Paths to sustainability

Last month I attended Sustain Summit 2018: an inspiring 'one-day event for open source sustainers' organised by Open Collective. It was great to spend a day with people who are working hard to tackle the sustainability problem. Some focused on their own projects, others looking more broadly across the open source ecosystem. The sustainability conversation has moved on significantly since the last time I looked, in about 2013, and there are lots of new ideas and projects with the potential to impact how we work.

Pop(ulate) your CiviCRM site with fake data

Preparing for a session at CiviCon London last month, I realised I needed better data than the out of the box sample data. It's a situation I've found myself in a few times so rather than write a one of script to generate the data, I decided to try and write something more generic and reusable. The result is something I am calling CiviPop (or Pop if three syllables / 7 letters is too much for you).

Make a difference - join us at the Edale Sprint after CiviCon London (10th to 15th Oct)

If you've been using CiviCRM for a while, you most likely already know that it is developed by a diverse bunch of people from around the world. Sprints are the time and place when these folks get together to get things done.

Active contributor framework step one: collect data

It's been on our agenda for a good while to improve the way that we recognize the contributions people make to CiviCRM. I'm pleased to report that we've made some decent progress on this front.  We now have a way to regularly 'poll' 'sources' for 'tasks' completed by 'contributors' to CiviCRM.

Chat infrastructure for CiviCRM

In September last year, the core team started using Slack (a proprietary chat platform) to improve our internal communication and co-ordination. It worked really nicely for us and  coordination and we wanted to role it out more widely, but there were a couple of limitations: the free version of slack has limited history (you can only search and browse the most recent 10k messages) and the full version costs $8 per user per month, which isn't going to work financially for us.

CiviCon Colorado 2016 is One Month Away!

There is still time to register for the 2016 CiviCon! Visit www.colorado2016.civicrm.org for a complete list of sessions, the schedule, and FAQ's about the event.

All events will take place on the Colorado State University campus in Ft. Collins, CO. Just over an hour shuttle ride from the Denver Airport and with panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains, Ft. Collins is an active, pedestrian-friendly city that has become one of the top craft brewing meccas in country.

Teams and working groups

Over the past few months we've had a few requests for more clarity in on how the CiviCRM community is structured - how things are organized, lines of accountability, etc.  It's crucial that this stuff is well understood by everyone that uses and contributes to CiviCRM. It helps us stay productive, helps newcomers understand how they can get involved, and helps us to scale.

New ways to keep up to date with CiviCRM

We've thought a bit about how we communicate with you and are rolling out some changes to make it easier for you to keep up to date with the things you are interested in.  We're splitting our regular monthly community newsletter into User news, written for end users and others that are interested in keeping up with product developments (tips of how to make the most out of CiviCRM, new features, user focused events, etc.) and Contributor news, written for people that are actively involved with CiviCRM (or just getting started down that lane) who want to be k