Observe Volunteer Responsibility Amnesty Day each solstice @brainwane #volunteeramnestyday

As a Free Software hobbyist, I’ve worked as a volunteer on a lot of projects over the years. There’s not really a defined way to get closure when it’s a responsibility I don’t want or can’t handle anymore. That’s why I was interested to read about this project, which relevant for folks doing non-software volunteer work as well.

Volunteer Responsibility Amnesty Day is about checking with yourself, and ending the commitments you need to end – maybe by taking a break, or by rotating it on to someone else, or by sunsetting a project.

Creator brainwane (Sumana Harihareswara) wrote:

Several months ago, in my talk “What Would Open Source Look Like If It Were Healthy?”, I told a story of an overwhelmed open source software maintainer in a hypothetical future where every solstice is a Responsibility Amnesty Day. He uses one to say “Sorry, I need to stop doing this.”

Several people really perked up at that idea. So now there’s a website: https://www.volunteeramnestyday.net/. I wrote the text and got some help with the logo, design, etc.

Check out the website, and then do your own personal inventory. The next solstice is December 21, 2021. The one after that is June 21, 2022. (via metafilter projects)


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