[Pdx-pm] Ask For It

Igal Koshevoy igal at pragmaticraft.com
Thu Jan 15 16:04:56 PST 2009

chromatic wrote:
> On Thursday 15 January 2009 14:35:23 Addie M wrote:
>> I'm willing to change myself a bit to accomodate the culture, but the
>> culture has not changed at all to accomodate me, and that's why "the sooner
>> they learn this stuff, the better off we all will be!" hit a wrong note
>> with me.  Until there's a little give on each side, expect to see a
>> persistent lack of diversity in this field.
> I wish I had something better to add to this discussion than what Addie has 
> said, but it's satisfying to agree completely.
> With that said, are there specific ideas or practices that PDX.pm (or other 
> communities of which we are part) can do to encourage everyone who may be 
> interested but isn't a middle-class white male age 21 - 45 to participate more 
> fully in the community?
I'd also be very interested in hearing responses to the above questions.

I can personally attest to the fact that all the organizers of our local 
open tech communities that I've met are good, caring people and think 
they'd be glad to implement these sorts of improvements if they could be 


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