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Guest post: Deciding if or when a harasser may return to an event

This is a series of excerpts from a post by writer and speaker Stephanie Zvan, advising conference organizers on how to respond when a person who harassed people at their event wants to return to the event. The post was prompted by Jim Frenkel's attendance at the 2014 Wiscon feminist science fiction convention, after reports of harassment by Frenkel at the 2013 Wiscon and other events. These posts are excerpts from a post that originally appeared on "Almost Diamonds" at Free Thought Blogs. You can read part 1 of this post here.

Now, once you’ve decided to treat a harassment claim like any other health and safety issue, your main decision still remains. Do you or don’t you allow the harasser to remain at or return to your event? There are two main factors in deciding.

  1. Do you reasonably think the harasser will continue to violate your code of conduct?
  2. Will your guests reasonably feel safe if the harassers remains or returns?

The trick, of course, is defining “reasonably”. We’d all like to think we’re more reasonable than we are. Still, it’s possible to work through these issues.

Judging whether a harasser will stop violating your code of conduct

What kinds of things make it reasonable to think a harasser will stop? Here are a few:

  • They were unaware that their behavior was a violation of your code of conduct. This could be true if your code of conduct is not well publicized or the language is vague or ambiguous. Of course, if this is the case, the behavior in question would also have to be reasonably acceptable outside of your event. For example, groping someone, trapping them, and screaming in their face are all broadly condemned even outside of areas with codes of conduct. No one should be reasonably unaware that these behaviors are unacceptable. If the behavior in question is the sort of thing that would be hidden from bosses, organizers, or the respected voices of the community, a harasser doesn’t have a reasonable case that they “just didn’t know”.
  • They express understanding of their behavior and remorse about it. In the case of honest miscommunication that results in harm to one of the parties, the person who caused the harm should also be upset. They should accept that what they did caused harm, and they should want to prevent causing more harm by repeating the behavior in the future. If they aren’t remorseful, then they consider their original behavior to be justified and are more likely to repeat it.
  • They understand and accept the consequences that apply to their behavior. This is sometimes easier to see in the negative than the positive. Someone who argues that they shouldn’t receive consequences or, worse, that you “cannot” apply consequences to them feels entitled to your spaces and your events. They don’t see that their access is legitimately tied to and dependent on their good behavior. This can be a particular problem when a harasser is friends with decision-makers. Communicating to that friend that what is happening needs to be taken seriously is far more difficult in that situation than it is when it’s not mixed with cozy interpersonal relationships.
  • They don’t have a pattern of unacceptable behavior. One event may be a fluke. More than one event, even if every one of them is a “miscommunication”, points to an underlying problem. In order to reasonably believe that a harasser’s behavior will change in these circumstances, you’ll need to see some kind of evidence that the underlying problem has been addressed.

Notice that I suggested you should apply a different standard to guests at your events than you apply to yourself as an organizer (feeling vs. thinking). There are two reasons for that. The first is that, as an organizer, you’re privy to more information about a harassment complaint than your guests are. The second is that your guests have signed up for a different kind of experience than you have.

When you agree to organize an event, you take on extra responsibilities that your guests don’t have. They’re at your event to have a good time, socialize, and (depending on the nature of your event) learn something. You’re there to facilitate that. This means you take on a responsibility to consider their experience as it is, not as you think it should be. In other words, you may feel that your guests or potential guests are being irrational about a situation, but that won’t stop them from deciding they don’t want to show up. People get to stay home if they want to. It’s up to you to make them want to attend instead.

Judging whether other attendees will feel safe with the harasser attending your event

What kinds of things make it reasonable for guests to feel safe with a harasser attending your event?

  • They trust you to handle violations of the code of conduct promptly and fairly. People are more comfortable taking risks when they have backup. Attending an event with a harasser is a risk. If you ask them to take that risk for you, you have to show them that you’ve earned that trust.
  • They can avoid the harasser at little cost to them. This gives people control of their interactions with the harasser. If you put the harasser in a position of authority or require people to interact with them in order to access a service at your event, they won’t feel they can maintain their safety without unreasonable costs. Volunteer-run events sometimes argue that they need the volunteer, but I’ve yet to see one account for the volunteers they’ll lose by handing power (yes, volunteer positions involve some degree of power) to a harasser.
  • Their prior interactions with the harasser are not painful to recall. To be blunt, you may well have to choose between having a harasser attend your event and having the person or people they harassed attend. Dealing with memories spurred by seeing one’s harasser, or someone whose harassing behavior you witnessed, does not make for a pleasant event experience. If people don’t want to cope with that, you can’t require them to. Attempting to shame them for it won’t work and will only lead to the impression that you care more about the prestige or financial success of your event than the people who make it what it is.
  • They know what to expect. Surprising your guests with the attendance of someone they believe to be a harasser is not a good idea. Yes, your hands are tied with regard to how much information you can safely share about a harassment investigation and follow-up without incurring legal liability. Nonetheless, issues that get broad attention, as so many do right now as we figure out as communities how they should be handled, will require basic communication now or more communication in more detail later. If you have the staff to handle a storm of bad PR, you should have the staff to get out ahead of the problem.

That isn’t a long list of requirements for successfully reincorporating a harasser into a space they’ve abused. As much as some people like to suggest that nothing a harasser can do to be allowed back, these are not impossible hurdles. That doesn’t mean they’re not tricky to navigate in practice, but the principles that make people likely to be safe in reality and make them subjectively feel safe are not rocket science. They don’t require divination. They don’t require reading people’s minds or bowing to unreasonable demands.

And if you’re an organization facing these problems and feeling like you’re swimming in treacherous waters, there are people who want to help. We’ve been working on this issue, in our organizations or with multiple organizations on a consulting basis. We are invested in people starting to get things right. We want the good examples for everyone to follow. We want good decisions that, while they aren’t going to be comfortable, are going to make things better for all the people who aren’t part of the problem.

Let us help you get things right, because ultimately, it’s going to be you who bears the blame and criticism if and when you get it wrong.

You can continue reading the original post here.

Guest post: Harassment isn't an interpersonal issue, it's a health and safety issue

This is a series of excerpts from a post by writer and speaker Stephanie Zvan, advising conference organizers on how to respond when a person who harassed people at their event wants to return to the event. The post was prompted by Jim Frenkel's attendance at the 2014 Wiscon feminist science fiction convention, after reports of harassment by Frenkel at the 2013 Wiscon and other events. These posts are excerpts from a post that originally appeared on "Almost Diamonds" at Free Thought Blogs.

So how should event organizers deal with people who have been reasonably found to have harassed one of their attendees (hereafter referred to as “the harasser” out of convenience rather than any essentialism)?

Harassment isn't an interpersonal issue

We are accustomed and encouraged to use frames of reference in thinking about harassment that aren’t helpful, so let’s clear a couple of those up right off the bat. Harassment is not an “interpersonal issue”. Having your boundaries violated is not something a person does. It is something that is done to them. When someone says how they want to be treated (either verbally or through body language) and this is ignored, this is a unilateral action on the part of the person who chose to ignore their boundaries. When things outside the bounds of the broadest social norms or outside of a local code of conduct are done to people without them being consulted, this is a unilateral action on the part of the person who took action without consulting the target of that action.

Treating harassment as a back-and-forth between two people simply because it requires that two people be present elides the one-sided nature of these interactions. It elides the responsibility of one person who acts on another to be aware of how that action will impact the person it targets.

Worse, it places some of that responsibility on the person acted upon, the person whose boundaries—stated or reasonably assumed—were violated. It says that either the target of the harassing behavior had an obligation to stop the behavior themselves or that it is reasonable for another person to assume they consented to whatever happened. When we’re talking about code of conduct violations, this means that treating harassment as an interpersonal issue is telling people that it would be reasonable to assume they consented to being the target of racist or sexist remarks, consented to being followed or photographed, consented to being touched—simply by attending your event.

If you’re going to treat these things as reasonable assumptions when it comes time to evaluate a complaint, they shouldn’t be listed as code of conduct violations in the first place. If your intent is to create a space where anything should be expected to happen, a code of conduct is false advertising. Don’t treat someone who relies on your code of conduct as though they’ve done something wrong.

A harassment investigation is not a criminal case

Additionally, a harassment investigation is not a criminal case. You, as event organizers, are not the government of a country, a state, or even a city. When you investigate an allegation of harassment, you are not interfering with anyone’s liberties or rights under the constitution. You are determining who will and who will not attend your event.

This is true however your investigation and decision comes out. If you bend over backward to give the accused the benefit of the doubt and end up allowing a harasser to continue to attend your event, you will lose attendees who feel that harasser has now been given official permission to continue. These people are innocent of violating your rules, but that doesn’t keep them from being excluded by your decision. This is true every bit as much as if you exclude someone who is innocent of harassment on the basis of an unfounded accusation.

So, all that said, how do you go about determining when a harasser can rejoin your community?

Harassment is a health and safety issue, treat it like one

First off, stop asking that particular question. We don’t spend time agonizing over when “that person who set off the fire alarms and caused an evacuation” or “that person who held someone’s head under water in the pool” gets to come back. This is not about the harasser and their needs. Harassment is a health and safety issue, and you’ll get a whole lot further if you treat it like one. [...]

I’m sure there are readers at this point who still don’t understand why harassment short of assault would be considered a health and safety issue if no one was physically injured, so I’ll break it down briefly. The mild forms of harassment are still stressors. They still make their targets outsiders, less than human beings with full agency in the spaces in which the harassment occurs. They require that not just targets, but the entire classes of people who tend to be targeted, make decisions bout how to navigate these spaces in ways that allow them to remain safer.

Even before we get to behaviors that (nearly) everyone agrees constitute sexual violence, even before we talk about the fact that the presence of harassment reasonably makes people question whether they’ll be subject to to violence, sexual harassment not only adds to people’s stress–a health issue in and of itself–but it requires people to spend their limited time and energy to protect themselves. We would not tolerate events held in places that required participants to track down safe water for themselves, whether or not the water at a venue was ultimately safe to drink. We don’t allow fake weapons for cosplay to be carried in a way that may threaten people. We don’t have any better reason than cultural inertia to make a special allowance for sexual or gender-based behavior that is stressful and threatening. That just isn’t what safety means.

Continue reading the original post here, or read part 2 in tomorrow's blog post.

Welcome Mozilla as returning Gold sponsor of AdaCamp!

Mozilla wordmarkWe are thrilled to announce that Mozilla is returning as a Gold-level sponsor of AdaCamps Portland, Berlin, and Bangalore! As summarized in their mission statement, Mozilla is "a global community of technologists, thinkers and builders working together to keep the Internet alive and accessible, so people worldwide can be informed contributors and creators of the Web." Mozilla's projects include the open source Firefox Web browser and Firefox OS, as well as other crucial parts of the infrastructure of the Open Web. You can contribute to Mozilla projects in many ways, including applying for jobs and internships around the world.

Mozilla also supports AdaCamp and our mission by sending many Mozillians passionate about diversity and openness to each AdaCamp. Read a few of the blog posts from Mozilla community members about attending AdaCamp here, here, and here. We thank Mozilla for their long-term support of women in open technology and culture through many avenues!

About AdaCamp

AdaCamp is a conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture: open source software, Wikipedia-related projects, open data, open geo, library technology, fan fiction, remix culture, and more. AdaCamp brings women together to build community, share skills, discuss problems with open tech/culture communities that affect women, and find ways to address them.

In 2014, the Ada Initiative will hold three AdaCamps located in technology hubs on three continents: Portland, Oregon, USA; Berlin, Germany; and Bangalore, India. Applications to AdaCamp Portland are now closed. Applications for AdaCamp Berlin and Bangalore will be open soon.

Sponsorship

Your organization has the opportunity to sponsor AdaCamps in 2014 and reach women leaders in open technology and culture on three continents. Contact us at sponsors@adainitiative.org for more information about becoming a sponsor.


Thank you to the AdaCamp 2014 platinum sponsors Google and Puppet Labs, gold sponsors Automattic, Red Hat, and Mozilla, and silver sponsors New Relic and Simple.

Welcome Automattic, Red Hat and MongoDB as AdaCamp's newest sponsors

The Ada Initiative is pleased to welcome our newest Gold sponsors, Automattic and Red Hat, and Bronze sponsor MongoDB to the sponsors of AdaCamp, our conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture.

Red HatRed Hat is the world's leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to develop reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage, and virtualization technologies. The company has more than 6,300 regular, full-time associates and is hiring both remote and office-based positions around the globe. Red Hat recently created the Women in Open Source Award, which Red Hat EVP and Chief People Officer DeLisa Alexander describes as an effort to "shine a spotlight specifically on women who are making important contributions to open source project(s) or the broader open source community." Red Hat is also the sponsor of the Impostor Syndrome training that will be offered at each AdaCamp in 2014. This is the third year in a row that Red Hat is sponsoring AdaCamp, after AdaCamp San Francisco and AdaCamp DC. We thank them for renewing their support!

Automattic logoAutomattic, the company behind WordPress.com, Akismet, Gravatar, VaultPress, Jetpack, Polldaddy, and more also contribute to nonprofits and open source projects. Automattic is hiring people to work on open source software to "make the web a better place for more than a billion people each month." All of the WordCamp conferences have Ada Initiative-inspired codes of conduct. Automattic is a returning sponsor, having also sponsored AdaCamp San Francisco at the Gold level. We thank them for their generous support.

Red HatMongoDB is an open-source document database, and the leading NoSQL database. The scalability and performance of MongoDB allows for its use across all industries and company sizes. MongoDB is hiring in New York City.

About AdaCamp

AdaCamp is a conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture: open source software, Wikipedia-related projects, open data, open geo, library technology, fan fiction, remix culture, and more. AdaCamp brings women together to build community, share skills, discuss problems with open tech/culture communities that affect women, and find ways to address them.

In 2014, the Ada Initiative will hold three AdaCamps located in technology hubs on three continents: Portland, Oregon, USA; Berlin, Germany; and Bangalore, India. Applications to AdaCamp Portland are now closed. Applications for AdaCamp Berlin and Bangalore will be open soon.

Sponsorship

Your organization has the opportunity to sponsor AdaCamps in 2014 and reach women leaders in open technology and culture on three continents. Contact us at sponsors@adainitiative.org for more information about becoming a sponsor.


Thank you to the AdaCamp 2014 platinum sponsors Google and Puppet Labs, gold sponsors Automattic and Red Hat, and silver sponsors New Relic and Simple.

AdaCamp Portland venue moves to Puppet Labs, our newest Platinum sponsor

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The AdaCamp Portland main track on June 21-22, 2014 has a new venue: the Puppet Labs offices in Portland's Pearl District. Puppet Labs is also the location and host of the Friday night AdaCamp Portland reception. Our previous venue at New Relic's offices is unavailable due to construction delays. Instead, New Relic will host the Ally Skills track of AdaCamp Portland on Monday, June 23, 2014.

Luke Kanies, founder and CEO of Puppet Labs, says, "Puppet Labs is committed to increasing diversity and access for all, throughout the tech community. We're delighted to share our space with an organization whose core mission is to encourage and enable women's involvement in, and contributions to, open source technology and culture."

The change of venue brings Puppet Labs' sponsorship of this year's AdaCamps from the Gold to the Platinum level. Puppet Labs has supported women in IT automation and technology for many years through programs such as ticket scholarships for women to attend PuppetConf, hosting other women in technology events, and being a founding sponsor of the Ada Initiative. Puppet Labs makes open source IT automation software that is familiar to nearly every software administrator and developer working today. Learn more about working at Puppet Labs here.

We thank both Puppet Labs and New Relic for their generous sponsorship of both AdaCamp Portland and previous AdaCamps!

About AdaCamp

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AdaCamp is a conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture: open source software, Wikipedia-related projects, open data, open geo, library technology, fan fiction, remix culture, and more. AdaCamp brings women together to build community, share skills, discuss problems with open tech/culture communities that affect women, and find ways to address them.

In 2014, the Ada Initiative will hold three AdaCamps located in technology hubs on three continents: Portland, Oregon, USA; Berlin, Germany; and Bangalore, India. Applications to AdaCamp Portland are now closed. Applications for AdaCamp Berlin and Bangalore will be open soon.

Sponsorship

Your organization has the opportunity to sponsor AdaCamps in 2014 and reach women leaders in open technology and culture on three continents. Contact us at sponsors@adainitiative.org for more information about becoming a sponsor.


Thank you to the AdaCamp 2014 platinum sponsors Google and Puppet Labs, and silver sponsors New Relic and Simple.

Announcing Google as AdaCamp's first Platinum level sponsor

Google logoThe Ada Initiative is pleased to welcome Google as our first Platinum AdaCamp sponsor ever! Google's sponsorship supports this year's AdaCamps in Portland, Berlin, and Bangalore. In addition to their platinum level sponsorship, Google is also providing $5,000 USD worth of travel scholarships for AdaCamp attendees, which paid for four North American and one international attendee who could not otherwise attend AdaCamp Portland.

AdaCamp is the Ada Initiative's unconference for supporting women in open technology and culture, which includes open source software and open data. Google's contributions to open source software include the Chromium browser and the Chromium OS, to name just a few. Google is, of course, hiring at offices around the world. (If you don't think you are good enough to get a job at Google, take a look at our resources to overcome Impostor Syndrome.)

Google was previously a gold sponsor of AdaCamp San Francisco and a travel sponsor of AdaCamp DC, and a 2011 Ada Initiative sponsor. Google employees are also enthusiastic supporters of the Ada Initiative's mission to support women in open tech/culture—so much so that the Google Employee Gift Matching program is our single largest source of financial support. Thank you Google and Googlers!

About AdaCamp

AdaCamp is a conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture: open source software, Wikipedia-related projects, open data, open geo, library technology, fan fiction, remix culture, and more. AdaCamp brings women together to build community, share skills, discuss problems with open tech/culture communities that affect women, and find ways to address them.

In 2014, the Ada Initiative will hold three AdaCamps located in technology hubs on three continents: Portland, Oregon, USA; Berlin, Germany; and Bangalore, India. Applications to AdaCamp Portland are now closed. Applications for AdaCamp Berlin and Bangalore will be open soon.

Sponsorship

Your organization has the opportunity to sponsor AdaCamps in 2014 and reach women leaders in open technology and culture on three continents. Contact us at sponsors@adainitiative.org for more information about becoming a sponsor.


Thank you to the AdaCamp 2014 platinum sponsor Google, gold sponsor Puppet Labs and silver sponsors New Relic and Simple.

Linux Foundation, Stripe, Gitlab, and OCLC sponsor AdaCamp 2014

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The Ada Initiative is pleased to welcome the Linux Foundation and Stripe as bronze sponsors and the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and GitLab as supporting sponsors of AdaCamps Portland, Berlin, and Bangalore! AdaCamp is our unconference for supporting women in open technology and culture.

The Linux Foundation is the primary non-profit supporting the Linux community, including the Linux kernel, Linux conferences, and the Linux ecosystem overall. The Linux Foundation is a long-term supporter of the Ada Initiative's work to make Linux more welcoming to women. This is the third year in a row that they have supported AdaCamp and we thank them for their renewed support.

Stripe is a leading online payment processor that offers a scalable solution catering to developers. Headquartered in San Francisco, Stripe launched in 2011 and is hiring in offices around the world. "Stripe wholeheartedly believes in supporting women in technology as well as the building of a culture of open technology, so we're very excited to be involved with AdaCamp," said John Collison, president and cofounder of Stripe.

GitLab offers open source software for distributed development using the git source control system, including continuous integration, code reviews, issue tracking, activity feeds and wikis. GitLab offers free unlimited private git repository hosting on GitLab.com.

OCLC is a nonprofit computer library service and research cooperative founded in 1967. OCLC is dedicated to working to "improve access to the information held in libraries around the globe and find ways to reduce costs for libraries through collaboration." Headquartered in Dublin, OH, the OCLC is used by more than 72,000 libraries in 170 countries and territories around the world.

About AdaCamp

AdaCamp is a conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture: open source software, Wikipedia-related projects, open data, open geo, library technology, fan fiction, remix culture, and more. AdaCamp brings women together to build community, share skills, discuss problems with open tech/culture communities that affect women, and find ways to address them.

In 2014, the Ada Initiative will hold three AdaCamps located in technology hubs on three continents: Portland, Oregon, USA; Berlin, Germany; and Bangalore, India. Applications to AdaCamp Portland are now closed. Applications for AdaCamp Berlin and Bangalore will be open soon.

Sponsorship

Your organization has the opportunity to sponsor AdaCamps in 2014 and reach women leaders in open technology and culture on three continents. Contact us at sponsors@adainitiative.org for more information about becoming a sponsor.


Thank you to the AdaCamp 2014 gold sponsor Puppet Labs and silver sponsors New Relic and Simple.

Welcome Puppet Labs, O'Reilly and Python Software Foundation as sponsors of AdaCamp 2014

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The Ada Initiative is pleased to welcome gold sponsor Puppet Labs and supporting sponsors O'Reilly and Python of AdaCamps Portland, Berlin, and Bangalore! AdaCamp is our unconference for supporting women in open technology and culture. All three sponsors are returning after sponsoring AdaCamp San Francisco in 2013 and we thank them for renewing their support.

Puppet Labs was also and one of the original four founding sponsors of the Ada Initiative, all the way back in April 2011. Puppet Labs’ open source IT automation software is familiar to nearly every software administrator and developer working today, and used by companies like AT&T, Twitter, PayPal, and Nestle. Puppet Labs is based in Portland, the location of the first 2014 AdaCamp. Learn more about working at Puppet Labs here.

O'Reilly is the second AdaCamp supporting sponsor. O'Reilly has been chronicling technology since 1978, and spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, research, and conferences.

The Python Software Foundation (PSF) manage the open source licensing for Python version 2.1 and later and own and protect the trademarks associated with Python; run the North American PyCon conference annually, support other Python conferences around the world; and fund Python related development with their grants program. In late 2012, the PSF announced that all PSF-supported events needed to implement an anti-harassment policy, making their community more accessible and safe.

On behalf of women in open technology and culture, we thank Puppet Labs, O'Reilly, and Python for their generous support.

About AdaCamp

AdaCamp is a conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture: open source software, Wikipedia-related projects, open data, open geo, library technology, fan fiction, remix culture, and more. AdaCamp brings women together to build community, share skills, discuss problems with open tech/culture communities that affect women, and find ways to address them.

In 2014, the Ada Initiative will hold three AdaCamps located in technology hubs on three continents: Portland, Oregon, USA; Berlin, Germany; and Bangalore, India. Applications to AdaCamp Portland are now closed. Applications for AdaCamp Berlin and Bangalore will be open soon.

Sponsorship

Your organization has the opportunity to join our growing number of 2014 AdaCamp sponsors and reach women leaders in open technology and culture on three continents. Contact us at sponsors@adainitiative.org for more information about becoming a sponsor.


Thank you to the AdaCamp 2014 gold sponsor Puppet Labs and silver sponsors New Relic and Simple.

"This was an amazing class": What people are saying about the Allies Workshop

CC BY-SA Adam NovakThe Allies Workshop goes beyond standard sexual harassment prevention training – "Here's how to avoid getting sued" – to teach men how to actively create a culture that's supportive of women. What's special about the Ada Initiative's workshop is that it teaches skills you can use both at work and in open tech/culture communities: open source software projects, Wikipedia, and similar areas. And we teach skills anyone can use. You don't have to be Larry Page or Guido Van Rossum to make your company or community better for women.

The Ada Initiative taught 6 Allies Workshops in the last 6 months, and we have 3 more scheduled! We got some great feedback from our post-workshop surveys. The most frequent comment is "I wish the workshop was longer." (It's already 2 hours long!)

Here are some other nice things people have said about the workshop:

"This was an amazing class. Great scenarios, great conversations. I really enjoyed not only the guided discussion, but break out conversations with co-workers were hugely enlightening. I'd love to have more honest and frank conversation along that line with [my colleagues]." – Joseph Bironas

"The most useful thing I got out of the class was the underlying notion of asserting and defending community values when responding to sexism, rather than addressing the responsible individual directly." – Anonymous

A woman explains while a man listens"The women in our group brought up facets of the scenarios I had not considered, and we were able to consider a variety of responses to a variety of situations and discuss their strengths and drawbacks. Very practical and useful. I would highly recommend the workshop to all my thoughtful colleagues in technology leadership." – Marc Alvidrez

"I found the Allies Workshop gave me new tools to support people who may sometimes find it difficult to participate in the workplace. It also helped me to improve my understanding of the issues women and other visible minority communities can face in their daily lives and provided me with a framework for having supportive, honest and open conversations about them." – Peter van Hardenberg

"Can we get more training like that?" – Anonymous

We've taught the Allies Workshop at a variety of tech companies and conferences in the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Raleigh-Durham in the U.S., and in Melbourne, Canberra, and Ballarat in Australia. We plan to teach it in Portland, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Seattle in the upcoming months. Contact us at contact@adainitiative.org to learn more about bringing this workshop to your company or conference.

For large companies who want to offer the workshop to their employees on an on-going basis, we also offer a "train-the-trainers" class on how to teach the workshop, complete with written instructor's guide, example presentation with speaker notes, and video of an example workshop, as well as licensing rights to adapt and reuse the work under the CC BY-SA license. Contact us at contact@adainitiative.org to find out more, including testimonials and references.

New Relic, Simple, Spotify and Pinboard sponsor AdaCamp

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The Ada Initiative is pleased to welcome silver sponsors Simple and New Relic, bronze sponsor Spotify, and supporting sponsor Pinboard as the first sponsors of our 2014 AdaCamps. AdaCamp is a conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture. In 2014, the Ada Initiative will hold three AdaCamps located in technology hubs on three continents: Portland, Oregon, USA; Berlin, Germany; and Bangalore, India.

Simple is a bank that offers all electronic consumer banking services integrated with budgeting and savings tools. The bank, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, was founded in 2009 and partners with Bancorp Bank, an FDIC insured bank, to hold account funds. Simple is hiring in the Portland, Oregon area.

New Relic makes tools that allow developers of web and mobile apps to monitor and analyze the performance of their applications, all the way from user experience, through servers, and down to the line of application code. New Relic's monitoring tools and platform support Ruby, PHP, .Net, Java, Python, iOS, and Android apps. New Relic has offices in Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, California; and Seattle, Washington. See New Relic's list of job openings to learn more.

Spotify makes it easier to discover new music, share music with friends, and follow your favorite artists. Spotify uses Python extensively and hosts PyLadies meetups at their offices. Spotify has engineering offices in New York, San Francisco, and Gothenburg and is hiring.

Pinboard is a bookmarking and personal archiving site ("Social Bookmarking for Introverts" is their tagline). Pinboard's design is about speed and functionality with a focus on personal management and archiving. In addition to bookmarking and archiving your favorite web sites, Pinboard runs one of Twitter's wittiest accounts. Built by Maciej Cegłowski in the summer of 2009, Pinboard had just over 22,000 active users in 2013. Ada Initiative is a happy Pinboard user.

On behalf of women in open technology and culture, we thank Simple, New Relic, and Pinboard for their generous support.

About AdaCamp

AdaCamp is a conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture: open source software, Wikipedia-related projects, open data, open geo, library technology, fan fiction, remix culture, and more. AdaCamp brings women together to build community, share skills, discuss problems with open tech/culture communities that affect women, and find ways to address them.

In 2014, the Ada Initiative will hold three AdaCamps located in technology hubs on three continents: Portland, Oregon, USA; Berlin, Germany; and Bangalore, India. Applications to AdaCamp Portland are now closed. Applications for AdaCamp Berlin and Bangalore will be open soon.

Sponsorship

Your organization has the opportunity to join Simple, New Relic, and Pinboard in sponsoring AdaCamps in 2014 and reach women leaders in open technology and culture on three continents. Contact us at sponsors@adainitiative.org for more information about becoming a sponsor.


Thank you to the AdaCamp 2014 silver sponsors New Relic and Simple.