Participants in the Allies Workshop will learn:
- Brief, effective responses to sexism and discrimination
- What responses don't work or have a negative effect
- How to choose their battles wisely
The format of the workshop is a short introduction on the basics of when and how to respond to sexism positively, followed by group discussion of several example scenarios. Attendees break up into small groups to discuss each scenario for several minutes, then report out their conclusions to the whole group. People get so involved in the discussion that stopping them for the report-out is often the most difficult part of the workshop.
"The workshop helped identify situations which "really" happen. In my (sheltered) world I often don't see the kind of behaviour that was illustrated and it was interesting to be able to discuss the situations with the people present. I notice it has made me a little more alert to that kind of situation in my own environment." – Jan-Bart de Vreede
"The Ada Initiative's training on gender in technology was a great opportunity for me, as a woman, to openly discuss the issues that exist within our communities. In the training, folks of all genders were able to come together and talk through ways that we can create a more inclusive work environment. I truly hope that all organizations host this training – your teams will be stronger from it." – Renee Bracey Sherman
"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 participant
Previous Allies Workshops
The Ada Initiative has taught the Allies Workshop multiple times over several years, including:
- September 2013 at the Make, Hack, Void hackerspace
- June 2013 during the AdaCamp San Francisco allies track
- February 2013 for the Wikimedia Foundation
- January 2013 at Everyone Hacks San Francisco
- February 2012 at Linaro Connect 2012
- January 2012 at the Haecksen miniconf at linux.conf.au 2012
- June 2011 at Open Source Bridge 2011
- January 2011 at the Haecksen miniconf at linux.conf.au 2011
Watch the Allies Workshop video
We recorded an Allies Workshop, taught at the Wikimedia Foundation. For privacy, the participants' comments are edited out. A full transcript is available, provided by Mirabai Knight of StenoKnight CART Services.
How much does the Allies Workshop cost?
The Allies Workshop is available both for a fee and for free under circumstances. 100% of Allies Workshop fees fund the Ada Initiative's work supporting women in open technology and culture. Fees vary based on the number of people attending, the organization's financial need, and travel costs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a free quote.
We teach Allies Workshops for no fee if at least half the workshop spaces are given to non-profit employees and open tech/culture volunteers and the facilitator's travel costs are paid. No travel costs are necessary in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sydney, Australia.
Contact email@example.com to schedule an Allies Workshop.
What do you mean by "allies"?
Allies are people who are not themselves part of a particular group, but support people in that group. Allies are a crucial part of supporting women in open technology and culture. While this workshop is designed specially for allies, people of all genders are welcome to attend. The most successful workshops have about 50% male attendees.
How long is the Allies Workshop?
The Allies Workshop starts at 1 hour in length. Most participants prefer 2 hours, with a 15 minute break.
How many people can attend an Allies Workshop?
The workshop works best with 20 – 40 participants.