Opening Eljay, as the organizer of the group, welcomed all participants, seven of which work in fao, one works in wfp and one other person works for the Italian revenue agency. The number of members has grown to 16 in just a few weeks

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First meeting Drupalistas Rome, Italy

Wednesday 13 June, 2012.

Location: FAO

Time: 16.00 – 17.00 hours


Eljay, as the organizer of the group, welcomed all participants, seven of which work in FAO, one works in WFP and one other person works for the Italian revenue agency. The number of members has grown to 16 in just a few weeks.

Introduction round for each participant.

Andrew, works in WFP, is two and a half years in Rome, and is developer. He has sent two documents, “Drupal Standards & Best Practice” and “WFP Web Development Guidelines” to all participants and would like to receive feedback.

GianPaulo: works in FAO, involved in Drupal 5, 6 & 7 since 2008.
Valeria: works in FAO, uses Drupal as tool for agricultural information systems. Focus on RDF, semantics, in- and export.
Marina: communication officer. Is interested in Drupal in order to be able to understand /communicate with programmers and developers.
Alessandro: Has worked with Drupal 5 – 7 since 2007. Works for the Italian revenue agency. Has been involved in the transition of sites from Typo3 to Drupal. He thinks the power of Drupal is because of its customization possibilities, in combination with CSS 3 and html5.
Antonella: is in IT almost 10 years, is developer, experienced in Java, asp, .net. She works with Drupal since 3 years.
Martina: programmer as far back as she can remember, started with Quick basic, later PHP and other programming languages. Her excitement about Drupal is that everything one can thinks of is possible.
Derek: Involved in Drupal since version 4.7. He sees himself more as a designer, with a focus on user experience.
Eljay: Has a Marketing background in the private sector, is Communications consultant in the Rome-based UN-agencies since 2004, and discovered Drupal in 2007. He started seriously working with it as of D6.3.
What are ones expectations of the Drupalistas.

Derek: The use of Content Management Systems seems to be political. He would like to learn how to ‘sell’ Drupal, learn about ‘contexts’ in D7, solutions for users, and user interaction.

Martina would like to understand what people want, but also to do the ‘new’, to create the ‘unthinkable’.
Antonella proposed to have at every meeting someone to present a case study.
Alessandro thinks that meeting and sharing knowledge about Drupal in our group is very useful with respect to community, because we can be more “tight” and cooperative and, much more important, we can know each other as real people.
Marina would like to know what is possible with Drupal. And learn about collaboration between developers, programmers, and communication people. She also would like to get feedback on how to further generate ideas.
Valeria is looking for what the group members have in common, and also to find out what political issues determine the choice for a CMS. To her Drupal is a tool to manage information, and she refers to Agridrupal with its use of Organic Groups (
Eljay would like to share both problems as well as solutions.
How to deal with people

One of the discussions that evolved was about differences between people. Eljay gave a brief explanation of one way on how to categorize people using a matrix. The example is based on his experiences with Human Insight, a company he helped to start-up ( In brief people tend towards an attachment to people or to content, and all people have an instinct to explore: some more than others. More exploratory-oriented people use information to help create the future without knowing whether outcomes will be positive or negative, whereas stability-oriented people make ideas concrete and then implement them, they are more rules oriented.

Some examples:

People attached and exploratory-oriented: General Managers, founders of companies.

People attached and stability-oriented: Nurses

Matter attached and exploratory-oriented: Programmers, developers

Matter attached and stability-oriented: Accountants, bookkeepers.
If one puts this in a matrix one gets a square with 16 quadrants describing different types of people, going from one extreme to another.

The group agreed on dedicating at least one meeting on this topic.

Next meeting

There will be a Drupal presentation on 28 June from 15.00 – 16.00 hours by Cyril Reinard from Acquia. All Drupalistas are invited to attend.

Immediately after the presentation Cyril Reinard will be available exclusively to the Drupalistas for another hour, followed by a drink at OTR (one of the bars opposite FAO).

Please prepare feedback to Andrew regarding “Drupal Standards & Best Practice” and “WFP Web Development Guidelines”.


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