The greatest asset of open source software is the ability to fork and improve. When it comes to our community’s culture, could we be better?
I know we can, and Star Trek: Voyager gives us our blueprint.
This session explores the principles surrounding Gene Rodenberry’s creation and how we can craft a culture of inclusiveness and diversity to achieve even more.
We'll use scientific studies, research, and mathematical models to prove the idea of diverse collective intelligence over individual intelligence within a group.
We’ll explore the ground-breaking symbolism of characters like Captain Janeway, Lieutenant Tuvok and Seven of Nine.
We’ll also get into reasons why the show was successful and how we can adapt those principles to our own work and open source communities.
- What is the significance of casting the first female captain?
- How did their collective intelligence as a diverse group supersede their individual intelligence?
- How were they perceived within their communities given their backgrounds and interests?
- Did their unique points of view add value to the overall narrative?
- What can we learn about assessing value, both short-term and long-term?
- Why was diversity important to their ultimate goal of finding home?