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Bridging Communities

Bridging Communities

The WordPress project is built on many technologies and even more experiences. With that we have managed to collectively build the most popular CMS system to date. The project is also big enough to have a global network of communities. Although strong and self sufficient, has this come at a price?

This talk will review how people not inside the WordPress community view us. I will bring some practical suggestions and solutions on how we can look outside our comfort zones, widen our knowledge circles and ensure that we learn from other communities mistakes whilst bridging the gap. As a result, we can make our communities more diverse and stronger for the future.

Jenny Wong

June 26, 2015
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  1. BRIDGING COMMUNITIES
    Jenny Wong / @miss_jwo

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  2. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    2010
    PHP North West

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  3. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    2011
    First WordPress Project

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  4. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    2012
    WordCamp Edinburgh

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  5. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    2014

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  6. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    2014
    No local user groups

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  7. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Community Addict

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  8. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    2014
    PHP North West conference

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  9. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    https://twitter.com/miss_jwo/status/518331214068195329

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  10. @miss_jwo
    #wceu

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  11. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    https://twitter.com/miss_jwo/status/610802794803630080

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  12. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    “From the glimpses I get through
    your feed: A very large, vibrant,
    active, passionate group of people.”

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  13. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    “Very insular. Not interested in outsiders.”

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  14. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    “Community looks very
    active and supportive.”

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  15. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    “Not a part of [the WordPress community].
    Albeit seems highly unprofessional. ”

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  16. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    “Awww, not good enough to be a
    real web developer?”

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  17. @miss_jwo
    #wceu

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  18. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    “Wow. Pretty sad response. […]”

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  19. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    The mocking of
    WordPress by other communities
    is like watching my parents
    have a fight every day.

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  20. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    The mocking of
    any technology by anyone
    is like watching my parents
    have a fight every day.

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  21. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    What is the WordPress community?

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  22. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Business Owners

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    #wceu
    Developers

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  24. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Designers

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  25. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Users

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  26. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Clients

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  27. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Content Writers

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  28. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Journalists

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  29. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Shop owners

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  30. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Project managers

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  31. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Scientists

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  32. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    And so on…

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  33. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Community of People

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  34. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    OTHER COMMUNITIES

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  35. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    How often do you go out to
    another community?

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  36. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    ECHO CHAMBER

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  37. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    WordPressers at PHP events

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  38. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    NIKOLAY BACHIYSKI
    PHP North West 2011

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  39. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    “I generally have good experience
    interacting online with authors of PHP
    projects/libraries that I use.”

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  40. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    “I only consider the WordPress community.
    Never interact with the whole PHP community.”

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  41. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    “Not much regular interaction, but I am
    tired of reading blog posts our articles
    that denigrate WordPress!”

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  42. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    – a WordPress core developer
    “I’m too scared to go.
    They [the PHP developers] will mock me
    for being a WordPress developer”

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  43. @miss_jwo
    #wceu

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  44. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    We can change this - together

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  45. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Multi dimensional problems
    need
    Multi dimensional solutions

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  46. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    WordCamps

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  47. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Conferences

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  48. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    User Groups

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  49. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Meet Ups

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  50. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    DATES

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  51. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Be considerate of when
    we set our dates.

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  52. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Open Source Project:
    Open Tech Calendar

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  53. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    JOINT EVENTS

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  54. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Run a joint event with a
    local … group

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  55. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    PHP.UG

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  56. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Work in progress:
    Community Hub

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  57. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    WORDCAMPS

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  58. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    WordCamp != Conference

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  59. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Developer editions

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  60. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Business editions

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  61. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    […] editions

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  62. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Workshops

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  63. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Go to their user groups

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  64. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Let’s invite outside community
    people to speak at our events

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  65. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Bring back the
    knowledge you gain

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  66. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Share your knowledge

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  67. Inclusiveness

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  68. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    How many people
    are at their first WordCamp?

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  69. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Invite
    everyone
    to the party

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  70. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Introduce everyone to everybody

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  71. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Make the first step

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  72. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    WORDS

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  73. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    We are able to choose our words, 

    but we are
    not able to choose the affect
    they will have on others

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  74. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Getting off
    the Island

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  75. Embrace Diversity

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  76. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Diversity has to be
    part of the plan,
    not an after thought

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  77. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Diversity of technology

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  78. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Diversity of tool choices

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  79. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Diversity of OS choices

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  80. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Respect all choices!

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  81. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    More Info:
    DiversITy Matters
    Tomorrow, Track 2, 17:20

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  82. Knowledge Sharing

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  83. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    People want to learn

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  84. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Training Team
    make.wordpress.org/training

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  85. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    PHP Mentoring

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  86. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    ?
    WordPress Mentoring

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  87. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    WANT TO LEARN SOMETHING?

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  88. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Speak Up!

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  89. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Ask your local group
    to find someone
    to share their knowledge

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  90. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Ask Questions

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  91. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    No question is stupid.

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  92. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    No question is stupid.

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  93. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Welcome

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  94. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Don’t belittle

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  95. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Leave the door open

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  96. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Educate

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  97. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Support

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  98. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Mentor

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  99. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Be cheerleaders

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  100. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Be respectful

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  101. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Be empathetic

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  102. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    and guide

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  103. Doing this already?

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  104. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Amazing!
    Please share your experiences

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  105. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Yes there are barriers
    between communities

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  106. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    We can improve,
    one step at a time.

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  107. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    Multi-dimensional problems
    need
    multi-dimensional solutions

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  108. @miss_jwo
    #wceu
    What solutions do you have?

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  109. Gracias
    Thank You
    Jenny Wong
    @miss_jwo
    hmn.md

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