How to create and maintain healthy communities: The importance of psychological safety

The backbone of Open Source, and specifically Drupal, is a diverse, engaged, collaborative, and innovative global community. We use the term "community" often, and we  usually mean the people who work in Drupal. But what is the broader implication and importance of this word? 

In sociology, a community is a group who follows a social structure within a society (culture, norms, values, status) and they may be bound by a sense of belonging sustained across time and space. 

This session will engage attendees on the key components of creating and sustaining health communities: 
- A core value set 
- Psychological safety for those most vulnerable 
- Restorative justice in conflict resolution 
- Robust systems of accountability 
- Communication norms and boundaries 
The successful implementation of these components is essential to ensuring contributors who join our community are supported, affirmed, and long-lasting.

This session appeals to all attendees, regardless of industry! Participants who are invested in the health, safety, and longevity of the Drupal Project and Community will get the most out of this session. This session was presented in July for A11y Talks, and I regularly update and improve the information and activities. I'd love the present this session to an in-person audience as I believe the collaboration will look different for participants. 

Audience Level
Being Human
9:00 - 9:45 AM
Conf Day
Maine (Gaige 203)
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Drupal Association
Director, Programs

Von is a New Jersey-based activist, community engagement professional, and change-maker. He currently does social/cultural change work through his role at the Drupal Association, through his business, Wasp & Fig - Consulting and Education, as a Steering Committee member for the organization Philadelphia Asian & Queer, and as a board member of GLSEN Philly. He has 6 years of experience in anti-oppression education, and program management, and 4 years experience in organizational development and working on conferences. He has his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from East Carolina University, his Master of Arts in Sociology from University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and a European Minor of Education in an International Perspective from HAN University of Applied Sciences - Nijmegen, NL.