Enable Community Foundation

May 23, 2015
Designed by Peter Binkley, based on other e-nable community designs, for his young adult son Peregrine Hawthorn.

Designed by Peter Binkley, based on other e-nable community designs, for his young adult son Peregrine Hawthorn.

I finally updated my linkedin profile to document my work for the e-nable community, after helping to found the Enable Community Foundation last October… I was waiting to see how real it would become. I am touched and amused by all the congratulations of my “new job.” To be clear: it is unpaid, people! That does not make it a job exactly, more of an obsession.

Working on anything nights and weekends, and in my case, shifting my hourly day job around to nights and weekends when I need to do ECF meetings on a weekday, can be exhausting but also rewarding. It is great to work with so many amazing people around the world, just as I did when I worked in the java.net community ten years ago. It is also challenging to work in an open community, because silicon valley is a very weird and special place, and even the awesome people in the rest of the world surprise me sometimes by what they think, say, and do. Nothing like being forced to acknowledge the discomfort and strength of all kinds of diversity.

This month, some nice pieces fell into place that I am very happy about. First, the Amputee Coalition is working with me and a volunteer in LA (who works as a medical scribe) on a Fact Sheet about e-nable, prosthetics, and 3d printing. I’ve literally been trying to make that happen since last year! Now we have a deadline and a team, so I’m hopeful we’ll actually be able to publish something better than the various FAQs that we have already.

Second, we have a number of student researchers at various university labs this summer! One of them is organizing a weekly hangout for them to share their work. The hangouts will be recorded and then shared with the community for viewing later.

There is steady progress on all the behind the scenes business bits, also, but these are the two bits I’m most happy about this week.

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