Hi WordPress Community!
This year, the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) had to adapt the way we work given the changing landscape.
Prior to 2020, we were teaching meetups 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. how to run our workshop for their communities themselves. In the past two years, we’ve trained over 50 meetup 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 run the workshop, and those that ran it saw a major increase in the diversity of their WordCamp 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. speaker lineup.
Given the events of 2020, we started delivering portions of the workshop to the community directly ourselves, online. We also ran a handful of meetup training sessions to meetups who reached out to us, and some of those groups ran the workshop. We’ll provide a full report of our results later this year, but so far we have reached 236 participants across 87 meetups around the world!
Now, we are taking a 20,000 foot view to re-imagine the work we are doing again, and invite your input.
Given the world changes this year, and ongoing changes in 2021:
- What would be the most impactful way to help organizers get more diversity in WordPress speaker lineups? (not just gender, but also race, class, sexuality, ability, age, etc.)
- What new barriers do you see coming out of 2020 that are likely to be factors in 2021?
We are looking for your ideas by December 18th. Please reply to this post with any thoughts.
Thank you @angelasjin and @andreamiddleton for helping with this post.