Episode 26: Matt Mullenweg on Ukraine, Community, and WordPress

Episode 26: Matt Mullenweg on Ukraine, Community, and WordPress


Matt Mullenweg speaks to WordPress contributors worldwide on this particular version of the WP Briefing podcast with Josepha Haden Chomphosy. Join us to listen to Matt’s ideas on Ukraine.

Have a query you’d like answered? You can submit them to wpbriefing@wordpress.org, both written or as a voice recording.


How You Can Help


Mécecins Sans Frontieres 

International Committee of the Red Cross 

International Rescue Committee

UN Refugee Agency 

World Central Kitchen

Tech For Ukraine



Josepha Haden Chomphosy  00:00

Hello, everybody, and welcome to a particular version of the WordPress Briefing. I’ve Matt right here with me as we speak as a result of we wish to acknowledge that we’re as soon as once more firstly of a really tough time. Neither of us would presume to know what it’s prefer to be on the coronary heart of such huge disruption in our lives. But who would we be if we didn’t cease and verify in with you all, the undertaking that we maintain so pricey? And with that, I’ll hand it proper over to you, Matt.

Matt Mullenweg  00:27

Hello everybody. First, I wish to thank Josepha for inviting me to hitch the WordPress Briefing to share what’s been on my thoughts in mild of current world occasions. 

Matt Mullenweg  00:37

I’ve been listening and watching occasions escalate in Ukraine, typically in a state of shock. The scale alone is difficult to absorb. I imply, within the final 7 days, greater than 500,000 individuals have fled their properties, extra refugees are anticipated day-after-day. The downstream humanitarian crises of the invasion are unimaginable.  

Matt Mullenweg  00:56

And seeing destruction on the planet we reside in is complicated, disconcerting, and tough. In my expertise, open supply and WordPress carry individuals collectively; individuals from different nations and cultures, folks that we all know as buddies and colleagues. Technology connects us, no matter the place we’re. Nothing can negate the dangerous issues taking place on the planet, however after I see how this group of contributors collaborates, no matter borders, you all remind me of the great on the planet day-after-day.

Matt Mullenweg  01:30

I firmly consider that the online might be an equalizer and a power for good on the planet. To me, the WordPress undertaking is the epitome of goodness—everybody has a voice, a platform, and a group. You have the facility to make your nook of the world, and the online, a sanctuary for individuals who want it—particularly now.

Matt Mullenweg  01:45

If you or somebody you already know is affected by this warfare, I encourage you to be current because the ramifications unfold. While we could all really feel fatigued and have a way of languishing from the previous two years of the Covid pandemic, the present of time and assist for each other can’t be overstated. I’m assured that each single particular person within the WordPress group will method the scenario in Ukraine with sensitivity and understanding. 

Matt Mullenweg  02:07

I invite you to hitch me in standing with these on the planet working to finish battle and working towards a world of peace, promise, and alternative. If you’re on the lookout for a approach to assist assist the humanitarian disaster in Ukraine, I’ll provide some recommended NGOs, or Non-Governmental Organizations, that present help to native peacebuilders within the area. 

Matt Mullenweg  02:26

In closing, please know that my ideas are with everybody in our group. I do know that my phrases right here can’t change something there, however I hope that all of us keep in mind that phrases of assist are by no means unwelcome. And we will by no means know when just a little human kindness may also help somebody share the invisible heaviness of their coronary heart. 

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  02:44

Thanks for that, Matt. My buddies, there are hyperlinks within the present notes to a few of the teams that Matt referenced. And that’s it for this particular version of the WordPress Briefing. I’m your host, Josepha Haden Chomphosy. Be secure, be form to your self and others, and I’ll see you once more in a few weeks.


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