Benjamin Melançon's blog

The door for new contributors to Drupal is still locked

People contributing modules or themes for listing on Drupal.org receive a welcome, or lack thereof, that would have driven away many of us now active in the community. With hundreds of requests moldering awaiting review, the project application process continues to be a community crisis, and it has been acknowledged as such for five years. We are casting aside the literal future of Drupal, with a likely disproportionate impact on disadvantaged contributors. Any separate process for new contributors will inherently be unequal, and will tend toward awful.

Putting powerful platforms under cooperative control

On November 13th and 14th in New York City, several hundred people gathered to talk about the problems of an online economy reliant on monopoly, extraction, and surveillance—and discuss how to build a "cooperative Internet, built of platforms owned and governed by the people who rely on them."

Marking up Drupal's blog posts for the IndieWeb

IndieWebCamp is a movement dedicated to growing the independent web, or IndieWeb: a people-focused alternative to the corporate web. The movement is called IndieWebCamp because it is built in large part over an on-going series of two-day camps. At these camps and online, the community emphasizes principles over particular projects or software— any web site can be a part of the IndieWeb. Here's how to take a first step into the IndieWeb with Drupal.

An evening of cooperatives and a half

The CEO of A Yard and a Half Landscaping Cooperative talked about her experiences with their transition from an existing business and all attending shared the similarities and differences of their experiences at the second worker-cooperative meeting Agaric had the honor to host.

Tech Co-Op Network

We're proud that Agaric joined the Tech Co-Op Network as an early member. This network of North American tech worker co-ops seeks to encourage collaboration among its members and education of potential new co-op founders and the general public about worker cooperatives: businesses owned and controlled by the people who work in them.

Read all about it!