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It was during his 2015 DrupalCon Europe keynote when Dries Buytaert first discussed the ‘free-rider problem’. Dries proposed improvements to the way Drupal tracks contribution an a scale of “social capital”. This would better recognise all types of work and how contributions can lead to a bigger impact in the world.

We’ve come a long way since that day. Fast forward to DrupalCon Amsterdam 2019 and we can see the Drupal Association have invested in tools on Drupal.org to track all types of contribution.

Event organisers, conference speakers, designers, and marketers are amongst the many non code contributors who are participating in ever rising numbers and critically, their efforts are tracked the same way as code commits. We are winning!

 

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As it's a topic I am passionate about, when DrupalCon was going to be hosted in the same venue 5 years on from Dries’s talk, it was a perfect occasion for me to present my session on “How to start contributing to Drupal without code”. 

Photo: Imre Gmelig Meijling @imregmelig

 

How to start contributing to Drupal without code

No matter who you are; designer, writer, sales person, agency owner, project manager or end user I have a contribution idea for you. Even if you’re time poor or believe you have little experience, watch the session. If you still need help finding how to start your contribution journey email me or ping me on Twitter @pdjohnson.

My session on non-code contribution on Youtube

 

In the spirit of open source and scaling Drupal, my slides are available under a Creative Commons BY 2.0 license for you to take and make your own presentation if you wish. 

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Paul Johnson
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As a company director, Paul is responsible for leading our strategy in relation to culture and people. This work has strongly contributed to our enviable staff retention levels. His pragmatic approach, combined with a development career spanning two decades, is a valuable asset to clients approaching challenging and large scale digital projects. These include SONY Pictures Entertainment, King's College London, Travelodge, Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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