Cultivating the Drupal community mindfully

Matthew Tift  ⚫  DrupalCon Global Community Summit  ⚫  15 July 2020

How mindfulness cultivates a kinder Drupal community

Matthew Tift, PhD, RYT

  • Teach meditation in prisons
  • Yoga instructor
  • Core contributor since 2010
  • CMI, Olivero, many articles
  • Drupal developer at Lullabot

E&E budget

“A course on Mindfulness Meditation (or similar)”


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Mindfulness science

  • Increased concentration
  • Self-compassion
  • Better sleep quality
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Improved memory

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A new tool!

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Drupal problems?

  • Ethical choices
  • Leadership
  • Contributors
  • Stress
  • Deadlines


Fixing problems

Redefining our relationship to problems

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Not comforting

It’s up to you to do the work


Recognize human beings

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Mindful Communities

  • Improved relationships
  • Interconnectedness
  • Acknowledge differences
  • Listening skills

Values & Principles

  • “greater good”
  • “worthy of contribution”
  • “care deeply about others”
  • “critical listening”


Establish attention in the present

Pause for 1 minute

Before (or during) a meeting



  • What’s your motivation?
  • Ask permission
  • Right time
  • Right place
  • Stick to the facts

Do not accept anger

We control our actions

Not the outcome

Ask questions

Thread Slack conversations

Intentional community

Try it

Don’t take my word for it