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Brand and community balancing on a see-saw

A community's brand is its visual identity, its logo a unifying symbol. How does a community rebrand in the open?
failure sign at a party, celebrating failure

The trick is to not make the same mistake twice.
A two way street sign

As open projects mature, their governance models inevitably change. Here's how we're evolving ours.
a big flag flying in a sea of other flags, teamwork

Open communities are living, breathing entities that grow and change. Join us as we help one evolve.

Catch up on the biggest open source headlines from the past two weeks.
A secure lock.

Whether you're learning the first steps or looking to add to your skills, there's something for you in's top 10 security articles of 2019.
Hands on a keyboard with a Python book

CherryTree is an open source alternative to OneNote for keeping track of the things you need to know.
A ship wheel with someone steering

Open organizations are adaptable, but the way they adapt to changing conditions can define (or destroy) them.
scrabble letters: "time for change"

Here's how to create a visible change process to support the community around an open source project.
Lots of people in a crowd.

Internet Relay Chat meetings can be a great way to move a project forward if you follow these best practices.