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Hello to all our DeputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook., WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. organizers, MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. wranglers, and WordPress Community builders! You were probably hard at work this weekend. Tell us what you got accomplished in our #weekly-update!

Have you run into a roadblock with the stuff you’re working on? Head over to #community-events or #community-team in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. and ask for help!

Community Team Meeting Agenda for 2021-12-02

The Community Team bi-weekly meeting is happening today. The meeting is meant for all contributors on the team and everyone who is interested in taking part in some of the things our team does. Feel free to join us, even if you are not currently active in the team!

Asia-Pacific / EMEA friendly meeting: 2021-12-02 12:00
Americas friendly meeting:
2021-12-02 21:00

Below is a preliminary agenda for the meeting. If you wish to add things you’d like bring to into discussion, comment below or reach out to team reps @sippis or @kcristiano. It does not need to be a blog post yet, the topic can be discussed during the meeting nevertheless. We use the same agenda for both meetings.

DeputyDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. / MentorMentor Someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. / Contributor check-ins

What have you been doing and how is it going? What you got accomplished after the last meeting? Are there any blockers? Can other team members help you in some way?

Announcements, Invites, and Workshops

Open floor

Opportunity to bring things into discussions that weren’t on the meeting agenda and if anyone has something they would like to share with the team. If you have a topic in mind before the meeting, please add it into the comments of this post.

Hope to see you on Thursday, either on Asia-Pacific / EMEA or Americas friendly version of the meeting!

#meeting-agenda, #team-meeting

Weekly Updates

Hello to all our DeputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook., WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. organizers, MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. wranglers, and WordPress Community builders! You were probably hard at work this weekend. Tell us what you got accomplished in our #weekly-update!

Have you run into a roadblock with the stuff you’re working on? Head over to #community-events or #community-team in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. and ask for help!

Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on November 24, 2021

Attending: @jillbinder @katiejrichards @heyyearl @onealtr @tantienhime @volkswagenchick @harishanker @wpfangirl @danitto @webcommsat @lmurillom

Start: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1637773337313100

Recent results:

  • An attendee of the Empowering Women Speakers in India workshop in September 2021 spoke for the first time at a WordPress Bengaluru meetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. on Saturday.
  • Another attendee of one of our Diverse Speaker workshops in 2020 has become an avid speaker in 2021 and attributes our workshop as one of the things that helped her get there.
  • The Diverse Speaker channel had 19 past workshop attendees join in October. [I reported 17 in the meeting. Nineteen is the correct number.]
  • Allyship workshop last week: 9 participants from 6 countries. Increase in score coming soon.

Updates from volunteers:

  • @katiejrichards is writing up clear, instructional documentation for marketing for #WPDiversity events
  • @wpfangirl needs to start planning 2022 meetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook., so is going to jump in the #diverse-speaker-support channel and see who is looking for opportunities.

Upcoming workshops:

Translations:

@devinmaeztri is working with our translators to have the Spanish Lat Am and Portuguese BR translations completed by the end of this year.

Volunteer position open for the #diverse-speaker-support channel:

  • Looking for 1-2 volunteers for role.

Open floor:

  • @heyearl made the great suggestion that we share our team’s links and resources with new volunteers so that they can have a go to list of where to follow our activities

End: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1637776993375700

Diverse Speaker workshops (#WPDiversity): November and December 2021

We have workshops for people from underrepresented communities in WordPress in November 2021 and December, 2021. Please join us and please help us spread the word!

If you are a MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. or WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. organizer, please invite your community to either of these events to help you have a larger speaker pool — especially speakers from underrepresented groups.

How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events #WPDiversity

Does the thought of speaking at one of our WordPress MeetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. or WordCamps intrigue you? Do you identify as a person from a marginalized and underrepresented group (in terms of gender, race, class, caste, sexuality, ability, age, etc.) who is thinking about speaking at a WordPress Meetup or WordCamp in the Philippines, India, Indonesia, or other nearby timezone? Do you think you don’t know or have anything worth speaking about?

This workshop is for you!

This interactive watch party workshop will be held in English.

We are holding the same workshop for two areas:

Southeast to Southern Asia

Saturday, November 27, 2021
0700H-0830H UTC / 1500H-1630 GMT+8 / 1230H-1400H IST

Register now

Americas and Europe

Thursday, December 9, 2021
6pm-8pm UTC / 1pm-3pm ET / 10am-12pm PT

Register now

(rescheduled to January 2022 – date TBD)

#wpdiversityworkshops

Organize a State of the Word Watch Party for your WordPress Meetup

State of the Word 2021 is just around the corner! This year, WordPress’ annual keynote address delivered by the project co-founder, Matt Mullenweg, will be live streamed from New York City on December 14, 2021, between 5 pm and 7 pm ET (10 pm and 12 am UTC)

State of the WordState of the Word This is the annual report given by Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress at WordCamp US. It looks at what we’ve done, what we’re doing, and the future of WordPress. https://wordpress.tv/tag/state-of-the-word/. used to be an in person event at WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. US and was limited to attendees at the camp. But due to the pandemic, the event will be streamed online this year. As a result, millions of WordPress fans worldwide have the opportunity to join the event live, interact with each other, and even ask Matt questions directly. 

An online State of the Word also offers an excellent opportunity for MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. organizers to revitalize their meetup groups and spread the buzz by bringing people together for State of the Word.

We encourage Meetup organizers worldwide to (safely) host a State of the Word 2021 watch party for your meetup groups—read this handbook to learn more.

Why should you host a watch party?

Organizing a watch party will be a perfect way to bring your group members together and to build excitement after two difficult pandemic years, especially if your group has not had a chance to meet in a while. In addition, it will be an excellent opportunity to build engagement amongst your community members after a complex year. 

By broadcasting it to your group members, you are encouraging them to stay updated on the latest happenings in the WordPress world. What’s more, your community members also get a chance to interact with WordPress lovers worldwide and ask their questions directly to Matt Mullenweg! 

How can you organize a State of the Word watch party for your meetup group? 

You can choose to host the watch party online or in person (if your region allows in person events and meets the WordPress Community safety guidelines). We have created event templates in Meetup.com that will help you in easily creating a State of the Word watch party event for your group.

If State of the Word is happening at an odd hour in your timezone, you can still organize a watch party by organizing a replay of live stream at a date/time that is convenient for your group.

Online State of the Word Watch Party

The simplest way to organize an online watch party is to schedule an online event for your WordPress Meetup group following these instructions and add the State of the Word YouTube streaming link (available shortly on wordpress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/) directly on your Meetup.com page. For a more interactive event, you can schedule an online event meeting using tools like Zoom and use it to broadcast the State of the Word stream, with the help of screen sharing. Doing so will allow your meetup attendees to interact with each other over video, audio, and chat as they listen to State of the Word. Learn more about how to organize an online State of the Word watch party.

Looking for a Zoom Pro account to host your online watch party? Request a community zoom pro account for your event right away!

In Person State of the Word Watch Party

If your region allows in person events and meets the guidelines for in person WordPress events (if vaccines/testing are freely available), you can organize an in person watch party (for fully vaccinated; recently tested; or recently recovered folks) as well! All you need is a venue that has a large TV screen (that can stream YouTube) or a projector with a decent audio system. 

Group members can hang out together (following local safety guidelines of course) and watch State of the Word live. Learn more about how to organize an in person State of the Word watch party.

If you are organizing an in person watch party, fill out this form so that we can ship you some swag for your meetup group to celebrate!
Deadline: November 30, 2021

Help us promote State of the Word!

Even if you are unable to organize a watch party for State of the Word, help us promote State of the Word by emailing your attendees about the event (if you are a Meetup organizer). Here are some email templates that could be useful!

Join a State of the Word Watch Party near you!

We have compiled a list of State of the Word Watch Parties around the world. If you don’t see a watch party in your region listed here, check this page on Meetup.com to see if your local WordPress group is organizing one. If not, why don’t you consider organizing a watch party on your own? 🙂

What else do you need to know?

We’ve put together a few resources to help you schedule your watch party:

  • Here’s a nifty handbook to help you schedule your online or in person meetup. 
  • Have questions for Matt? Email them to us at: ask-matt@wordcamp.org OR simply ask your question in the livechat during the live stream.

Finally, don’t forget to share on social media about your watch party events using the hashtag #StateOfTheWord

Is your group planning a State of the Word watch party?
Let us know in the comments or simply drop an email to support@wordcamp.org to let us know. We are happy to help you in any way we can, and we cannot wait to see what you come up with on December 14!

The following folks contributed to this post: @anjanavasan @harishanker @eidolonnight and @rmartinezduque

#meetups, #in-person-meetup, #online-meetup, #state-of-the-word, #state-of-the-word-2021

Weekly Updates

Hello to all our DeputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook., WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. organizers, MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. wranglers, and WordPress Community builders! You were probably hard at work this weekend. Tell us what you got accomplished in our #weekly-update!

Have you run into a roadblock with the stuff you’re working on? Head over to #community-events or #community-team in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. and ask for help!

Meetup Organizer Newsletter: November 2021

Hey there, WordPress MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. organizers,

Welcome to the November 2021 edition of our monthly Meetup Organizer newsletter. 

It’s hard to believe we’re almost approaching 2022. But, although we’re nearing the end of the year, we still have some exciting events coming your way. So, keep reading to learn more about the latest updates and resources from the WordPress community for your local MeetUp groups!

Here’s what we covered in this edition:

  • Call for suggestions: 2022 Global Community TeamGlobal Community Team A group of community organizers and contributors who collaborate on local events about WordPress — monthly WordPress meetups and/or annual conferences called WordCamps. Goals
  • WordPress events
  • News from the WordPress community
  • Tuesday Training

💡💭 Share your input on Global Community Team goals for 2022!

Every year, we’ve gathered and narrowed down goals for the Global Community Team. With 2022 around the corner, we’d love to hear your thoughts on what we should focus on next year. 

There’s currently an open call for suggestions—please drop your ideas by December 6, 2021, following which we’ll schedule brainstorming sessions to zoom in on the high-impact goals.


🌍🎪 What’s happening with WordPress events?

Socializing post-pandemic might involve a learning curve, but we’re glad to see some in-person WordCamps scheduled for 2022, and we hope to see you all organize many more! 

Many of you may be looking forward to finally meeting face to face again. Still, we strongly encourage you to practice caution and follow these safety guidelines as you plan/attend your WordPress Meetup events. Moreover, the Community Team has shared how to host hassle-free WordCamps in person and protect yourself legally.

With that in mind, let’s move on to the fun stuff. 

WordCamps on the horizon

Past WordCamps

🇪🇸 WordCamp Spain 2021 and 🇮🇹 WordCamp Italia 2021 took place recently, and they were both fantastic!
Spain kicked things up a notch with an excellent late-night show, which was a highlight of the event. Italy also had a successful event with multiple platinum, gold, and supporter sponsors, 23 speakers, and 12 organizations.

🗣️ Diverse speaker training

#WPDiversity sessions continue into November 2021, with workshops for underrepresented communities and WordPress organizers—we’d love for you to join!

  • Allyship for WordPress event organizers AMER/EMEA, a two-hour interactive watch party where you can learn to create diverse, welcoming WordPress events for your community. This training session will be held on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.
  • How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events Southeast to Southern Asia,” a watch party aimed to help those from marginalized and underrepresented groups speak at a meetup or WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. in South Asian countries like the Philippines, India, and Indonesia, among others. This session will take place on Saturday, November 27, 2021.

📚 Join the Learn WordPress initiative

We wanted to remind you about the Learn WordPress initiative, where meetup organizers can use content from the learning repository of learn.wordpress.org to lead a social learning space. New workshops, lesson plans, and courses are added to Learn WordPress frequently, so keep an eye out on the platform to stay updated on the latest content.

View the full list of Learn WordPress workshops, and check out the upcoming WordPress social learning MeetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook.:

Wait, there’s more! Do you love WordPress? Host a social learning space and share your passion for WordPress with like-minded folks!


🗞 News from the WordPress Community

  • WordPress 5.8.2 is now available. This security and maintenance release features two bug fixes, and one security fix. 
  • Go/no-go for WordPress 5.9 features was announced in mid-October. All the proposed features will likely make it into the release. 
  • Gutenberg 11.8 was released as well.
  • The 2021 WordPress Annual Survey is live! Please take a few moments to respond, so your WordPress experience is reflected in the results.
  • Many teams, such as  Core, Community, Themes, Accessibility, Support, Training, and Hosting, opened their call for team representatives last month, and more are coming soon. Please submit your votes for Community Team reps!
  • The Community Team is close to finalizing the Global Sponsorship Program for 2022, which will be announced shortly.
  • Version 18.5 of WordPress for iOS and Android is available for testing.
  • The AccessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) Team would like feedback on a new GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ Pull request that announces formatting changes or screen readers.

Check out the latest episode of the WP Briefing podcast with Executive Director Josepha Haden on the “Economics of WordPress.”


🛠 Tuesday Training

As you know, Tuesday Training is where the Community Team covers different topics in-depth to support organizers and interested community members. 

We’ve had two sessions since the last newsletter: 

Would you like to suggest future topics, or are there any questions you’d like answered? Let us know at support@wordcamp.org with the subject line “Tuesday Trainings”! Please note that Tuesday Training sessions will be paused until 2022.

And that’s a wrap!

If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. are here to help. Please email us at support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow the WordPress community—let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions!

See you online soon!

#meetup-organizer-newsletter

#newsletter


The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @anjanavasan, @rmartinezduque, @eidolonnight, and @harishanker.

#meetup-organizer-newsletter, #newsletter

Weekly Updates

Hello to all our DeputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook., WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. organizers, MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. wranglers, and WordPress Community builders! You were probably hard at work this weekend. Tell us what you got accomplished in our #weekly-update!

Have you run into a roadblock with the stuff you’re working on? Head over to #community-events or #community-team in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. and ask for help!

Reports: Allyship and Diverse Speaker Workshops September and October 2021

In September and October 2021, #WPDiversity held:

  • a special train the trainers workshop for empowering WordPress women speakers in India
  • the first two support SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. chats for the new Allyship program
  • a Diverse Speaker workshop for India

And we invited past workshop participants to join the new #diverse-speaker-support channel.

Train the Trainers

Empower Women Speakers For your WordPress Events in India, September 24 & 25, 2021

By special request, a training for empowering WordPress women in India.

Facilitator: @jillbinder

  • Number who attended: 9
  • From number of cities: 7
  • From number of countries: 2 (Indonesia and India)

Testimonials

“I have attended many workshops, but I must say that this workshop was especially useful for me. I want to involve more women in the community and inspire them to speak at our events. Thank you so much for facilitating this workshop. I’m glad I could attend this and I definitely learned a lot.”

– Pooja Derashri, Contributor to WordPress Training, Polyglots, and TV Team, Ajmer, India

“This workshop was more than just empowering because now we are equipped with tools we can start using right away. We also got an immediate support system of people we can go to for consultation and brainstorming. It really helps to know that we are not alone, that there are people in different parts of the world doing the same thing.”

– Devin Maeztri, Contributor to WordPress Community and Polyglots, Jarkarta, Indonesia

“It’s really great to learn how to improve diversity for our conferences and MeetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook..”

– Aris Setiawan, Web Developer, Indonesia

Allyship Program

In our new 3-month Allyship program, we hold support chats in the WordPress Slack #community-events channel in months 2 and 3:

Allyship for WordPress event organizers AMER/EMEA coaching and accountability Slack chat, September 16, 2021

Facilitators: @alliennimmons @jillbinder

  • Number who attended: 10
  • From number of cities: 9
  • From number of countries: 5 (Philippines, UK, South Africa, Canada, and USA)

Allyship for WordPress event organizers AMER/EMEA accountability, October 28, 2021

Facilitator: @jillbinder

  • Number who attended: 7
  • From number of cities: 7
  • From number of countries: 4 (Canada, USA, Nigeria, and South Africa)

Diverse Speaker Workshop

How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events India, September 18, 2021

Facilitator: @onealtr

  • Number who attended: 3
  • From number of cities: 2
  • From number of countries: 2 (India and USA)
  • Increase in public speaking confidence after taking this workshop: 25%

Testimonial

“I have done a lot of public speaking before, but not about tech. I have many ideas of what I could talk about, and this workshop helped me zero in on the kinds of subjects I would like to talk about at WordCamps or Meetups. I’m looking forward to getting more tips from the other parts of the workshop series on Learn WordPress!”

Duane, California

“The workshop is good. It’s great to think of a specific topic to speak about — one that is targeted to your audience!”

– Rahul Sarker, MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. and WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Organizer Kolkata

diverse-speaker-support channel

We have set up a brand-new Slack channel in the Make WordPress Slack for:

  • networking
  • workshopping talks with each other and with mentorsMentor Someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues.
  • finding out about WordPress speaking opportunities from WordPress Meetups and WordCamps

We started sending out invitations to past workshop attendees in mid October.

Number of past #WPDiversity Workshop participants who joined in October: 17

Thank you

A lot of people contribute to making these workshops successful. Thank you to each and every one!

Upcoming: November 2021

Love this? Come attend a workshop!

Allyship for WP Event Organizers AMER/EMEA
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
6pm-8pm UTC

How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events Southeast to Southern Asia 
November 27, 2021
7am-8:30am UTC

How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events AMER/EMEA
To be held during first two weeks of December.
Date announced here soon: https://make.wordpress.org/community/tag/wpdiversityworkshops/

#diversespeakerworkshopsreports