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How Do We Heal? (Velocity Conf 2019)

How Do We Heal? (Velocity Conf 2019)

(Given at Velocity Conf on June 13, 2019)

We have been working to foster a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable tech industry for years. We have poured billions of dollars into data collection, new hiring practices, unconscious bias trainings, and educational opportunities for people from underrepresented backgrounds. But we have yet to see meaningful and lasting change.

In the age of “tech as a solution to everything” and its severe implications on humanity, the issue of our industry and society’s homogenous and harmful culture is more critical than ever.

A true shift in consciousness, in how we see each other and our relationships is needed to radically transform ourselves and our communities. One where we move from asking “How do we train and hire more people from X background?” and “How do we take the bad people down?” to “How do we be whole and free together?” and “How do we heal?”

How do we heal our communities and our industry?
How do we heal our internalized racism, sexism, transphobia, and all our other harmful beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors?
How do we heal the harms that were done to us and the harms we have done to others?

Drawing inspiration from restorative justice practices, the work of the Code Cooperative, and my own journey of healing, I offer a hopeful vision for how we can come together and co-create the world we yearn for.

Alex Qin

June 13, 2019
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  1. “I am not free while any woman 

    is unfree, even when her shackles 

    are very different from my own.” 

    - Audre Lorde
    “No one is free until we are all free” 

    - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  9. “I drove him, drove them all, 

    to be first, be bold, be perfect—be the greatest. 

    What I did not do was drive them 

    to be whole, to be free. ” 

    Casey Gerald

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  17. the
    future
    is
    in
    the
    margins

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  18. How do I make my
    organization more 

    diverse?

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  19. how do we heal?

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  20. @alexqin .
    #vdathens19 .

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    #vdathens19 .

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  22. social justice warrior

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  23. social justice warrior
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    capitalist patriarchy

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  24. “Hate cannot drive out hate;
    only love can do that.”
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  25. tech is not a meritocracy


    excellence in code can come from anyone
    we all deserve to 

    be here, be safe, and thrive 

    no matter what body we were born in

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  26. “We heal ourselves, 

    and we heal in relationship, 

    and from that place, simultaneously, 

    we create more space for healed communities,
    healed movements, 

    healed worlds.” 

    adrienne maree brown

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  27. “At this point, we have all of the information
    we need to create a change; it isn’t a matter
    of facts. It’s a matter of longing, having the
    will to imagine and implement something
    else.” 

    adrienne maree brown

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  28. “Transform yourself to transform the world”


    Grace Lee Boggs

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  29. my liberation
    cannot come at the cost of
    harming others

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  30. “Wage Love” 

    Charity Mahouna Hicks

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  31. @alexqin
    @codecooperative

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