope to bring some of that thinking into a couple of programs I’m proposing to the Board this Spring.
Speaking of JS peers, I very much enjoyed the quality time with Maggie Pint, Myles Borins and Dan Shaw. These people care so much about improving the culture and community of web development practitioners, and talking with them about what’s working, what’s not, and what we can do about that was really inspiring. I’m very grateful to know them and to learn from them.
It’s rare for me to return from an event feeling energized like this. I think because there was so much conversation and collaboration going on, it felt like real productivity. If I’m invited to attend next year, I will definitely go.
¹ Unfortunately most talks weren’t recorded, but several people published their slides on the event website.