I'm a writer and researcher who likes to understand how people work. I try to engage in both theory and practice, which means I'm always cycling between writing to understand a topic, then finding ways to test those ideas in the "real world."
I spent the last few years trying to understand parasocial communities and reputation-based economies, working at Substack until recently. I'm currently exploring new ideas but have a topic on the horizon - stay tuned.
Previously, I focused on open source software, working independently and at GitHub to improve the developer experience. I published a book about open source developers called Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software (available here).
If you'd like to get in touch, find me on Twitter @nayafia or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Fair warning: I am overwhelmed by messages right now. I'd love to be able to respond to everyone, but if you don't hear back, it's not personal! I'm trying my best. (I am also more responsive to short emails.)
Sometime at the end of last year, I wondered about what it would look like to have a mass-organized abstention campaign. My interest in this topic was mostly casual, but in a moment of enthusiasm, I shared these thoughts on a mailing list with a bunch of creative politically-minded folks, looking for ideas and inspiration.
I recently decided to wrap up my time at Protocol Labs, and along with it, my time in open source research.
Silicon Valley is a coal mine for ideas. There’s something special about it: unlike a coal miner, you get to keep and sell what you extract from the ore deposits, and I feel lucky to have the setup that I do. But it is work.