The Ethical DevRel

Posted on Monday, Mar 16, 2020
Events have a code of conduct. Projects often have rules of behavior for those who participate. There are expected rules we follow when creating content, from adhering to MLA style to ensuring ideas are delivered in a succinct way with value to the consumer. But when it comes to DevRel, there is no specific rule set or guidelines for practitioners. Beyond the external rules we need to follow as generally good humans, there is nothing to show how to be an ethical DevRel practitioner. So where does that leave us? Coraline Ada Ehmke and Don Goodman-Wilson join us to discuss this difficult topic.

Show Notes

Check Outs

PJ Hagerty
  • Personal Record Club - A spotify API consuming way to share your album choices socially (based on the @PJAlbumoftheDay twitter account)
  • A Drop of Midnight - Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité’s memoir on growing up African-American in Sweden and what finding his roots really means.
SJ Morris
  • Burnout Index: A quick pulse on how work is affecting you
  • This tweet of an otter playing with an iPhone set to Careless Whisper
Mary Thengvall
  • Geekbot - asynchronous standup bot on Slack for distributed teams
Don Goodman-Wilson
Coraline Ada Ehmke
  • Title of Conf - A joyful new musical conference showcasing the brilliant talent thriving the tech community.

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Guests

Coraline Ada Ehmke

Coraline Ada Ehmke

Coraline Ada Ehmke is an international speaker, writer, and developer with over 25 years of experience in software engineering. She was recognized for her work on diversity in open source with a Ruby Hero award in 2016. Coraline is the creator of the Contributor Covenant, the most popular open source code of conduct in the world with over 40,000 adoptions. She launched the Ethical Source movement in 2019 and is the author of the Hippocratic License, an ethical source license that prohibits the use of software to commit human rights abuses. Find her on Twitter at @CoralineAda or on the web at where.coraline.codes.

Don Goodman-Wilson

Don Goodman-Wilson

Don Goodman-Wilson is a philosopher-engineer who focuses on ethics in tech and empowering software maintainers. Don is the founder of Katsudon.tech consultancy and the DevRel Salon, sits on the board of the Maintainerati Foundation. In previous lives, Don has worked with startups in such diverse fields as open source development, web security, chatbots, streaming media, embedded hardware, the model railroading industry; he also holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis. Don enjoys statically typed languages and sailing, and lives with his wife and daughter in Amsterdam.

Hosts

PJ Hagerty

PJ Hagerty

PJ is the founder of DevRelate.io and a board member of Open Sourcing Mental Illness. He is an organizer of DevOps Days Buffalo, CodeDaze, and ElixirDaze. PJ is a developer, writer, speaker, musician, and Community Advocate. He is known to travel the world speaking about programming and the way people think and interact. He is also known for wearing hats.

Sarah-Jane Morris

Sarah-Jane Morris

For the past 15 years, Sarah-Jane Morris has been growing and nurturing developer communities at various stages of growth; at startups like Context IO and Keen IO, at high growth companies like Shopify, and at corporations like Intel. SJ’s audacious vision to make every developer community diverse, welcoming and sustainable inspired her to launch Listen Community Consulting in 2019. Alongside Listen, she joined HubSpot’s Developer Relations team as a Senior Program Manager in November 2019.

Mary Thengvall

Mary Thengvall

Mary Thengvall is a connector of people at heart, both personally and professionally. She loves digging into the strategy of how to build and foster communities, and has been working with various developer communities for over 10 years. After several years of building community programs at O’Reilly Media, Chef Software, and SparkPost, she’s now consulting for companies looking to build out a Developer Relations strategy. She’s also the author of the first book on Developer Relations: The Business Value of Developer Relations (© 2018, Apress)