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Building Inclusive Communities

Building Inclusive Communities

We’re all a part of a community—design, CSS, JavaScript or any other. But often we fail to reflect on what that actually means and what responsibility it conveys for us as individuals. This talk focuses on understanding what communities are; creating, sustaining and growing them. It offers insight into building participatory culture, fostering empathy and building a better future, together.

Karolina Szczur

September 08, 2017

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  1. Building Inclusive Communities Presented by @fox

  2. ⚠ Trigger warning This talk includes mentions of harassment and

    depiction or discussion of discriminatory attitudes or actions. If at any point you feel uncomfortable with the content, please feel free to leave and take care of yourself ❤
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  4. I remember the magic of connecting to the Internet for

    the first time, over two decades ago. I was instantly hooked on its wonders.
  5. Today feels different.

  6. The platforms we were once so excited about are dehumanising

    and urging us to fit into stereotypical and often oppressive societal norms.
  7. It’s easier to feel like there’s no room for us

    at all.
  8. It’s easier to feel like there’s no room for us

    at all. We don’t belong. I don’t belong.
  9. Peter Block “Our communities are separated into silos; they're collection

    of institutions and programs operating near one another but not overlapping or touching. This is important to understand because this dividedness that makes it so difficult to create a more positive or alternative future.”
  10. Diversity and inclusion are prerequisites to intentional communities where anyone

    can belong.
  11. Diversity and Inclusion

  12. Vernā Myers “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion

    is being asked to dance.”
  13. Diversity encompasses complex differences and similarities between people such as:

    gender, race, age, ability, socioeconomic status, religion and many more aspects.
  14. Inclusion is a sense of belonging, engaging all individuals and

    letting them function at full capacity.
  15. Equity requires a set of informed policies and practices, intentionally

    designed to promote opportunity and rectify disparities.
  16. Exclusion takes the form of discrimination that denies full access

    to rights, opportunities and resources that are normally accessible to others.
  17. The Industry

  18. Astra Taylor “We have somehow deceived ourselves into believing that

    this state of insecurity and inequity is a form of liberation.”
  19. 26% of computing occupations are held by women. Source: National

    Center for Women and Information Technology
  20. 6% of Fortune 500 chief executives are women. Source: Fortune

  21. 98% of VCs are white or Asian males. Source: Silicon

    Valley’s Morality Crash
  22. 29% is as high as the pay gap between men

    and women gets. Source: The Gender Pay Gap in Tech
  23. 60% of women reported unwanted sexual advances. Source: Elephant in

    the Valley
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  25. 30% of women of colour were passed over for a

    promotion. Source: Tech Leavers Study
  26. 8% of tech workers never experienced gender bias. Source: ISACA

    Breaking The Gender Barriers
  27. 95% of Open Source contributors are male. Source: Github Open

    Source Survey
  28. We are turning a blind eye to systemic issues.

  29. The tech industry often becomes a safe harbour for only

    one type of demographic —white men.
  30. Allyship

  31. Ellen Pao “We are at a crossroads. We can take

    the hard road to reforming our industry through innovation and accountability or continue with the status quo after a moment of self-flagellation.”
  32. We glorify our leaders, trusting they are the only agents

    of change.
  33. We glorify our leaders, trusting they are the only agents

    of change. This deeply patriarchal agenda limits our capacity for improvement.
  34. Change begins with us. No reach or exposure necessary. No

    more silent bystanders. No more looking away.
  35. Being an ally is an ongoing process of unlearning, re-evaluating

    and challenging the oppressive status quo.
  36. 01 Educate

  37. Laurie Penny “Thousands of otherwise decent people are persuaded to

    go along with an unfair system because changing it seems like too much bother.”
  38. We need to commit to an ongoing act of introspection,

    reflection and learning.
  39. Ignorance is part of the oppression. Don’t expect members of

    underrepresented groups to coach you.
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  41. 02 Listen

  42. Mia McKenzie “Shut up and listen.”

  43. Listen to diverse, confronting stories— understand, believe and empathise who

    we’re allying ourselves with.
  44. Sarah Jeong “The Internet is experienced completely differently by people

    who are visibly identifiable as a marginalised race or gender. It’s a nastier, more exhausting Internet, one that gets even nastier and even more exhausting as intersections stack up.”
  45. 03 Understand privilege

  46. Privilege is a set of unearned benefits that come with

    identity traits, such as race, religion, sexual orientation, class or ability.
  47. Privilege is the opposite of oppression, but the two can

  48. It’s our responsibility to recognise and identify the privilege we

    have. Keep a list.
  49. 04 Combat unconscious bias

  50. Unconscious biases are shortcuts our brains take in processing information.

    We are all guilty of bias.
  51. Make your bias conscious—question first impressions and justify your opinions.

  52. 05 Organise

  53. It’s our responsibility as organisers to ensure safe and inclusive

    platforms for gathering. We need set the tone for the industry.
  54. Implement an enforceable Code of Conduct, publish diversity and accessibility

    statements and ensure equal representation.
  55. 06 Donate and give

  56. Diversity and inclusion-oriented organisations are often understaffed and underfunded.

  57. Donate: funds, time, mentorship. Scale it up.

  58. 07 Diversify and amplify

  59. It’s crucial to amplify voices of those without privilege.

  60. Follow more people with opinions and backgrounds different than yours.

    It’s up to you to decide what to amplify.
  61. 08 Take responsibility

  62. No matter how hard we try, we will make mistakes.

  63. We need to own up to our wrongdoing and take

    proactive steps to prevent it from happening in the future.
  64. 1. Educate 2. Listen 3. Understand privilege 4. Combat unconscious

    bias 5. Organise 6. Donate and give 7. Diversify and amplify 8. Take responsibility
  65. The Future

  66. Peter Block “Sustainable transformation is constructed in those places where

    citizens choose to come together to produce a desired future.”
  67. Technological choices we’re making today won’t matter in a span

    of a few short years.
  68. The only thing to prevail is the impact we had

    on other people.
  69. We cannot build a better future perpetuating abusive exclusion.

  70. People first

  71. Martin Luther King Jr. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question

    is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
  72. Thank you Slides: speakerdeck.com/fox/building-inclusive-communities Questions and feedback: @fox on Twitter