Setting Deployment Environments' Terraform State Backends with Environment Variables

3 minute read Published: Author: Colan Schwartz

Terraform is an essential tool for automating cloud-computing infrastructure and storing it in code (IaC). While there are several ways to navigate between deployment environments (e.g. Dev, Staging & Prod), I’d like to talk about how this can be done with environment variables, and explain why it can’t be done more naturally with Terraform variables.

Consensus Company Retreat - October 2022

5 minute read Published: Author: Derek Laventure

Introduction Last week our fully remote team gathered in person at a beautiful spot in Prince Edward County, Ontario, for our second annual company retreat. Our first iteration in 2021 was a resounding success, and we decided to do it again this year. In both cases, we took advantage of the high-bandwidth nature of being together in physical space to hold a variety of big picture conversations about our accomplishments, direction and goals.

The Trouble with Unicorns

6 minute read Published: Author: Seonaid Lee

Do you REALLY need a unicorn? Or (spoiler alert!!!) would a herd of horses with the necessary skills shared among them actually be a better solution to your problem?

Aligned Governance for a Values-Driven Company

8 minute read Published: Author: Seonaid Lee

When you set out to build a company that explicitly espouses liberatory politics, and you want to be around for the long haul, you’ve just committed yourself to do some deep soul searching about governance. Fortunately, we found sociocracy, so we had a starting point for all those hard conversations.