Presented by:

Josh Simmons

from Open Chapters

Josh Simmons is a community organizer, open source strategist, and civic engagement geek with a passion for building up people, partnerships, programs, and organizations around the commons. He has worked as a freelancer and startup CEO, in corporate open source, helped start an OSPO, served on boards and as a campaign manager.

Josh is a partner in Open Chapters, where he focuses on open source, organizational development, and inclusive organizing, is the author of the Public Health Pledge, Operations Lead of Petaluma Pride, and is involved in several new nonprofits around labor organizing and trust and safety on the Fediverse.

However, Josh is best known for his six-year tenure with Open Source Initiative, which he led out of cascading crises and through to a new stage of maturity as the most senior member of the board. He concluded his time with OSI as its President and then Chair in 2022.

“Conflu” and “con crud” are nothing new to people who attend in-person conferences, and the tendency to come home sick has long been treated as unavoidable, and as an acceptable risk. The COVID-19 pandemic put a finer point on the health risks of in-person events, and presents executives, leaders, and organizers with a choice:

Do we seize this opportunity to better understand our duty of care and run more inclusive events? Or do we fall back on a status quo that calcified inequities and excluded people with disabilities, chronic illness, caregivers, and those who live with them?

The choice is clear. We aim to rise to the challenge of running safer and more inclusive events. Let’s draw on the lessons we learned as community leaders and influencers pushed Codes of Conduct into the mainstream, and raise the bar together – again.

In this presentation, we will explore lessons learned amid the pandemic, dive deep on the evolving practice of Health and Safety policies, and prepare our communities for a world racked by the climate crisis in which contagious diseases are growing in number and frequency.

Take heart: this talk is a hopeful one. Attendees will leave with a vision of a more inclusive future, mental models to navigate newfound complexity, and good examples to draw on for events of every size and shape.

2023 November 3 - 11:30
50 min
Room 1
SeaGL 2023
Community and Culture

Happening at the same time:

  1. Linux like it was 50 years ago
  2. Start Time:
    2023 November 3 11:30

    Room 2

  3. Using FLOSS to plan your daily exercise by birding!
  4. Start Time:
    2023 November 3 11:30

    Room 3

  5. Designing for impact
  6. Start Time:
    2023 November 3 12:00

    Room 3