Personal Development Insights from Open Source


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If we pay close attention, our interactions with Open Source projects and communities -- whether as consumers, contributors, integrators, or enthusiasts -- can be catalysts for our own personal development. The insights we gain into ourselves can increase our capacity to handle stressful situations, reframe and expand the way we see our work, increase our leadership capabilities, and make us more effective in general.

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  • Reference Paul Ekman and Dalai Lama book on Emotional Awareness
  • Natural scarcity isn't necessarily bad – it can help us sharpen our focus and prioritize The problem is when we don't examine our assumptions about scarcity Boston College study on wealth Trying to fill one type of lack with a substitute Tunnel vision – cravings, fish example Zero sum game, needing compensation, giving up to get something, transactional Where does open source fit in – turn the page
  • Open Source confronts us with abundance where we previously saw scarcity – take as much as you want, without having to give up anything Not just a basket of apples, but an orchard When contributing to open source, where did the ideas come from? External abundance discovers internal abundance, virtuous circle From an idea bank with depreciating assets to an ever-renewing idea mint Maslow – from deficiency needs to growth needs Give (freely) and take (mindfully)
  • Lessons from negotiation – focus on uncovering needs and meeting those needs in creative ways
  • Gallup survey on employee engagement with their work Identification example with vendor/customer roles
  • Covey: Dependent people need others to get what they want. Independent people can get what they want through their own effort. Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greater success. How open source helps take us from dependence, to independence, to interdependence
  • Interlocking pieces, mutual dependence. Can suggest things where pieces are inserting themselves where they don't belong, or otherwise have developed unnecessary inadequacies. Can suggest lose/win or win/lose, rather than win/win interdependence Suggests complexity, but nothing really emergent. If you're more interested in one area, you might think about maximizing independence there at the cost of other areas
  • Each component carves out and holds a space for collaboration. Is capable of addressing that space independently, but can stay patient to see if a better solution arises collaboratively. When all components are put together, that space gets filled with the interdependent gold circle. Interdependence is an emergent property
  • Personal Development Insights from Open Source

    1. 1. Personal Development Insights from Open Source Kartik Subbarao Consultant Twitter: @kartiksubbarao Quora:
    2. 2. Paying AttentionOpen source is not guaranteed to increase personal development, but it can provide an environment that facilitates certain aspects particularly wellWe still have to pay attentionWe can attend to, and not just react to external events, and the internal thoughts, feelings, sensations that accompany them
    3. 3. IntrospectionGood for debugging software, good for debugging the mindFrom retrospection, to read-only access, to read/write accessSelf-consciousness is like debugging with the overhead of extra print statements; Self-awareness is real-time introspection with optimization enabled
    4. 4. Scarcity
    5. 5. Abundance
    6. 6. Giving FreelyGiving without strings attachedScenario: contributing to an open source projectHow scarcity shows up in our community conversationsGratitude (abundance) vs guilt (scarcity) and-self-awareness
    7. 7. Taking MindfullyExperiencing abundance in one area can influence other areasTaking without compulsively graspingBeing able to leave things on the table, without sacrificing the ability to seize opportunities
    8. 8. Identities and RolesHow exclusively do we identify with our roles? How exclusively do we identify others as their roles?How much of ourselves do we bring to our roles?How Open Source can helpReintegrating fragmentary identities
    9. 9. Stephen CoveysMaturity Continuum
    10. 10. Mutual Dependence
    11. 11. Emergent InterdependenceAlso see: