Supporting the collective: Co-ops, CoTech and Anti-capitalism

For a while now, since realizing that co-op values and principles and open source ones overlap quite extensively, I’ve been noticing something interesting capitalism (or just our Western culture?) tries to convince us of. It involves a pseudo-humanist state of mind, and I can’t quite figure out where or how the norm is established. We […]

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Supporting the collective: Co-ops, CoTech and Anti-capitalism

A Collection of Voices: We Are Open Co-op Day: September 2017 Edition

On the first day of September in the Year of Our Lord 2017, the We Are Open Co-op joined together in a celebration of piety towards intellect. Wait…what am I doing here? I’ve been reading Shakespeare and watching Braveheart. Ignore that voice, I was trying too hard. The We Are Open Co-op finally got together […]

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A Collection of Voices: We Are Open Co-op Day: September 2017 Edition

How to handle criticism of your open project

originally posted on Opensource.com Remaining empathetic when people criticize your project can be difficult. Here’s how my team did it recently. Over the course of the past year, the project I’m working on has been using open organizational principles as the cornerstone of the work. It’s the first attempt at using open methodologies inside of […]

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How to handle criticism of your open project

What to do when your open team has impostor syndrome

Originally posted on Opensource.com Want to overcome your team’s feelings of inadequacy? Start by making different language choices. Recently I facilitated a creative work week for my colleagues working on the Planet 4 project at Greenpeace. One evening, when we came together in a closing circle after a day of intense creative work, I asked […]

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What to do when your open team has impostor syndrome

Thinking about robots

In the biweekly call I’ve been running since I came to Greenpeace, we have some deep philosophical discussions. We start with something meta, and then talk about how that meta thing relates to Greenpeace. In our call last week, our meta topic was “robots”. We talked high level for a bit, and then we focused […]

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Thinking about robots

What storytellers can teach open leaders

Learning from great storytellers makes us better open leaders—as long as we understand what these roles have in common. People are natural storytellers. From the moment we learn to speak, we use stories to communicate and to express our needs and desires. Great storytelling happens when the person telling the story is emotionally involved in […]

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What storytellers can teach open leaders

We write for ourselves.

Over the last few weeks, many of us Internet people – progressives, left leaners – have been thinking deeply about how we’ve managed to screw the pooch in what is commonly being called The-Year-of-Suck-2016. We’ve been working so hard to create equity and move our world towards a better future, but we somehow managed to […]

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We write for ourselves.

Greenpeace, the Open Organization and All Things Open 2016

Walking into the Red Hat Tower in Raleigh, North Carolina, I was feeling particularly upbeat. For over a year, I’ve been writing about open organizations on Opensource.com and serving as an Ambassador for the Open Organization. I was about to meet “my editor”, with whom I have a hilarious backchannel and a number of other […]

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Greenpeace, the Open Organization and All Things Open 2016

Why I can’t wait to represent at All Things Open

In two short weeks (OMG!!), I’ll be attending All Things Open. The 3 main reasons why I’m excited: I will connect. All Things Open has an incredible line up with passion and experience from across the Open Movement. The attendees of such a conference are bound to have some commonalities with yours truly. Others will […]

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Why I can’t wait to represent at All Things Open

Supporters to Change Agents

  Semantics play a big role in life. The words we use influence how we think. Words affect our thoughts on the people we’re trying to serve and the issues we’re trying to address. This week, some of my allies at Greenpeace gathered to discuss how Greenpeace thinks about its community. I use the word […]

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Supporters to Change Agents