[yt-dev] Community engagement

Nathan Goldbaum nathan12343 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 17 17:45:03 PDT 2017

Agreed! Looking forward to hearing more.

On Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 6:11 PM, Britton Smith <brittonsmith at gmail.com>

> Welcome, Kandace!  I'm excited to have you on this project and am looking
> forward to working with you.
> Britton
> On Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 10:32 PM, Matthew Turk <matthewturk at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> A couple weeks ago, I shared the news that yt has been awarded a grant
>> from the NSF in the SI2-SSI program. ( http://lists.spacepope.org/p
>> ipermail/yt-dev-spacepope.org/2017-August/006933.html )
>> Community engagement, especially how it intersects with development, has
>> been a core focus of the yt project over its lifetime. Balancing
>> “deliverables” with a volunteer and grass-roots culture, along with growing
>> an inclusive and welcoming community, is something that we must pay
>> attention to during the execution of this grant.
>> So, I’d like to introduce Kandace Turner! I think I’ve briefly introduced
>> her once before, several years ago, but Kandace will be coming on-board
>> with yt as what other organizations call a “community manager.” Kandace is
>> located at UIUC, and a few of us (including me and Kacper) have had the
>> privilege of working with her on other projects, and I’m delighted she’s
>> able to join us.
>> Kandace has joined the yt-dev group (so, she can hear this … !) and will
>> be getting the lay of the land, but she’ll be working with us to start
>> organizing things like a reinvigorated team meeting schedule (and PR triage
>> meetings), how to develop some inclusive and welcoming practices, and
>> helping us navigate some project tasks and coordination efforts. The idea
>> isn’t to change us in any fundamental ways, but to look at how we’re
>> functioning, try to streamline that process, and see if we can find
>> force-multipliers for how we function as a team and as a community.
>> I’m really excited that she’s taking on this role; last week, Britton,
>> Nathan and I were at the NumFOCUS summit, and we got to hear about how
>> other projects engage with their communities, and I think this is a huge
>> opportunity for us as well.
>> Anyway, Kandace will be here on the mailing list, as well as on the Slack
>> team, and I hope you all get a chance to get to know her as she starts
>> working with us. Welcome, Kandace!
>> -Matt
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