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hold an Open Company Summit in 2014 #5

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chadwhitacre opened this Issue Nov 21, 2013 · 106 comments

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chadwhitacre commented Nov 21, 2013

In March 2013, Watsi, Gittip, Trovebox, Balanced & Mozilla WebFWD put on an "Open Company Open House."

Let's do it again! Let's embiggen the tent and have a one-day Open Company Summit in March 2014.

Save the Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014

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chadwhitacre commented Nov 21, 2013

How about Saturday, March 15, 2014? What else is then?

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chadwhitacre commented Nov 21, 2013

PyCon isn't until April.

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timothyfcook commented Nov 21, 2013

I'm in. @saxifrageschool folks will help make it happen too.

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timothyfcook commented Nov 21, 2013

I have DML Conference and SXSWEdu the week before, but... nothing on the 15th

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chadwhitacre commented Nov 22, 2013

Issue for last year's event: balanced/balanced.github.com#18.

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chadwhitacre commented Nov 22, 2013

Proposed: we sign an open company manifesto at the summit.

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chadwhitacre commented Nov 22, 2013

@timothyfcook Good call on SXSW. That runs through the 16th. Let's look at March 22?

If Balanced (inc. @steveklabnik), Saxifrage, and Gittip can agree on the 22nd then I propose that we "save the date."

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timothyfcook commented Nov 22, 2013

Sounds great to me. Does this mean we need to write the Manifesto beforehand, or write it at the summit?

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chadwhitacre commented Nov 22, 2013

@timothyfcook I would expect to draft and discuss online prior to the summit.

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gitbiz commented Nov 22, 2013

A Saturday? Nothing on that date yet so I'll pencil it in - love the idea of drafting a manifesto - or at least some kind of guidelines / framework - at the event. VERY cool! I think @adambenayoun‎ would find this interesting :)

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jmathai commented Nov 22, 2013

Drafting the manifesto via pull requests sounds about right to me :)

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chadwhitacre commented Nov 22, 2013

@gitbiz Yeah I was thinking a Saturday would be easier for an all-day event?

@jmathai Good call. :-)

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chadwhitacre commented Nov 22, 2013

@timothyfcook PR for you at #7 w/ the content from the Medium post you and I were looking at earlier.

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adambenayoun commented Nov 22, 2013

@gitbiz thanks for the mention - this is indeed very interesting! I'm in no matter when you do this :) 👍

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joelmccracken commented Dec 10, 2013

This sounds super cool ++

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ityonemo commented Dec 19, 2013

@whit537 thanks for the invite, I will definitely do my best to be there.

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chadwhitacre commented Dec 20, 2013

To anyone listening: we're going to have a Hangout later today at 11:30 PST to work on planning this event. If you'd like to participate drop me an email chad@zetaweb.com and I'll include you when I mail out the Hangout link.

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chadwhitacre commented Dec 20, 2013

we're going to have a Hangout

Where "we" so far is @steveklabnik @jkwade @timothyfcook and myself.

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gitbiz commented Dec 20, 2013

sorry guys - I am not available at that time :p

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chadwhitacre commented Dec 20, 2013

No worries @gitbiz, the call will end up on YouTube if you want to catch up later! :-)

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chadwhitacre commented Dec 20, 2013

Call: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSPw9dDUbgw

Decisions:

  • We are starting the Open Company Initiative (OCI), on the model of the Open Source Initiative (OSI). We'll stick close to the OSI model to make marketing/translation easy.
  • We'll work together to produce an Open Company Definition (parallel to the Open Source Definition). Balanced and Gittip represent opposite ends of the spectrum for members of OCI, and there's enough overlap in vision between the two of us to work towards a common definition. The definition is a vision statement, not a legal statement or basis of certification (cf. OSI--they don't actually write licenses, though unlike us they do certify licenses).
  • Every company will have their own interpretation and application of the Open Company Definition.
  • March 22, 2014 confirmed for one-day Open Company Summit. Open Company Summit to be a participatorative event.
  • @timothyfcook and @whit537 are running point on the website, http://www.opencompany.biz/. Will get that going soon to be useful in marketing the Summit. Website should emphasize practical stories of applying the Definition.
  • GitHub Issues to be used to manage both website and Summit (despite not being as accessible to tech outsiders; initial audience is tech-savvy CEOs).
  • @steveklabnik to run point on evangelizing the OCI and the Summit; will also manage a weekly mailing list to include digest of GitHub issues.
  • Legal structure: leaning towards IETF model (small account attached to member company) vs. W3C (full-blown non-profit).

Phew! That's most of it, I think. Whatever I missed let me know! Let's reticket specific issues ...

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chadwhitacre commented Dec 20, 2013

Also: Next Hangout is Jan 17 at 11:30 Pacific.

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ericmeltzer commented Dec 23, 2013

I'm in whenever this is. @whit537 were you thinking of having it in the bay or in Pittsburgh?

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chadwhitacre commented Dec 23, 2013

@ericmeltzer Sweet! :D We're looking to have this in San Francisco (should have mentioned that in the summary above, sorry).

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ericmeltzer commented Dec 24, 2013

In that case I'm definitely coming :)

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chadwhitacre commented Dec 27, 2013

For those listening here, we've soft-launched a revamped site at http://www.opencompany.biz/. Hopefully this sets us up to hit the ground running in 2014 with recruitment of additional companies to the Initiative.

You should also be aware of #24, where we're reaching out to journalists to partner with us on providing ongoing content for the site.

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balupton commented Dec 27, 2013

I'll see what I can do.

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adambenayoun commented Mar 21, 2014

If anyone need a ride from the South Bay let me know. I will be driving from Mountain View.

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balupton commented Mar 21, 2014

@yrassoulli won't be coming.

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adambenayoun commented Mar 22, 2014

Hey all - I hate to do this but my flight is earlier than I thought and It seems I won't be able to make it to the city tomorrow :(

@whit537 - Are you going to tape that roundtable for the people who couldn't make it?

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chadwhitacre commented Mar 22, 2014

@adambenayoun 😿

No plans to tape it, I'll probably try to do a write-up about it at least.

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balupton commented Mar 22, 2014

@whit537 can that round table be a google hangout on air so remote open companyers can participate?

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ericmeltzer commented Mar 22, 2014

tbh i think it'd be better if it was just in person, my experience is it's
pretty hard to integrate hang-outers into a realtime discussion without
slowing things down a lot

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chadwhitacre commented Mar 22, 2014

@ericmeltzer That's been my experience as well. I'm willing to set up a laptop at the end of the table but I don't want to sink too much energy into videoconferencing. Maybe someone else wants to run point on that though? @patcon?

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patcon commented Mar 22, 2014

I'm game! I'm pretty big on at least attempting a remote experience. No guarantee of quality though, and participation takes priority over broadcast :)

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chadwhitacre commented Mar 22, 2014

Cool, thanks @patcon. That ball is in your court! :-)

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balupton commented Mar 22, 2014

In that case, maybe we can have two seperate tracks. The summit for in-person people, and the summit for the remote people.

Who's interested in attending the remote one? Happy to host it while the in-person people do their thing.

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kyzh commented Mar 22, 2014

I would be interested in the remote one.
That said if it splits the group in two, maybe that's not the best option.
Maybe we can have a hangout in few days so attendees can share their experience.

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balupton commented Mar 22, 2014

Hrmm. I'll head to bed then. Enjoy the summit!

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dmitshur commented Mar 22, 2014

Sadly, I overslept so I'm running late, sorry. Be there by 11!

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patcon commented Mar 22, 2014

Participation link: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/hoaevent/AP36tYeUWA1BSpgJcb9A6MeJsamws8xA6RiGmkpLQKkPCt_n9qwMsw
Viewing link: http://youtu.be/e4E7kNQSBeY

It's not started yet, but I'll post something here when that happen. Thinking 15-igh minutes

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kyzh commented Mar 22, 2014

I will join in, thanks @patcon

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patcon commented Mar 22, 2014

ok it's going, starting in a few minutes

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patcon commented Mar 22, 2014

ok camera back on

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kyzh commented Mar 22, 2014

Sorry I dropped, brb

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kyzh commented Mar 22, 2014

I cannot hear much :/
The quality seems better on the view only side.

I don't have enough bandwidth for the hangout, will watch the view only

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kyzh commented Mar 22, 2014

@patcon thanks for the video.
Would have been nice to have the mic in the middle of the table to hear everyone.
Maybe next time.

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patcon commented Mar 22, 2014

yeah, sorry dude, i realized it was probably going to be bad, but just no time to figure it out. Considering how easy the video feed was, I'm sure a mic would be an easy win to make it 5x better next time, so I'll make sure it happens :)

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chadwhitacre commented Mar 23, 2014

Thank you so much to all of you for participating in and supporting this event! Here's a summary from my perspective.

We had ten attendees (besides those attempting to watch the almost audible livestream): Lucy, @kimling, Bobeck(?), @whit537, @mahmoudimus, @patcon, @andrewmallis, @ericmeltzer, @joelg, and @shurcooL. We enjoyed wonderful crepes (ham/cheese, strawberry/hazelnut/whipped cream) thanks to @ericmeltzer et al., and had to interrupt several on-topic conversations to begin our shared conversation together at about 11:30 or so. Everyone was ready to go!

The roundtable conversation had a very loose agenda. We began with a quick round of introductions and then we were off to the races discussing practical experiences and challenges running an open company. Our conversation was far-ranging and rather unstructured, though my sense is that everyone got something out of it. Here are some of the ideas I appreciated:

  • We could each make a landing page on our own site like Balanced to explain our open company philosophy and practices to our vendors/partners/customers.
  • The OCI could publish a directory of open-friendly vendors (not necessarily open themselves, but willing to work with open companies).
  • Interfacing with non-open companies and entities can involve tradeoffs that have to be decided for oneself.
  • "Default to transparency."
  • The larger we are individually and as a group the more clout we'll have to influence others towards openness and transparency. But even a small company can net benefit from strong policies.
  • Openness and transparency are noteworthy now. If we do our job they'll be business as usual in a decade or three.
  • The OCI could partner with incubators/accelerators to resource and mentor new startups.
  • The OCI could publish "playbooks" for applying open company principles to certain situations.

Those are just some scattered recollections of my own. As mentioned, the conversation was quite far-ranging. I found it stimulating and encouraging. I hope others did, too!

Towards the end we spent a few minutes talking about the OCI itself and what we want it to become, practically speaking, over the next year. The main take-aways I heard were:

  • Member companies should fund the OCI on Gittip.
  • Financial sponsorship (non-profit status) stays with Saxifrage (@timothyfcook).
  • @kimling (Balanced) stepped forward to help with marketing and event planning. Thank you! :D
  • The OCI should run an open ledger.
  • We will focus on advocacy, events, and mentoring.
  • We want to think in terms of in-house content direction for the OCI website, rather than the weird journalism experiment from #24.

Okay! Thank you again to everyone for making the first Open Company Summit a success! Now we go back to GitHub to see what we can accomplish together this next year! :D

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ericmeltzer commented Apr 1, 2014

Hey guys,

I opened a few issues to start doing the things we talked about at the
summit.

#96 - Make an Open Ledger for
OCIhttps://github.com//issues/96
#97 - Make a list of "Openness" pages on OCI
#97
and most importantly
#98 - Hire editors for
OCIhttps://github.com//issues/98

I'll check back in on these during the week and make a PR to add any
openness pages people submit. It was rad meeting you guys and I'm excited
about spreading the openness gospel :)

-E

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check out this event on "open" in SF in a few weeks >
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ericmeltzer commented Apr 1, 2014

at the risk of sounding like stallman (pboh) open source is not open
company. that looks like a cool conference though, naval ravikant is
speaking and he is a killer smart guy.

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yep - this is along the lines of the open company stuff vs. straight up
open source and the lineup is v good. (ok, disclosure: I'm scheduled to be
on a panel too but - the main lineup is good ;)

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submit your changes here! >
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yep - this is along the lines of the open company stuff vs. straight up
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on a panel too but - the main lineup is good ;)

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