CiviCon Next Month in San Francisco

I’m honored to be asked to kick off the first ever CiviCon next month in San Francisco. CiviCon is a one day conference for users of CiviCRM, a free software constituent relationship management platform. CiviCRM is a key component of Creative Commons’ infrastructure (we use it as our donor management system), and I’m excited to see the community come together and talk about new features, integration techniques, and ideas for future development.

When I was asked to present, I thought about what I could talk about, beyond simply our deployment and customization of CiviCRM (which the other Nathan will do a great job of during his presentation). Creative Commons is not the first non-profit I’ve worked with, and CiviCRM is not the first constituent/donor management system I’ve worked with. As I thought about my past experience and my experience at Creative Commons, I realized that CiviCRM is a key piece of infrastructure that enables Creative Commons to fulfill its mission, and to do so in a responsible way. Using CiviCRM is not just a question of free vs. proprietary software: it’s a question of responsible stewardship. CiviCRM and other free software allows us to fulfill our mission in a responsible, sustainable way. I think this is important to think about, so I’ll be talking about why I think this is the case. I’ll touch on how CiviCRM fits into Creative Commons, how it supports our mission, why I think FLOSS infrastructure ([STRIKEOUT:including]especially Civi) is essential for non-profits and grassroots organizations, and what I think is on the horizon.

I hope you’ll join me next month at CiviCon; you can register now (space is limited). The list of proposed sessions is online, and it looks like a really interesting day.

date:2010-03-22 06:47:53
tags:cc, civicon, civicrm, san francisco, speaking

Ocean Beach Between the Storms

I spent an hour or so Saturday morning at Ocean Beach with my friend Scott, taking some pictures. Scott is a painter and was taking some reference shots. I was playing with the blackbird, fly Richard gave me for Christmas and taking some digital shots as well.

When we got there it had started to sprinkle again, giving us an amazing rainbow that appeared to land on the Cliff House.

We took a couple photos and went back to the car to wait it out. A few minutes later we had a reprieve from the rain, and we spent the next forty-five minutes walking down the beach.

The sun to our backs and the clouds over the ocean gave everything an ominous, foreboding appearance. Interestingly, this only made the waves and the water more appealing to me. I love watching waves crashing on rocks, rumbling to the shore; I have never seen the waves at Ocean Beach looking so powerful and so merciless.

Even with the crashing waves, though, the dogs were still running around and loving it.

By the time we were close to the Cliff House, it started to rain again. Scott and I hurried off the beach, walking quickly along the sidewalk towards the car. We were soaked when we got there, and the next storm had started.

See the full set of Ocean Beach photos on Flickr; those taken with the blackbird, fly will be uploaded when I get them processed.

date:2010-01-25 09:04:20
category:my life, photo
tags:ocean beach, photos, rain, san francisco, storm