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Wednesday, October 24 • 12:05 - 12:45
How Having Kids from Hard Places Helped Me Serve Open Source Communities - John Mertic, The Linux Foundation

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Trauma is real. 70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. PTSD is recognized as a psychobiological mental disorder than can affect survivors of combat experience, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, serious accidents, and silently life events like assault or abuse, or even sudden and major emotional losses.

Raising children with this background gives you a unique perspective on human behavior that often is considered "problematic" or "distractive", which taught me to look beyond the visible actions. In this talk, I'll share some of what I've learned, how this has changed how I react to others, and tips for recognizing trauma in your project and how to ensure those individuals can be effective participants.

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John Mertic

Director of Program Management, The Linux Foundation
John Mertic is the Director of Program Management for The Linux Foundation. Under his leadership, he has helped ASWF, ODPi, Open Mainframe Project, and R Consortium accelerate open source innovation and transform industries. John has an open source career spanning two decades, both... Read More →

Wednesday October 24, 2018 12:05 - 12:45 BST
Harris I & II, Level 1