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From Griselda Cuevas <>
Subject Re: on "meritocracy"
Date Fri, 29 Mar 2019 15:48:22 GMT
Oh I forgot to mention that I just concluded a research on user personas &
journeys for potential OSS contributors. The objective was to identify the
information needs *they* have and what are the characteristics of effective
documentation that would entice them to cross the chasm and actually become

One of the factors that prevents people to contribute is FEAR, fear to make
mistakes, not being welcome, not being supported and vulnerability in
sharing their work with the world.

I think this might support Naomis original points.

I'll be sharing insights once my team and our research vendor finalize
synthesis. The content and results will be public and available for all to

Now that I think of... we could work with this vendor for further research.

On Fri, 29 Mar 2019 at 08:37, Griselda Cuevas <> wrote:

> I'd like to help with the research. I could help to:
> a) Identify a consultant to work on this, and
> b) lead the research representing the ASF.
> Here are my credentials:
> I'm a latin woman, working actively on bringing awareness of Open Source
> to Latin America. I'm planning a conference for 1000 tech practitioners
> (not only CS graduates) in Mexico to talk about how to contribute to Open
> Source. I'm addressing topics such as impostor syndrome, language barriers
> and remote collaboration. I'm also discussing legal matters and
> volunteering as a way to uplevel your career and CV. We're at the same time
> talking to the industry leaders to encourage employees to contribute back
> to OSS. These efforts are part of the Product Inclusion council for Latin
> American users at Google.
> Additionally, in the past, I've done research for Google on fair reward
> systems for what is now our Product Expert programs. The research included
> qualitative and quantitative analysis of people who spoke 20 different
> languages. Our objective was to develop a program and an on boarding
> experience that would grow our community of experts.
> Another thing we should consider is creating a D&I council, PMC, working
> group (or something alike) for the ASF, and I'd love to be part of it.
> Now, I have to share my feelings with discussions on this list. Sometimes
> I struggle to understand when a conversation is ready for action. I feel
> like I've seen so many great ideas, and I don't have visibility into when
> they start to happen or when I should start working on things. This time
> I'm offering to lead... so how could I do it?
> (The disclaimer here is that I've been working with Apache projects for
> 1.5 years, and I have fallen and stumble so many times, so any coaching is
> welcome)
> On Fri, 29 Mar 2019 at 07:58, Rich Bowen <> wrote:
>> On 3/28/19 11:28 PM, Ross Gardler wrote:
>> > Naomi, you are showing great tenacity and patience here. I fully
>> support your goals, but I do worry that demanding the foundation "police"
>> these things by forcing people to behave in a way you find acceptable is
>> counter-productive.
>> FWIW, Pierre used the term "policing".
>> --
>> Rich Bowen -
>> @rbowen
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