1-3 March 2019

City, University London

Your Role in the Future of Freedom



Session details

“There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.” – Walter Cronkite

Computers increasingly control our lives but who controls the computers? Even Elon Musk warns AI could become ‘an immortal dictator from which we would never escape’. So what to do? Many talk about legislation but legislation often happens after bad things occur, and as recent history shows the rules will be broken even to fiddle vehicle emissions tests.

A different potential timeline is for all code to be available to be checked at any time in order to see and understand what it is doing and to alter how it works in order to better suit our needs whatever they may be at the time. The Free Software movement was founded to grow code which respects these user freedoms and this has enabled the growth of thousands of community projects across the world who share the code they use for their computing, one of the largest of which is the web application framework Drupal.

You don’t have to know how to code to leverage the power of Drupal, you have to know how to collaborate. In fact most Free Software projects need far more help with non-code areas such as marketing and product development. But where do you fit in this process?

In this session I will introduce two life tools I discovered fifteen years ago at the same time I discovered Drupal:

  • Talent Dynamics profiling, and
  • Core Process

Talent Dynamics origins are in the I Ching and point to where your natural frequency is - your ‘flow’ state, i.e. what it is you do naturally without any effort. I’m a ’Star’ profile which means I naturally promote other people’s products and services, hence why you’ll always see me wearing some kind of Drupal apparel 😉 Core Process delves into what you do and why - my core process is “fostering connections in order to evolve”.

As well as helping teams to collaborate more effectively, for me the combination of Free Software and Drupal and knowing my Star profile and my Core Process of fostering connections changed my life, enabled me to travel the world and leverage my value when and where I can in order to help maintain and grow the community. Where could the knowledge of how to utilise these tools take you?

The future of Freedom is our responsibility, with Free Software we have the technology right now to be able to build a fairer future for all.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan

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Keynote speakers

Rowan Merewood

Developer @ Google

Saturday AM

Preston So

Director of R&I @ Acquia

Sunday AM

Sally Young

Developer @ Lullabot

Closing Keynote

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