Should Others Follow GitHub’s Decision to Open Source DEI?

Spix's Macaw NFT takes flight in the wild for the first time in 22 years, according to wildlife photographer Tim Flach. Spix's Macaw became the first species to go "extinct" on June 11, 2022, when a group of birds was released in Bahia state, Brazil. Flach collaborated with Atlas Labs and the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP) to create Project Unextinct NFT, a collection of images of Spix's Macaw, to commemorate the watershed moment in animal conservation. A continuing historical event The reintroduction of this first group into the wild is the first time in recorded history that a species has recovered from being declared extinct. This is a seminal once-in-a-lifetime event, the unprecedented release of the Spix's macaw back into the wild, from which it has been extinct for a generation. This umbrella species is encouraging the regeneration of its native habitat and the region's biodiversity. Because fully reintroducing the Spix's Macaw back into its natural habitat is likely to take years, Project Unextinct NFT is expected to provide holders with a variety of long-term benefits. This will include, most notably, access to the Unextinct; collectors community, where members will receive bi-weekly updates on the status of the eight freed Macaws. Holders will also be given priority access to an event later this year in which the second group of Spix will be released into the wild. Environment-friendly NFTs While NFT has previously been used to help fund conservation efforts for endangered animal species, this project distinguishes itself by allowing holders to actively participate in the conservation efforts. The Unextinct team will plant a tree in Caatinga for every NFT sold, assisting in the restoration of the Spix's natural habitat and making the NFT space more environmentally sustainable as a whole. The Unextinct team has pledged to offset twice the amount of carbon produced by the NFT sale through direct air capture. The sale of Project Unextinct NFT has been billed as a completely carbon-negative transaction by its team. Atlas Labs CEO Sam Dhesi hopes that this is not the last event of its kind in the NFT space. Unextinct is the epitome of a world-first endeavor that will pave the way for countless "unextinction" events shortly. We're extremely proud to be a part of the incredible team driving this global effort.

Spix's Macaw NFT takes flight in the wild for the first time in 22 years, according to wildlife photographer Tim Flach. Spix's Macaw became the first species to go "extinct" on June 11, 2022, when a group of birds was released in Bahia state, Brazil. Flach collaborated with Atlas Labs and the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP) to create Project Unextinct NFT, a collection of images of Spix's Macaw, to commemorate the watershed moment in animal conservation. A continuing historical event The reintroduction of this first group into the wild is the first time in recorded history that a species has recovered from being declared extinct. This is a seminal once-in-a-lifetime event, the unprecedented release of the Spix's macaw back into the wild, from which it has been extinct for a generation. This umbrella species is encouraging the regeneration of its native habitat and the region's biodiversity. Because fully reintroducing the Spix's Macaw back into its natural habitat is likely to take years, Project Unextinct NFT is expected to provide holders with a variety of long-term benefits. This will include, most notably, access to the Unextinct; collectors community, where members will receive bi-weekly updates on the status of the eight freed Macaws. Holders will also be given priority access to an event later this year in which the second group of Spix will be released into the wild. Environment-friendly NFTs While NFT has previously been used to help fund conservation efforts for endangered animal species, this project distinguishes itself by allowing holders to actively participate in the conservation efforts. The Unextinct team will plant a tree in Caatinga for every NFT sold, assisting in the restoration of the Spix's natural habitat and making the NFT space more environmentally sustainable as a whole. The Unextinct team has pledged to offset twice the amount of carbon produced by the NFT sale through direct air capture. The sale of Project Unextinct NFT has been billed as a completely carbon-negative transaction by its team. Atlas Labs CEO Sam Dhesi hopes that this is not the last event of its kind in the NFT space. Unextinct is the epitome of a world-first endeavor that will pave the way for countless "unextinction" events shortly. We're extremely proud to be a part of the incredible team driving this global effort.GitHub’s “All In” program is dedicated to advancing DEI within open source.

Two years ago, Demetris Cheatham joined GitHub as a senior director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Strategy. She has a goal to open source DEI. DEI is used to describe policies and programs that promote the representation and participation of different groups of individuals, including people of different ages, races, ethnicities, abilities and disabilities, genders, cultures, religions, and sexual orientations. Many open-source projects are hosted on GitHub, where you can access repositories or get involved in community projects.

Cheatham understood how open source software development succeeds when large groups of people work together to create solutions to thorny problems. Open-source (OSS) is code that is designed to be publicly accessible anyone can see, modify, and distribute the code as they see fit. An open-source development model is a process used by an open-source community project to develop open-source software. The open-source movement is the reason that technology has developed at such a breakneck pace for the past few decades.

 

Open source’ DEI is streamlining GitHub’s diversity:

The challenges Cheatham saw in promoting inclusion among open-source software developers were the same issues. Cheatham had worked on in her years spent leading diversity and belonging across the social sector and finance industry. Their goal is to expose students to open source and provide a clear pathway to participate in an internship program with one of our corporate partners.

Last year they launched “All In”, a community dedicated to advancing DEI within open source through access, community, equity, and data. It aimed at partnering with corporations, philanthropists, and underrepresented universities to create a more diverse and inclusive community of developers. GitHub to advance DEI within open source.

GitHub was the holistic approach that they were taking to diversity, inclusion, and belonging. GitHub is All In when it comes to advancing DEI within open source. They committed to approaching it the open source way openly, transparently, and in collaboration with those in the open-source community. GitHub had a holistic strategy focusing on its people, including 83 million developers.

As a part of “All In” completed a Maintainer’s Listening Tour which was a series of focus groups, individual interviews, and an asynchronous process. Leveraging early findings of our Open Source DEI Survey to tackle opportunities for improvement head-on, They are ready to grow “All In” to new heights this coming year. The findings inspired GitHub’s pilot program “All In”.

Diversity work often suffers when best practices are siloed, duplicated unnecessarily and when it lacks industry collaboration. when start to make systemic changes, lasting changes, generational changes, and that’s what attracted Cheatham to GitHub. Together with leaders in tech, students, researchers, and more we have concluded our first year of growing this exciting community time flies.