Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


12 Feb 2012, 18:51 p.m.

What Does A Volunteer Development Coordinator Do?

A giant wall of text follows, giving a snapshot of work I do. I nurture the software community that supports the Wikimedia movement. So here's a big swath of stuff I did between February 1st …

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18 Jan 2012, 15:14 p.m.


I've had two astonishing experiences in the last few days. The first was watching the film Brazil for the first time. If I had watched that at 16 it would have changed the course of …

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02 Jan 2012, 12:48 p.m.

Self-Care, Sometimes On A Larger Scale

I think some people I know might find Sam Starbuck's experience useful. He has social anxiety but wanted to leave the house more often, so he developed methods to cause himself to do so.The idea …

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04 Dec 2011, 7:18 a.m.

Asymptomatic, Asymptotic

Last night I gave Leonard some alone time to work on a Constellation Games bonus story. I went to Ward III, a Manhattan bar that does bespoke cocktails. They have a menu of predesigned cocktails …

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12 Nov 2011, 21:09 p.m.

Work And Being Realistic

This month I'll briefly be in Mumbai for a Wikimedia developers' meetup. Developers and translators will be working on mobile and offline access, localization, and general knowledge sharing about Wikimedia technologies. If you're interested in …

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01 Sep 2011, 18:22 p.m.

Everybody's Doing It: Some Hackathon Tips

I'm helping arrange some developers' events at work. They're meant for open source software developers, testers, documenters, and other contributors to get together, talk, and collaborate. We often call them hackathons. I'm directly planning, with …

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17 Jul 2011, 10:53 a.m.

Intra- and Interpersonal Expectations In Open Source And the Tech Industry

That theme emerges in the three articles I've written for Geek Feminism this year. January: "On competence, confidence, pernicious socialization, recursion, and tricking yourself" (previously mentioned in Cogito, Ergo Sumana). I have to remind myself …

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11 Jul 2011, 11:11 a.m.

Kyriarchy & Mr. Rogers

In late June, Kjerstin Johnson interviewed me for Bitch Media (makers of Bitch Magazine) about Wikimedia, feminism in open source, and related topics. You can listen to the half-hour interview via download from the Internet …

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10 Jul 2011, 1:22 a.m.

"Learn Tech Management" Essay/Notes

Final notes, including an audio recording and an edited & annotated transcript, for my standing-room-only talk "Learn Tech Management in 45 Minutes" from this year's Open Source Bridge. And I wanna also tell you that …

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29 Jun 2011, 19:01 p.m.

Open Source Bridge 2011

I had a wonderful time at this year's Open Source Bridge conference. Last year at OSBridge, I presented "The Second Step: HOWTO encourage open source work at for-profits" and had a great time. So this …

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