Presented by

  • Julia Ferraioli

    Julia Ferraioli

  • Josh Simmons

    Josh Simmons

    Josh Simmons is a community organizer, nonprofit leader, and open source strategist who builds up people, programs, communities, and organizations around the commons. Passionate about mission-driven work, inclusive organizing, and tackling systemic issues, Josh has worked across for-profits, nonprofits, and public institutions. Josh is a Partner in Open Chapters, Vice President for Petaluma Pride, Director of DEI for Independent Federated Trust and Safety, and Co-organizer of North Bay Python. He is best known for his six-year tenure with Open Source Initiative and leading the organization to a new stage of maturity as its President then Chair.

  • Monica Ayhens-Madon

    Monica Ayhens-Madon

    Monica is a community facilitator and nurturer who began her journey into open source software contributorhood in 2020 with documentation and website contributions to the Ubuntu MATE team and OpenMRS. In early 2021, she began working for Canonical on the Ubuntu Community Team, where she helped relaunch UbuntuOnAir, return Ubuntu (virtually!) to FOSDEM, and launch Canonical's inclusive language initiative. She left in August 2022. Since then, she has spoken as a panelist on burnout in the community profession at OSS Europe in Dublin, been elected to the Ubuntu Community Council for a two-year term, and helped organize things like a pre-SCALE JPL private tour and the FOSSY 'Community: Open Source in Service' track. Monica's background is in academia, with a B.A. in Ancient Greek and a M.A. in Maritime Studies. She loves travel, and the chance to meet new people all over the world - and bring tasty treats back home. She is also an occasional streamer on Twitch as 'communiteatime' where she can be found playing cozy games, painting, and sipping tea. She lives with her husband and fellow geek John in the Atlanta metro area.


In this panel and facilitated discussion, we’ll gaze cautiously into the abyss and confront the realities and possibilities that keep us up at night. We’ll share our concerns and fears together, shine a little light for one another to help us on our journeys, and carry forward having named the beasts that haunt us. We may not be able to solve all that ails us in this session, but through naming them and creating shared understanding, we hope that our communities of practice will be better prepared to support one another. Flashlights, spooky stories, and actual insomnia are optional.