Open Collective
Open Collective
August 2020 Update
Published on September 14, 2020 by Zee Spencer

August 2020 Update

It’s hard to believe it’s been three months since we launched the Zinc Community program! During that time, our focus has been moving Convene forward and to redistribute the wealth we capture. With July’s patronage payout, we hit our first milestone in our strategy for a post-scarcity society. 

In August, we began stage two of the Zinc Community program: Continuous Education. We are now offering bi-weekly group-coding sessions where we focus on Test Automation. Each session starts with a check in of name, pronouns, what we’ve been puzzling over.

From there CJ, Tom or I pick a piece of Convene that could use more test automation and work through it as a group. We take it slowly, asking and answering questions, and following our curiosity. 

If you would like to join in, hit us up at [email protected]!

Project by Project Updates


Colombene, Vivek, Tom, CJ, and I have been focused on infrastructure improvements and taking a deeper look at the goal of Convene. One thing we realized is that trying to match Zoom or Clubhouse or other platforms “feature for feature” was outside of our ability to execute on. Instead, we took a step back and began honing into our core value proposition: making space. So much of our time, attention, and energy is spent in toxic or hostile spaces. Convene creates space to be present, free and supported

Some other cool things:

Moment Park


Support has been on the back burner for the past 6ish months. It’s been hanging out, forwarding emails from cold lead contact forms for a while. We’ve gotten a bit of interest in templated responses to inbound emails and a help-desk but don’t have the capacity to build them out. We also got a lovely contribution from Carol!

That’s all for now! Take care of yourselves out there, so you can support those around you in taking care of themselves.

Zee and the Zinc Stewards, Maintainers and Contributors.