The central focus of my life has always been around bringing people together and building community. Open source is where I found a home for that drive to connect.

Diagnosed at 23 with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a genetic condition affecting the connective tissue in my body, I've spent most of my life working with chronic pain, joint instability and fatigue.

As a practicing Buddhist for 12+ years and working towards ordination in the Triratna Buddhist Order, Buddhism has a central place in my life and informs every area of my life.

Learning how to train with a physical disability and exploring ways to push myself without injuries or flare-ups has been quite a challenge. I just completed my first ultramarathon!

Hello, I'm Ruth! Here's a bit about me ...

Hello, I'm Ruth!

Open source advocate

Long term user and contributor to open source projects, I'm currently working full-time at Acquia as Project Lead for Mautic


Public speaker

Speaking regularly at events around the world on a range of topics from open source to living an active life with a disability and my unconventional path to a career in tech.


Board member

Proud to be a trustee of Breathworks, helping people around the world living with pain and suffering.


Aspiring Bodhisattva

Practicing Buddhist for 12+ years within the Triratna Buddhist Community and training for ordination.


EDS Warrior

Living a full and active life with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, including a slight obsession with ultramarathon endurance running.


Events

Next up on the travel itinerary:
I am very fortunate that my work often allows me to meet amazing people from all over the world to collaborate on and improve open source projects and communities. Here's some of the upcoming events I'll be attending.
  • DrupalCon Prague, Czech Republic 19-24 September 2022
  • Mautic Conference South America, São Paulo, Brazil November 2022
  • FOSDEM 2023, Belgium (hopefully!) Spring 2023

Community Blog articles

Community Management
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 With the way things are going it is more likely than not that event organisers are going to have...
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It really doesn’t seem like it was only two weeks ago that I walked through the doors of the...
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Have you ever watched discussions happening in your community where someone shares a thought or...
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You've got a great idea and you're thinking that building a community around your idea would be a...

Health and Fitness Blog articles

Health & Fitness
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This weekend after a culmination of nearly a year's training, I completed my first ever marathon -...
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During my training for Endure24 I started to pick up small but frustrating problems with my body -...
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Just over a year ago, I strained a muscle in my wrist while caring for a family member following...
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Today is #InternationalWheelchairDay which has me reflecting just how much my life has changed...

Mautic Articles

Mautic
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It’s hard to believe that three years ago today I was nervously preparing for my drive to Reading...
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Where did that quarter go?! A lot of exciting things happening in the Mautic Community at the...
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It's that time again! Let's recap what has happened in the first quarter of 2022 - it's been a...
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On GivingTuesday, the Mautic project—an open source marketing automation platform—shared its...
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