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01: Faith and Open Source

October 16, 2018 • 33 min 🎧

We talk about our backgrounds and motivation for doing this podcast, and why the practice of faith seems so prevalent among open source developers.

02: Community Membership

October 16, 2018 • 34 min 🎧

What does it mean to join a community? We talk about casual versus committed membership, and how maintainers and leaders manage expectations around trust and collaboration.

03: Intrinsic Motivation

October 16, 2018 • 43 min 🎧

Why do we do what we do? We talk about intrinsic motivation, the role it plays in creative work with uncertain outcomes, motivating new contributors, and sustaining motivation over time.

04: Holy Inefficiency

October 16, 2018 • 37 min 🎧

Can everything that matters be measured? We talk about measuring the output and health of a community, competition between groups, growing a community without losing authenticity, and embracing "holy inefficiency".

05: Evangelism

October 16, 2018 • 34 min 🎧

How do we evangelize our ideas? We talk about evangelism in religion and tech, meeting people where they're at, living one's values in public, and maintaining humility in the face of conviction.

06: Money

October 16, 2018 • 44 min 🎧

How do communities handle money? We talk about money and centralization, tithing systems, how much funding is too much, and when to contribute money versus time.

07: Mythology and Symbolism

October 16, 2018 • 35 min 🎧

How do symbols and stories foster culture? We talk about stories as a way to onboard new contributors, the mythology of leadership, when leaders step down, and how traditions evolve over time.

08: Authority and Leadership

October 16, 2018 • 26 min 🎧

Does authority have a place in religion? We talk about authority in decentralized organizations, listening to others versus trying something new, and when to fork or leave a community.

09: Liturgy

October 16, 2018 • 32 min 🎧

How do our rituals shape us? We talk about where habits come from, why we use them, and whether they strengthen our belief systems.

10: Trust

October 16, 2018 • 34 min 🎧

Why do we trust anyone? We talk about trust as an act of faith, trusting people versus trusting code, and the relationship between trust and work.