Community Team Rep Nominations for 2023

A lot of time has gone by – we’re in November now! That means the community team representative for 2022 @megabyterose  and myself @samsuresh will soon be leaving the post, and we need to find an amazing new representative to take charge for 2023.

Team RepTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. Role

In the WordPress open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project, each team has one or two (or more!) representatives, abbreviated as “reps”. On the Community team, we have historically had two reps who are asked to commit to the role for a full calendar year.

Team reps are responsible for communicating on behalf of the group to the other contributor groups via weekly updates, as well as occasional chats. 

As a reminder, it is not called “team lead” for a reason. While the people elected as team reps will generally come from the pool of folks that people think of as experienced leaders, the team rep role is designed to change hands regularly.

This role does have a time commitment attached to it, at least one hour a week. The main tasks include:

  • Writing the agenda for the Community Team meetings
  • Run the chat
  • Write the recap and post it in
  • Keep an eye on the moving parts of the team and provide reports for quarterly updates.

Over the year, the team can decide to add one or two people to help, depending on how much work there is. For now, let’s get us two new reps!

How Community Team Rep elections work

Following our election process last year, the Community team is planning on these key steps: 

Nominations

Anyone can nominate a Community team rep! Self-nominations are welcome too. To nominate someone or yourself, please comment in this post. If you would like to nominate someone in private, please reach out to @samsuresh , @megabyterose or @_dorsvenabili.

Nomination Open: 10 November 2022

Nomination Closes: 23 November 2022

We will only add people who respond positively to a nomination to the poll, so feel free to decline a nomination if you don’t feel like this is the right fit for any reason.

Voting

As soon as nominations are closed, we will open voting by a new blog post. Community members can vote to select new Community Team Reps. 

Voting Open: 30 November 2022

Voting Closes: 16 December 2022

Results

We will then be able to announce our new team reps before the end of 2022! 

Nominate now

Please nominate people for Community team rep in the comments of this post or via private message by 23 Nov 2022.

Finally, if you have any questions, please also feel free to ask in the comments.

#team-reps

WordCamp Mentors’ November check-in!

Hello 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.!
If you are currently mentoring a 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., please share how the team is doing and any other insights, interesting ideas, or innovations that they’re planning.

Leave a comment on this post and share your update. Thanks! 😀

#mentors, #wordcamp

Community Team Meeting Agenda for Nov 3, 2022

The Community Team chat takes place on the first Thursday of every month. This regular 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! 🤝 We’re always happy to have new folks join!

This meeting will be held in the #community-events channel in the Making WordPress 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/. at the following times:

Americas friendly meeting: Thursday, Nov 3, 2022 at 05:00 PM EDT

Both meeting times use the same agenda.

You will find a preliminary agenda for the meeting below. If there’s anything you’d like to discuss, please comment on this post or reach out to one of the team reps: @megabyterose or @samsuresh. It does not need to have a corresponding blog post to be discussed in this meeting!

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. Check-Ins

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

✨ Highlights

Update: Global Meetup Reactivation Project

Deputy Training #4: WordCamp Process Flow Recap

📌 Posts

Upcoming #WPDiversity Events: October 2022

Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) AMER/EMEA on October 12, 2022

Report: Diverse Speaker Workshop September 2022

Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) AMER/EMEA on October 26, 2022

📣 Announcements/Newsletters

Meetup Organizer Newsletter: October 2022

🗣️ Open Floor

Here is your chance to bring things into discussions that weren’t on the meeting agenda. You can also use this opportunity to share anything that you want with the team. If you have a topic in mind before the meeting, please add it to the comments of this post, we will update the agenda accordingly.

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

#meeting-agenda, #team-chat, #team-meeting

Update: Global Meetup Reactivation Project

The 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. Reactivation Project is well underway. Read on for an update!

Since last update post:
+7 new Meetup groups have joined the WordPress meetup chapter program
+12 dormant 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. have been reactivated
+2 dormant Meetup groups have been removed from the chapter program
+1 new Supporter joined the project

Is your meetup currently active? Tell the world by posting a photo on social media with the hashtag #WordPressMeetup

Background

Why meetup reactivation?

Many WordPress Meetups around the world have been dormant due to the COVID-19 pandemic and organizer burnout. Yet thriving Meetups are crucial for the health of the global WordPress community!

How does meetup reactivation work?

In July, the 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. published a Call for Supporters and launched the Meetup Reactivation Project. Since then, Meetup Reactivation Supporters started directly reaching out to the organizers of every dormant WordPress meetup to:

  • Check on the status of the meetup
  • Encourage reactivation
  • Ask how we can best support the organizers
  • Identify whether new organizers are needed

We define a dormant meetup as one that has not held an event in the past six months (virtual or in-person). There were more than 400 dormant WordPress meetups at the launch of this project — which means there is significant opportunity to reactivate our global community!

The numbers (so far)!

There are currently 771 WordPress chapter Meetups in 113 countries, with 498,669 members. Yet at the start of the reactivation project, we identified that 416 of these groups were dormant.

The project currently has 40 meetup reactivation supporters globally. These amazing volunteers are reaching out directly to the organizers of each dormant meetup group. 

As a result of their efforts:

  • 129 Meetup groups have reactivated or plan to reactivate in 2022 (🎉)!
  • 16 dormant Meetups were removed from the WordPress meetup chapter program, because the previous organizers were not available to reactivate the group and no member came forward to serve as organizer.

Next Steps

In the months ahead, Supporters will continue to reach out to organizers of dormant groups, share resources to help them reactivate, and help find new organizers when needed. We will continue to share updates here on the Community Team blog.

Thank you to our wonderful meetup reactivation supporters, the hundreds of meetup organizers who are reactivating their groups, and the energetic new organizers who have come forward to lead meetups!

Want to reactivate your local meetup group or form a new meetup?

Contact the Community Team at support@wordcamp.org. We’re here to help!

Need help to reengage your community, or assistance in finding new ideas for your Meetup events?

Reach out to the Meetup Support team at meetup-support@wordcamp.org!

Relevant posts:

#meetups, #outreach, #reactivation

#meetups, #community-management, #community-team

Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) AMER/EMEA on October 26, 2022

Attending: @jillbinder, @juliarosia, @katiejrichards, @onealtr, @santanainniss, @sc0ttkclark, @volkswagenchick

Facilitator: @jillbinder

Start: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1666803625892969

Summary

1 Attendance and check-ins (everyone)
2 First time here
3 Comments, questions, ideas (anyone)
4 Marketing (@santanainniss)

  • @santanainniss shared the good results from marketing the Inclusion workshop and impact quotes.

Workshops (Speaker and Inclusion) (@jillbinder)

  • Reported great results from India Women Speakers workshop
  • Reported results from Inclusion workshop in October and asked for feedback
  • Upcoming workshops:
    • October 29, 2022 @ 10am–6pm CST: Women Speakers in Latin America
    • November 17, 2022 @ 10am-11am Pacific: “Organizing Diverse & Inclusive Events” Follow-up 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/. chat
    • Wednesday, December 7 @ 10am-12pm Pacific: Our next Diverse Speaker workshop
  • Looking for folks who would like to start learning to facilitate these workshops. 

APAC WPDiversity Network Building (@onealtr)

  • Upcoming WordCamps in Asia
  • 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. Asia has just announced the Diversity Scholarship and a Call for Contributor Stories for WCAsia https://asia.wordcamp.org/2023/call-for-contributors-stories

Diverse Speaker Support channel (@kcrockett@juliarosia, @jillbinder)

  • @jillbinder is starting up a new way of inviting speaker workshop participants to the #diverse-speaker-support channel: required with registration unless someone has a good reason not toyou have a good reason not to
  • First experiments were “not required but encouraged” — 50% of India workshop participants joined. The rest did not have a Slack account.
  • @juliarosia asked about the upcoming Latin America workshop, and how the Spanish-speaking participants will engage with the channel. We talked about a few ideas.

8 Upcoming events page (@jillbinder)

9 Daylight savings — changing the meeting time in November (@jillbinder)

  • Starting on November 6th, 2022 and going until March 13, 2023, when daylight savings time ends, we are going to move our meeting to 6pm UTC.

10 Other Updates + Next meeting facilitator (anyone)

End: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1666807257569809

#wpdiversity

Deputy Training #4: WordCamp Process Flow Recap

Recording:

Slide:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1az65Nz6gyprFzQ5q64PLr5Gq7H7nyFkMeP48zZ-WI4M/edit#slide=id.g177c4583f8c_0_0

Photo:

Meetup Organizer Newsletter: October 2022

Hello, organizers!

October has been another terrific month for WordPress events – we are seeing continued interest in hosting 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. and WordCamps worldwide.

In this edition of the newsletter, we are excited to share updates on the 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. Reactivation Project and the Community Team’s effort to improve tools & documentation to help contributors!

Around WordPress

WordPress 6.1: On November 1, 2022, WordPress 6.1 will be released. Be sure to check out the RCRelease Candidate A beta version of software with the potential to be a final product, which is ready to release unless significant bugs emerge. version and Twenty Twenty-Three (TT3) with your community! The latest episode of the WP Briefing podcast peeks at the new version with Nick Diego, this release’s Editor Triage Lead.

Gutenberg 14.3 became available on October 12, 2022, with improvements in text blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. navigation and drag-and-drop functionality for images, among other updates.

The Hosting and Documentation Teams are collaborating on creating a new WordPress Advanced Administration Handbook.

The first online Contributor Day focused on documentation took place on October 25, 2022.

The Asia-Pacific #WPDiversity Network Building effort celebrated its 10th meeting. If you are based in the APAC region and interested in #WPDiversity, we invite you to get involved!

Don’t miss the latest news from The Month in WordPress – September edition.

Upcoming Events

Meetup Reactivation Project Updates

Since the launch of the Meetup Reactivation Project in July, 39 meetup reactivation supporters globally have been busy reaching out to more than 400 dormant groups to offer support. As of September 29, 2022:

  • 117 meetup groups have reactivated or plan to reactivate in 2022 (🎉)!
  • Removed 14 dormant meetups from the chapter program due to no longer having any members who can serve as an organizer.

We can’t be happier that more than 30% of the dormant meetup groups are now active again! If you are interested in learning about this ongoing project, you can read the full post here.

Do you need help reactivating your Meetup? Send an email to meetup-support@wordcamp.org with your Meetup link and share the challenges you are facing, and a Meetup Reactivation Supporter will get back to you to provide help.

Help Improve 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. Tool & Contributor Onboarding

As we encourage more new event organizers to get involved, it’s essential to make sure we have clear and easy processes for everyone. Right now, we have a few posts that can use your input!


Thanks for everything you do to grow and support the WordPress community — let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions! 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.

See you online soon!

The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup Newsletter: @mysweetcate @_dorsvenabili @nao @evarlese @bjmcsherry @jillbinder

#community-team, #meetup-organizer-newsletter, #newsletter

Community Deputy Training #4: WordCamp Process Flow

As part of WordPress Deputy / Organiser training series, we are excited to invite all 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. organisers, 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., and 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. to attend our upcoming Zoom Training Session scheduled as follows:

TitleWordCamp Process Flow
Date27 October 2022 (Thursday)
Time2022/10/27 12:00 UTC (1 Hour)
TargetWordCamp organisers, mentors, and deputies
LocationZoom Video Conference
RSVPhttps://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvdO2hrTgvHtUAkWdsMhfiykG7aZQtz8KD

Understanding the WordCamp Process Flow

As we welcomed several new deputies since the beginning of 2022, some of them started noticing vague or outdated steps in the WordCamp application phases. To smoothly onboard new organizers and deputies, it’s worth taking our time to clarify the current phases.

This training will focus on WordCamp Process flow in general from the start of the WordCamp application until the end of the event.

Please take a moment to review this post before attending this training: Deputy Feedback Wanted: Streamlining WordCamp Phases. If you are a 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., it’ll be helpful if you also review the deputy’s process for the WordCamp program.

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.: Naoko Takano

Nao is a localization project manager at Automattic. She has been involved in the Japanese WordPress community to help around translation, documentation, WordCamps & 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..

RSVP

Please RSVP using the link above, so you will receive an invitation in your email that will include the Zoom link. If you have any questions, feel free to email support@wordcamp.org.

Report: Diverse Speaker Workshop September 2022

In September 2022, the #WPDiversity group held a speaker training workshop to empower WordPress women in India across two days.

September 2022

Diverse Speakers Program

Speaker Workshop For Indian Women in the WordPress Community, September 24 and 25, 2022

Facilitator: @jillbinder

  • Number who attended or who watched the recording after: 24
  • From number of cities: 13
  • From number of countries: 2 India, United States

Average self-reported increase in preparedness to help create more inclusive WordPress event after taking the workshop: 137.5%

Testimonials

“The workshop is a great first step in making an amorphous desire to speak at an event more concrete. The environment is inclusive and the exercises help refine thought process together, which is hard to do on your own and without feedback.” – Karishma Sundaram, Content Strategist

“This is a wonderful opportunity to learn. Even if you may be confident in Public speaking, you can still attend. It helps in understanding different possibilities where we can speak, How to narrow down a topic. This covers How to pitch, Do’s & Don’t during Public speaking. Overall it’s good to learn & thank you organizers for supporting this & Jill for conducting it and involving all participants.” – Akshaya Rane, Software Developer, Thane, India

diverse-speaker-support channel

We have a 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 (#diverse-speaker-support) in the Make WordPress Slack for:

  • 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 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. and WordCamps
  • getting to know other WordPress speakers and organizers

Wins this month: 7

  • Flagship WordCamps:
    • 1 spoke at WCUSWCUS WordCamp US. The US flagship WordCamp event.
    • 2 sent in speaker applications to WC Asia
  • 2 spoke at 3 other events
  • 1 got speaker mentorship

Testimonial

“I truly appreciate the existence of the Diverse Speaker group. Definitely wouldn’t have done a successful talk without it. I guess I can’t say that I suck at public speaking anymore!” – Ebonie Butler, Senior Software Engineer, Philadelphia USA

Thank you

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

Upcoming Workshops

October 29, 2022 @ 10am-6pm CST: WordPress #WPDiversity Speaker Workshop for Women Voices in Latin America 

New! The list of upcoming #WPDiversity events is posted on the Diverse Speaker Group (#WPDiversity) page in the Community handbook. Please check there for upcoming events.

#diversespeakerworkshopsreports

Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) AMER/EMEA on October 12, 2022

Attending: @jillbinder, @juliarosia, @katiejrichards, @kcrockett, @leogopal, @onealtr, @santanainniss, @sc0ttkclark, @sippis, @volkswagenchick

Facilitator: @juliarosia

Start: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1664384439597139

Summary

1 Attendance and check-ins (everyone)
2 First time here
3 Comments, questions, ideas (anyone)

  • We talked about where to put an “Upcoming Events” box on our handbook page

4 Workshops – Inclusion (@jillbinder)

5 Follow-up 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/. chat – Inclusion (@jillbinder)

  • We are going to have a follow-up Slack chat to this workshop on Thursday, November 17th. Trying a different format: “bring successes, challenges, questions.”
  • Talked about who should be invited to the Slack chats. Experiment: most recent workshop participants + past slack chat participants.
  • @katiejrichards suggested we reach out to workshop participants to help them with their journey beyond our Slack chat reminders

6 Workshops – Speaker (@jillbinder)

7 APAC WPDiversity Network Building (@onealtr)

  • @onealtr shared upcoming WP Asia events
  • We talked about upcoming date and time changes for APAC meetings

Diverse Speaker Support channel (@kcrockett@juliarosia, @jillbinder)

We discussed the automated introduction message when people join the channel

9 Marketing (@santanainniss)

  • We discussed:
    • Posts promoting the benefits of WP Diversity (e.g. xyz % of people felt more prepared to speak after the training)
    • Share statements like: how do we define diversity? Elements from the trainings etc.

10 Daylight savings — changing the meeting time in November (@jillbinder)

  • Starting on November 6th, 2022 and going until March 13, 2023, when daylight savings time ends, we are going to move our meeting to 6pm UTC.
  • We discussed how to write this on the Make WordPress Community sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme..

11 Other Updates + Next meeting facilitator (anyone)

  • @jillbinder is starting to work on a (working title) “So you wanna run a Speaker workshop?” page for the Community Handbook.

End: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1664387534721449

#wpdiversity