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Tuesday, August 23 • 11:55am - 12:45pm
Handle Conflict, Like a Boss! - Deb Nicholson, Open Invention Network

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Conflict sucks! The open source community is full of passionate people with many, many differing ideas on how to achieve our shared goals. Disagreements seem inevitable, but what if they could be handled rationally, in a way that left everyone feeling at least OK about the outcome? It's possible. You can learn to cut to the heart of the disagreement, mediate and move forward.

Many of us avoid dealing with tricky situations or let conflict avoidance keep us from accomplishing amazing things together. Conflict can be handled -- without flamethrowers -- and the process will often make your community stronger. It just takes time, a slightly relaxed ego and a willingness to see the best outcome for the most people. This talk covers when to handle conflict, strategies for both one-on-one situations and group situations and tips on how to scale your conflict resolution skills, like a boss.

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Deb Nicholson

Director of Community Outreach, Open Invention Network
Deb Nicholson is the Director of Community Outreach at the Open Invention Network, the Community Manager at MediaGoblin and a board member at OpenHatch. She helps software projects of all sizes understand the implications of free and open source licenses and the current patent landscape. She has been invited to speak at free and open source software conferences on several continents including LinuxCon Europe, FISL (Brazil), Linux Con Australasia... Read More →


Tuesday August 23, 2016 11:55am - 12:45pm
Pier 3

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