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Talking Drupal: Talking Drupal #365 - Event Platform

1 week 1 day ago

Today we are talking about The Event Platform with Kaleem Clarkson & Martin Anderson-Clutz.

www.talkingDrupal.com/365

Topics
  • Where the idea originated
  • What are the main goals
  • What does it do out of the box
  • Is this a Conference Organizing Distribution (COD) Replacement
  • Why make a module and not a distribution
  • Does this follow the new recipe or starter kit concept
  • Which theme do you target
  • What is on the roadmap
  • Where can the event platform team use help
  • Anything else
Resources Guests

Kaleem Clarkson - kaleemclarkson.com @kaleemclarkson Martin Anderson-Clutz - @mandclu

Hosts

Nic Laflin - www.nLighteneddevelopment.com @nicxvan John Picozzi - www.epam.com @johnpicozzi

MOTW

Smart Date This module attempts to provide a more user-friendly date field, by upgrading the functionality of core in a number of ways.

Lemberg Solutions: How to Use Drupal Layout Builder to Make Newsletters Look Good

1 week 1 day ago
Layout Builder (LB) is a Drupal feature enabling the creation of visual layouts fast and painlessly. It gives you flexibility in customizing your content look, making it structured and user-friendly. With this tool, you can also access a visual preview that will help you understand how all the blocks on your website will be compatible with each other. On top of that, ecommerce websites require consistency in the visual part to make a user's journey easy and interactive. But Drupal Layout Builder can give you so much more than just a compelling UI.

Drupal Association blog: Drupal Association board meets in Prague, before DrupalCon

1 week 2 days ago

Prague, September 19, 2022

Drupal is one of the largest open source projects in the world. It has a lively community of tens of thousands Drupal professionals worldwide. Many companies including Tesla and Amnesty International rely on Drupal for their digital experiences. The largest Drupal conference called DrupalCon is back in person for the first time in three years. The Drupal Association caters to the needs of Drupal and its worldwide community. The board of directors met ahead in Prague to make plans and work on strategies sustaining Drupal’s growth.

DrupalCon is an essential opportunity for individuals and organizations in the Drupal ecosystem, a key way to support the programs of the Drupal Association as a non-profit, and the place where many friendships, connections, major Drupal contributions are made, and project milestones are achieved.

Besides regular virtual meetings, DrupalCon is a great opportunity for the board members to meet in person and brainstorm ideas. The board retreat is where they set out goals for the leadership team to work in the coming year. This time is special also because the board is in the process of hiring a new CEO, who will be introduced in October. 

The process of hiring a new CEO was done carefully, which is now in its final stages. Other topics on the agenda were marketing strategies and ways to accelerate innovation for Drupal. Close collaboration with the communities worldwide will be another prime focal point for the coming year. The European Drupal community is very diverse and lively, DrupalCon Europe will bring continents working with Drupal closer together. 

Drupal’s position has never been stronger, with Drupal empowering digital platforms all over the world. Drupal’s authoring experience has seen some great advancements in the past year. The total cost of ownership and headless capabilities of Drupal are beyond many of its competitors, particularly as part of an open source ecosystem. With headless frameworks rapidly gaining momentum, Drupal’s strategy for 2023 includes focus on innovation and user experience. Drupal’s roadmap will be laid out by project lead Dries Buytaert at his keynote at DrupalCon.

“I'm excited that DrupalCon Europe is back in person and looking forward to meeting the global community in Prague. DrupalCon is the heartbeat of Drupal innovation, a place to grow your network and skills, and a community homecoming. I hope you join us in Prague!”

<-- Dries Buytaert, Drupal Founder, and Project Lead.

The Drupal Association is the non-profit organization focused on accelerating Drupal, fostering the growth of the Drupal community, and supporting the project’s vision to create a safe, secure, and open web for everyone. Are you using Drupal or are you a Drupal community? Feel free to connect!

#! code: Drupal 9: Debugging Cache Problems With The Cache Review Module

1 week 2 days ago

Drupal has a robust and dynamic cache system that allows complex pages to have different parts of it cached in different ways.

Having a cache means that Drupal doesn't need to go back to the database and ask all the elements of the page to re-render everything for every page request. The results of the render can be stored in a cache and served much faster than having to recreate them again.

You might have a page that displays content from a node and contains a few blocks to show menus, search forms, share links, and similar. Each part of this page can be cached in different ways and all of this information bubbles up to the aggregate page cache.

Tracking down issues in the cache system can be a complex task. If one element on your page is not caching correctly then this can cause the whole page (and sometimes the entire site) to not be cached properly.

Solving these problems is very important but can be a time consuming process. The best place to start is by turning on debugging headers and looking to see what sort of cache tags are being generated. Performance analysis will tell you where the most database reads are coming from, which is usually a good indication of poorly cached content.

This is where the Cache Review module comes in. The module has been designed to decorate the outgoing page request and add lots of cache information to the page.

It's never to be used in production as it does create a lot of output on the page (even for anonymous users) but it is a very useful tool in getting to grips with what your cache is doing.

Read more.

Centarro: Drupal Commerce development sprint at DrupalCon Prague

1 week 4 days ago

It's been three years since DrupalCon Amsterdam, the last time we were able to bring our American and European teams together at a DrupalCon. In remote work years, that's practically an eternity, so we're stoked to be back together again during DrupalCon Prague. 🤘🏼

This time around we decided to "focus on us" after a busy summer of client project launches coordinated around vacation schedules. Instead of staffing a booth, we'll be hosting a weeklong Drupal Commerce maintenance sprint focused on various Commerce Core, Commerce Kickstart, and Centarro certified project issues.

Feel free to reach out if you'd like to join us physically or remotely. If you have a patch ready for review already in one of the related queues, tag it with KickstartPrague2022 and we'll do our best to take a look!

Read more

Drupal Core News: Join strategic and community initiatives at DrupalCon Prague

1 week 5 days ago

DrupalCon Prague is next week with more than a thousand in-person attendees and leads of various key initiatives there. Meet the leaders of improvements to Drupal core and drupal.org and advance the platform together! Here are chances to meet them and connect.

Keynotes

The Drupal Initiative Leads keynote on Tuesday at 1:30pm will feature Lauri Eskola (CKEditor 5), Leslie Glynn (Project Browser), Ted Bowman (Automatic Updates), Marine Gandy (localize.drupal.org's Drupal 9 port), Neil Drumm (drupal.org's Gitlab), Alex Pott (Drupal recipes) and Gábor Hojtsy (Project Update Bot).

The Driesnote on Wednesday at 8:45am will also include an update on key initiatives as well as other exciting insights into where Drupal is headed.

Contribution day

All of the initiatives mentioned below will have key folks working on contribution day on Friday (23rd of September). Join them at their respective tables to be part of Drupal's future!

Project Browser

Check out the Project Browser Initiative: Where We're At session on Wednesday at 10:30am.

Leads Leslie Glynn and Chris Wells will be at DrupalCon. Find Chris at the contribution rooms most days to collaborate on project browser development. Meet Leslie at mentored contribution events to try project browser.

There are two dedicated testing sessions where you can get hands on with Project browser on Tuesday at 15:00: Usability Testing Project Browser (1) and right after that on Tuesday at 16:15 Usability Testing Project Browser (2). Join anytime, you don't need to arrive for the start of the test.

There are two focused working BoFs as well to get involved. Project Browser Initiative - Let's discuss Categories is on Thursday at 3:00pm. Project Browser: Re-evaluate Drupal.org Project Pages is on Wednesday at 3:00pm.

Automatic updates

While there is no dedicated Automatic Updates session, Ted Bowman is presenting ​​Package Manager: Powering Automatic Updates and Project Browser to Drupal's easy Composer future to take a peak behind the scenes. David Strauss will also be in attendance.

While Automatic updates is stable, it would be great to get test results of it on various hosting environments. Join Ted and David on testing events on Tuesday at 15:00: Automatic updates hosting testing (2/1) and also on Tuesday at 16:16: Automatic updates hosting testing (2/1). Try the module on your hosts and discuss results live. You don't need to arrive for the start of the testing events, join anytime!

Even if you are not at DrupalCon, you can follow the testing instructions and submit a report.

CKEditor 5

To learn about CKEditor 5 itself, don't miss Wiktor Walc's CKEditor 5 in Drupal 10: what is there to be excited about? on Tuesday at 16:15. Lauri Eskola will be presenting Reimagining text editing in Drupal Core: CKEditor 5 on Thursday at 11:30am to cover specifics to how its integrated in Drupal.

Looking into porting your CKEditor 4 extension module to CKEditor 5? Join Lauri and Wiktor on Wednesday at 15:00 at CKEditor contributed module porting office hour to discuss any challenges and get ideas on how to move forward.

CKEditor is also a conference sponsor, so you can talk to them throught the conference in the expo hall! Get a demo there!

Drupal recipes

Alex Pott and Tim Lehnen will present Drupal Starter Kits: From #Driesnote to Initiative on Wednesday at 5:15pm. Look for the recipes table in the contribution space especially on Friday!

Olivero

Mike Herchel and Andy Blum will be presenting All the cool things you can do when you don’t support IE11 (and how we can use these in Drupal core) on Wednesday at 3pm, which will feature various examples from Olivero.

Olivero is stable and the default theme in core, and there are no major works planned for it at DrupalCon. That said, Mike is a very friendly person, so feel free to approach him and discuss ideas.

Performance

Interested in improving Drupal's Core Web Vitals? There was some recent work on this, but the potential is huge!

Janez Urevc, Fabian Franz and Google’s Andrey Lipattsev will present Core Web Vitals: Improving the End User Experience of Drupal on Thursday at 12:45 covering their work to date, how to leverage these features, and a call for people to join in making further improvements.

Join the performance workshop to learn about analysis tooling and using those to identify areas for improvement, implementing the improvements and discussions on collaborating to further improve performance. Tag1 & Google Performance Workshop (sponsored by Tag1 & Google). You can even submit your website to be featured in the workshop!

GitLab

Tim Lehnen from the Drupal Association is presenting a dedicated session about titled Drupal.org Update: Fostering community collaboration on Wednesday at 11:30am.

Folks like Fran Garcia-Linares and Neil Drumm working on the GitLab migration project will be at the event. Find them at the contribution tables or meet them at the Drupal Association desk at the exhibition.

Localize.drupal.org on Drupal 9

All of the key people in the initiative will be at DrupalCon! Felip Manyer i Ballester will present Drupal 9 localization server upgrade initiative: taking care of our translation tools for the Drupal community on Tuesday at 5:40pm.

Join the BoF for this initiative at 15:00-15:45 Wednesday: D9 localization server upgrade initiative (BoF) and make sure to provide your feedback through the online form, which will be promoted at the event on flyers at the sticker table and the contribution room.

And even more

These were just some of the top initiatives we are tracking and there will be a lot more things you can learn and be involved with at DrupalCon. Check out the full DrupalCon schedule for sessions and especially BoFs to get involved and make sure to join contribution spaces throughout the event and on Friday.

Sooper Drupal Themes: Your no-code Drupal content experience just got faster and better with DXPR Builder 2.0.0!

1 week 5 days ago
Faster workflow and enhanced layout design capabilities

We enhance the already most effective, efficient, and polished no-code Drupal content experience with live editing! Live editing means that interactions with settings are visible immediately. For example changing 'font size', 'background color', or the date setting for a countdown timer, will update the page live. You no longer have to click "Save changes" to see the result of your creative input.

Intuitive user experience with our new product design

 A fresh makeover ensures an intuitive and fun work environment for content editors and marketers. It's not just a fresh coat of paint. We redesigned all widgets to make sure all the details look right. Sliders, color pickers, date selectors, there are over 20 carefully fine-tuned widgets to create a polished product that inspires trust.

On open source, security, and durability

Whereas DXPR Builder 1.x was only available via our private composer server and website DPXR Builder 2.0.0 is released on Drupal.org!

What does this mean for you?

  • The code that keeps your content working will be available to you regardless of what happens to DXPR
  • DXPR Builder opts into Drupal.org's security advisory policy

Would you really want to use a low-code tool that processes or stores your content in a black box? What happens if you stop doing business with the provider of the low code software? With DXPR Builder you own your content. Moreover, your content is never sent back to our servers: all the rendering happens in your browser and all storage happens on your own infrastructure. 

Transparent and predictable pricing

With DXPR Builder 2.x we have done away with Site Licenses. We have listened to our customers who were sometimes confused about (not) needing to buy separate Site Licenses for production, testing environments, or for very similar microsites, subdomains, etcetera. Rather than covering every detail in cumbersome legal terms we have done away with Site Licenses altogether. 

With the removal of Site Licenses, we introduced a small price increase for User license pricing. You pay per user and that's it.

Due to popular demand, we also introduced a monthly plan. It's no longer required to pay a year in advance. 

Check DXPR Builder pricing!

Try DXPR Builder 2.0.0 now!

You can try DXPR Builder for free without pulling out your credit card! Try DXPR Builder at try.dxpr.com!

Useful links

Opensource.com: How I switched from Docker Desktop to Colima

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Colima is a Docker Desktop alternative for macOS and Linux that's now supported by DDEV.

DDEV is an open source tool that makes it simple to get local PHP development environments up and running within minutes. It’s powerful and flexible as a result of its per…

ImageX: DrupalCon Prague 2022: expectations of a first-time attendee

1 week 6 days ago
Among the multitude of Drupal events, DrupalCon is the one that makes the hearts of thousands of Drupalers beat with special excitement. This September, DrupalCon Europe will take place in the magical city of Prague. It will gather Drupal developers, project managers, content strategists, marketers — and the list goes on for the job titles of folks who attend the event for insights, networking, skill-sharing, and inspiration.

Nonprofit Drupal posts: September Drupal for Nonprofits Chat

1 week 6 days ago

We're back from summer vacation!!!  Join us TOMORROW, Thursday, September 15 at 1pm ET / 10am PT, as we resume our normally scheduled call to chat about all things Drupal and nonprofits. (Convert to your local time zone.)

No pre-defined topics on the agenda this month, so join us for an informal chat about anything at the intersection of Drupal and nonprofits.  Got something specific on your mind? Feel free to share ahead of time in our collaborative Google doc: https://nten.org/drupal/notes!

All nonprofit Drupal devs and users, regardless of experience level, are always welcome on this call.

This free call is sponsored by NTEN.org and open to everyone. 

  • Join the call: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81817469653

    • Meeting ID: 818 1746 9653
      Passcode: 551681

    • One tap mobile:
      +16699006833,,81817469653# US (San Jose)
      +13462487799,,81817469653# US (Houston)

    • Dial by your location:
      +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
      +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
      +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
      +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
      +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
      +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

    • Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kpV1o65N

  • Follow along on Google Docs: https://nten.org/drupal/notes

View notes of previous months' calls.

The Drop Times: Grading Drupal Contributions: Why Now and What Next

1 week 6 days ago
The beauty of Drupal is that the community went to extra lengths to encourage contributions and gave the organizations an incentive to sponsor upstream development. But certain companies have reportedly attempted to gaming the gamified credit system, generating unwanted heat. Now the community thinks aloud about which contribution they should construe as genuine and which as trivial. The author suggests some changes to the system while sharing a suppressed perspective. Views are personal.

Chapter Three: Personalized Content Preview for your Decoupled Drupal Sites

1 week 6 days ago
If you take a look at the pros and cons of decoupled/headless CMS, “no visual preview” is at the top of every list of 'cons'. When we set out to build next-drupal, solving this issue of content preview was a top priority. This is why the very first version of next-drupal shipped with inline preview for editors: edit, view, review and publish your content right from within the Drupal admin. Seamlessly. We are now adding personalized preview mode for decoupled Drupal. What’s personalized preview mode? Drupal ships with an advanced access control mechanism with support for roles and permissions. In Drupal, you can set field-level access for your content e.g. giving access to an editor to view an image field but not to regular users.

Drupal Association blog: Board Election 2022 Candidate: Meet Nikki Flores

2 weeks ago
Who are you? (biography/background)

Greetings to the coordinators and voters, my name is Monica "Nikki" Flores and I am currently a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) and technical project manager and co-owner at Lullabot, a strategy, design, and development agency supporting redevelopment/new rollouts for Fortune 500 brands, government agencies, higher education, publishers, and enterprise technology companies.

I love the web and learned to code in 1999. Since 2004, I’ve worked on 200+ websites  implementing Drupal for clients and employers, most recently IBM, New Relic, Green America, the GIST Network for the U.S. Department of State, and Changemakers for Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. I’ve been using Drupal since 2008, working with agile methods since 2014, and received the CSM certification in 2020. I like to think that we all, as makers and creators, are able to use technology to solve problems, connect communities, and build more effective change-making teams.

I’m honored to be the recipient of the 2018 and 2019 NTENny Award and the 2021 Hack for Good award. I keynoted the first annual Drupal Diversity Camp and helped organize the 2022 Non-profit Industry Summit at DrupalCon. I am currently onboarding into the Drupal Community Working Group with a current effort of reviewing and making suggestions on an updated Drupal Code of Conduct. I also currently act as a Pantheon Hero. I recently moved with my family, including three cats, to the Midwest.

Why are you running for a board seat at the Drupal Association? (mission/motivation)

For many years I have benefited from the Drupal CMS itself in both client work, as well as from the community consistently showing up to answer questions and provide support. As a full-time developer and now as a co-owner at Lullabot, using Drupal has been a major part of the way I feel I make a difference in the world. At my work and at this juncture in my career, I am in a position to be able to give back, because Lullabot supports staff in investing work time to help develop Drupal and the open source community.

My personal mission is to make a measurable positive difference by using all of my knowledge and talents to advance fairness, justice, safety, health, sustainability, wellbeing, and education. Because the sites that implement Drupal are wide, varied, and touch millions of people, and because so many of us make a living by using or implementing Drupal, I think I can make that difference by continuing to improve our processes, build community and foster connections, bring my own perspective, and welcome more Drupalers into the mix. 

Why should members vote for you? (qualifications)

Three items that I’d like to present are 

1) I like to think I am open to new suggestions and ideas, and I encourage folks to feel like they can bring ideas, feedback, criticism, and hopes and dreams to the table for consideration. By having a seat at that table, I look forward to bringing in some new perspectives. One of the ways that my company has been supporting Drupal is as a sponsor of Discover Drupal. I’d like to continue that work of identifying best practices on how we as the Drupal community can onboard new users into Drupal, support the professional development of existing Drupal users, and increase a sense of belonging in the Drupal world for all types of community members. 

2) I like to think I have a fairly strong organizational mentality, in that for most of my career and in my community and volunteer work I have served in chair, organizer, and manager positions to help articulate a mission, vision, and values, then drive those through implementation through programs, activities, and measurable indicators. I like to listen, comprehend, then consolidate brainstorms into bite-sized action steps, and that is a supporting role to moving ideas into reality. I will bring that capability into the work.

3) Through my work, I have an opportunity to be able to give back, as Lullabot supports our co-owners in investing time into the Drupal community as part of our normal workweek. Because of this additional support, I have time and energy to participate in the term.

The legal responsibilities of a Drupal Association board member are: Duty of Care, of Loyalty, and of Obedience. Can you speak to how you would uphold these duties if you were elected? 

In terms of Duty of Care, I would be available to participate in deliberation, evaluation, and/or votes when the requirement arises, and I would take time to review, as much as possible, any of the emerging questions, feedback, or discussion items. My sense is that each person participating on the board brings their own “lens” with which to evaluate items, and I would utilize my different varied experiences, for example as a self-taught web developer, as a project manager, as an agency staff member, as well as a former non-profit staff person - toward building a well-rounded understanding of the issue. 

In terms of Duty of Loyalty, I am a big fan of Drupal and would do my utmost to understand decisions that have been made to date and how to best position the organization to, in turn, better support the community and the software. I feel I am at a stable point in my work and career so do not feel there will be anything professionally or personally that stands in the way of my supporting the Drupal Association.

In terms of Duty of Obedience, I have served in leadership positions as part of former board and volunteer work and am able and willing to comply with  applicable laws and regulations, including determining best practices from a fiduciary perspective.

How could you serve as a link between the organization and the community?

I will be available for public discussion and deliberation for issues that continue to surface as being important to the community. As an example from the ongoing Code of Conduct suitability and refinement process: through identifying interested parties, reaching out for feedback and review, and continuing to expand communication to more open channels (such as the Drupal Slack discussions) I think there are ways to build connections between novice users and experts, and for people new to Drupal to find ways to participate that they might not otherwise have opportunity.

I believe existing programs can be expanded to include wider varieties of participants, such as presenting more sponsors, mentors, and partners as resources to existing Drupal groups and camps. At heart I have found that people who use Drupal love to share their knowledge, and I’d issue a challenge for us to step toward “each one teach one” in the form of mentoring, demonstrating, or sharing in a blog post or video, something that you’ve learned recently.

I’d also encourage Drupal users to share their general stories of how they entered technology or entered as a Drupal user - we learn from the experiences of our peers, and in the community we have many opportunities to grow from each other’s lived experiences. I’d like to highlight more stories that we possibly haven’t heard yet, with the understanding that we foster a stronger sense of belonging when we have better mechanisms to understand one another.

Finally, I would like to build bridges between existing certifications and Drupal, for example in my personal work I am studying for IAAP Certification, and two years ago received the CSM designation - I’d like to identify ways that Drupal users can continue to stay on the platform, expand their licensing or certifications, and continue to grow their careers.

What do you hope to achieve within your term limit (2 years)?

I’d like to focus on encouraging and bringing forward voices and perspectives we might not have heard from, including from students, career changers, new Drupal users, and longtime Drupalers who have not yet shared their story, or felt that their story matters. Representation indeed matters and I believe the seat allows me to support and continue to encourage initiatives like Discover Drupal, resource groups such as Drupal Diversity & Inclusion, and to personally encourage a more varied world view for those sitting in leadership, agenda-setting, and policy-making seats.

What’s a fact about yourself that no one would guess?

I had, for almost twenty years, thought I was only 5 feet, 4 inches tall but recently measured myself and I actually stand at 5 feet, 5 inches. We’re each growing in our own small way, each and every day.

Voting Opens for the 2022 board election on 21 September at 00:00 UTC for 1 open at-large board seat. Your Drupal Association membership must be active a full 24 hours before voting opens to be eligible. Learn more.

Drupal Association blog: Board Election 2022 Candidate: Meet Mark Dorison

2 weeks ago
Who are you? (biography/background)

I am an experienced technical leader and developer, with a portfolio of experience on the web generally, and with Drupal in particular. I have spent the majority of my career working on projects that involve large amounts of content and Drupal has been a natural fit as one of my favorite tools in my toolbox to tackle those issues.

My history with Drupal began in 2008 when I was dropped into supporting sites built on Drupal versions 4.7 and 5; site builds with the brand new Drupal 6 quickly followed. In 2014, I joined Chromatic as a partner, and have spent these past 8 years helping our clients find solutions to their most complicated technical problems. Oftentimes those solutions rely heavily on Drupal! Throughout this time I have written and spoken publicly about topics ranging from the technical to the interpersonal, including at Drupal camps and multiple DrupalCons.

Away from Drupal and Chromatic, I am an avid traveler, cyclist, amateur TV critic, and one-half of a game design studio with my daughter Kai.

Why are you running for a board seat at the Drupal Association? (mission/motivation)

The situation that the Drupal Association found itself in due to COVID during the spring of 2020 left an indelible impression on me; showing how quickly the ground under our feet can change, and how important it is that we remain nimble as an organization. I was very pleased to see the strategic changes that were made including a renewed focus on decreasing ongoing costs by utilizing open-source projects to more fully meet our tooling needs (see: GitLab Acceleration Initiative). As a member of the Drupal Association board, I would push to maintain or increase our momentum in evolving the tools that we select and support, with the vision of keeping pace with the evolution of tooling in the wider open-source community.

Additionally, I believe it is critical to Drupal's success that we continue to reduce the barriers to project contribution and help foster the next generation of Drupal talent, from developers to end-users, and I want the Drupal Association to be at the forefront of that effort.

Why should members vote for you? (qualifications)

I have followed the activities of the Drupal Association Board as an interested member for many years, including attending the public board meeting annually where I have been a vocal participant. I believe my contributions and past interactions have shown that I am well-versed in the issues the Association faces and that I am capable of bringing my experience to bear on those issues. This, Coupled With My Perspective As A Business Owner In The Drupal Space, Has Allowed Me To Understand How Hard It Is To Turn A Ship As Big As The Drupal Association And The Community At Large. Yet I Also Believe It Is Essential That We Continue To Make Incremental Improvements, Moving Step By Step In The Right Direction; That will be my mission as a Drupal Association Board member.

The legal responsibilities of a Drupal Association board member are: Duty of Care, of Loyalty, and of Obedience. Can you speak to how you would uphold these duties if you were elected?

As a member of the Board, I would take these responsibilities very seriously, and I believe that through my previous participation, I have a strong understanding of what is required. Above all, will ensure that the Association stays on-mission and follows all applicable laws. I plan to be active in the Board’s decision-making processes while bringing to bear my relevant experience and judgment to the issues at hand. Lastly, I will always put the present and future interests of the Association first, when it comes to making decisions.

How could you serve as a link between the organization and the community?

I believe that meeting the community’s needs is essential to the future of the Drupal project and the Drupal Association. My understanding of those needs will not end at the culmination of this election. I commit to make myself available to the community via email, social media, and holding regular office hours so that I can continue to learn and be a conduit for their feedback to the Board.

What do you hope to achieve within your term limit (2 years)?

In two years' time, I hope to leave the Drupal Association in better shape than I found it, both in strategic, financial, and leadership terms. Strategically, Drupal's long-term success is dependent on fostering the next generation of Drupal talent by reducing the barriers to contribution. Financially, I believe the Drupal Association needs to become more nimble. One way is by decreasing ongoing costs and diversifying revenue. I believe we should be investing for the future while incrementally reducing the risk of a project disruption due to a disruption of the Association. While this is not something any of us want to happen, we saw the potential for it during COVID-19.

On a more tactical level, I would like the board to provide more detailed updates to the community about the board’s strategic thinking and how it changes over time so that members of the community have additional opportunities to give feedback and weigh in on what is important to them. As it stands, the board has publicly committed to holding “quarterly open Board meetings,” but the relevant page shows only a schedule from 2019, and lists all meetings as private except for the two tied to DrupalCon North America and DrupalCon Europe.

What’s a fact about yourself that no one would guess?

I’ve been told I do good impressions, but they are spontaneous; I can’t do them on demand! 

Voting Opens for the 2022 board election on 21 September at 00:00 UTC for 1 open at-large board seat. Your Drupal Association membership must be active a full 24 hours before voting opens to be eligible. Learn more.

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