Any Free/Libre Open Source Software project will have elements of do-ocracy (rule of those who do the work) but not all decisions should devolve to implementors.  Rather, a basic principle is that decisions should be made by the people who are most affected.

Particularly when a decision strongly affects more than those who carry it out, therefore, we need better ways of making decisions that give everyone their say.  This starts by letting people by heard by everyone else.  Fortunately, we can scale conversations and decisions in a fair and truly democratic way.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn why meritocracy ("rule of those with merit") is a bogus and harmful concept.
  • Gain a passing familiarity with various ways decisions are or have been made in Drupal and other projects.
  • Add sociocracy and sortition to your vocabulary and understand how these esoteric concepts can help our community scale.

The most important things we have to do need to be done together.  And our work together is most powerful when we make decisions about it together.

Target Audience

If you've ever considered who should be making the decisions in a project, group, organization, or community, and especially if you've wondered how the people most affected by decisions can be those making them, this is the session for you.


Attendees who care about a community will get the most out of this!

Also presented at...

  • Drupaldelphia 2019
  • DrupalCon Seattle 2019
  • New England Drupal Camp 2019


Track Audience(s) Experience Level Tags
User Experience (Design & Strategy)
Designers, UX Strategists
Product Stakeholders & Decision Makers
Project Managers, Producers, & Product Owners
All / Any

Scheduling Information

11:00am - 11:50am
, Community

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