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Mediacurrent IDEA Team Charts the Course for Inclusion

by Rob McBryde
November 10, 2020

Open Source for Everyone

Open source runs the digital world. As a top 10 contributor to Drupal—the software used by 1 out of 30 sites in the world—Mediacurrent feels a deep sense of responsibility to be the change we wish to see. 

From “IDEA” to Reality 

Building a culture that values open dialogue and accountability around issues of diversity and inclusion has always been our goal. This year, we took steps to define our core values and unite our voices for change by launching an employee-led diversity council. Our Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Awareness (IDEA) team drives an important mission. The group strives to lift up marginalized voices in tech and address difficult, ongoing challenges including societal racism, racial bias, transphobia, and homophobia. 

logo for Mediacurrent Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Awareness team

Opening Up About Privilege 

The IDEA committee brings many voices together. As Mediacurrent’s Director of Project Management, I’m proud to be one of those voices.

We often hear that the benefit of open source communities is that anyone can contribute. Yet, this paints a rosy picture of equality that’s far from the current reality in our Drupal community. (Drupal creator Dries Buytaert presents the issue well in this article: The Privilege of Free Time in Open Source.) My personal mission is to lead a dialogue on understanding how individual privilege can open doors for an open source community that's as wonderfully diverse as Drupal’s end users. 

What can those with privilege do to effect change? I grappled with this question in a DrupalCon Seattle session Putting Our Privilege to Work for Inclusivity in Open Source, below. It represents the types of conversations happening within our IDEA committee:

  • What does privilege look like?
  • Mindfulness and recognizing our own privilege
  • How to address privilege in others...gently
  • How to bring about real change

The Path Forward

The IDEA team is hard at work on a few upcoming initiatives, including:

  • Sharing new data about our employee diversity 
  • Making socially conscious choices together about the charities we support 
  • Updating job postings to include our values
  • Technical documentation audit for inclusive language

We look forward to introducing more members of the Mediacurrent IDEA team and sharing some of the many in-progress initiatives on our path forward.

Meet team member, Rob McBryde

Rob is a 13 year veteran of website development, former small business owner, and total Internet addict. He leverages his broad business acumen, paired with a background in online marketing and web design to provide strategic consulting for his clients. Rob stays active in the Drupal community by serving as a member of the Drupal Association and co-founder of the Little Rock Drupal Meetup.

A native of North Little Rock, Arkansas, Rob earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR, and a Master of Arts from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. Prior to Mediacurrent, Rob ran his own web development shop for five years utilizing open source CMSs such as WordPress and Joomla. Following that he worked at a digital agency managing a sales and production team focused on Drupal and WordPress sites. Through these experiences, Rob honed his project management skills and gained insight into the unique perspectives of end users, site owners, graphic designers, and programmers.

According to his Instagram feed, Rob is crazy about his family, good food and craft beers, and the outdoors.

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