Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on January 13, 2020 & Input Requested

Attending: @jillbinder @angelasjin @cguntur @rahuldsarker @wpfangirl @tantienhime @oneal

Start: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1610557183412500

We talked about the [Input Requested] Re-imagining the work of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) post.

Pain points that I heard behind the suggestions on the post:

  1. We need to be training the event organizers on why this matters and how to be welcoming to diversity and diverse speakers
  2. Organizers don’t have the time to put into it or don’t feel confident to be running the workshop

Things we talked about today on these pain points:

  • People have even less time and energy in 2020 / start of 2021 to focus on learning how to run this workshop and find the time to actually run it. Most of us are volunteers, so our time and energy is very limited, so most of that goes into just running the meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. itself. 
  • Also, it takes some extra effort to run the workshop because there are some extra questions we might have to answer compared to normal meetup presentations.
  • It takes more conscious effort to ensure that the presenters are a better representation of the diversity within and outside it, and the time/energy is a factor here too
  • In the US, it’s the members of the underrepresented groups that are most exhausted and most overwhelmed.
  • We need to reach the local organizers and get them on-boarded. The right communication and marketing can help.
  • The situation in the Indian subcontinent is tricky. They need to develop and train more speakers there. Both in English & in the regional language. They have lots of talented people but they are shy or not confident enough to apply or speak.
  • People are still feeling hopeful & positive about this work.

Strategies we talked about:

  • Now that the workshop is up on Learn WordPress, organizers could gather the group together and press Play.
    • The value of watching in a group rather than just watching on our own time is a) actually doing it!, and b) doing the exercises together. There is a huge value to doing them in a group rather than solo.
    • Maybe explain to people what is contained in the 4 parts, so they can choose which part to Play, individually or, if there’s time, doing multiple or all.
    • If people have more questions that the organizer can’t answer, they can come to a Discussion group, that is being run pretty regularly through the Community Team’s initiative
  • Making it easier to help organizers run the workshop live themselves:
    • Get our Train the Trainers going again. (With the better training materials that are now online, thank you Training team!, and with the new Training videos that just need a bit more work and then they’re ready)
    • An FAQ on commonly asked questions
    • An FAQ “Be a good ally” or “Handling Tricky Situations in the workshop”
    • Having ways for organizers to take the workshop themselves so that they understand better what they are teaching… Either through watching the video on Learn WordPress or live workshops.
    • Now that people can travel anywhere, maybe having meetup organizers from different places co-facilitate. Like, for example, Toronto and Vancouver co-facilitate each others’ workshops.
  • Try to gather every group that we know of who are running events this year, and have us run a workshop for everyone…. removing all work for organizers (other than inviting their local communities).
  • Put the “Creating a Welcoming and Diverse Space” on Learn WordPress, and start up Discussion groups about it
  • Encourage people to read our diversity material in the handbook

Another issue outside of the scope of this group that was raised:

  • Have better structures for meetup organizers to talk to each other, in general (not specifically about this work). More structure than just the community office hours and the meetup organizer newsletter. Maybe something like a quarterly or even annual meeting for organizers to talk about stuff and check in. Could be a brainstorming + social event for WP meetup organizers

End: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1610560900480400

We are interested in hearing more feedback and ideas on any of this. Please comment on this post or PM @jillbinder on 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/..

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Community Team Chat Agenda | January 7, 2021

Hello Team!

Our bi-monthly Community Team chat is happening this Thursday, 07 January 2021. Meeting times are detailed below. We use the same agenda for both meetings in order to include all time zones.

Asia-Pacific / EMEA friendly: Thursday, January 7, 2021, 11:00 UTC

Americas friendly: Thursday, January 7, 2021, 20:00 UTC

Deputy/Mentor check-in

What have you been doing and how is it going?

P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at https://make.wordpress.org/. posts needing review/feedback

  • Global Sponsorship Update – Courtney P.K. – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/12/18/global-sponsorship-update/
  • Recap of Contributor Working Group on Dec. 16, 2020 – Christina Workman – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/12/20/recap-of-contributor-working-group-on-dec-16-2020/
  • Diverse Speaker Training Group (#wpdiversity) 2020 Year-End Report – Jillbinder – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/12/21/diverse-speaker-training-group-wpdiversity-2020-year-end-report/
  • Tuesday Trainings: Diverse Speaker Training Workshop Part 4 – Cami Kaos – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/12/22/tuesday-trainings-diverse-speaker-training-workshop-part-4/
  • Contributor Working Group Agenda | January 6 2021 – Christina Workman – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2021/01/05/contributor-working-group-agenda-january-6-2021/

Highlighted P2 posts

  • https://make.wordpress.org/community/2021/01/04/community-team-goals-2021-open-discussion-sessions/ – Angela
  • https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/12/01/program-wide-payment-and-contract-intermission-december-19-2020-january-3-2021/ – Cami
  • Community Team Reps for 2021 announced – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2021/01/07/community-team-reps-for-2021/ – Mary

Please add any additional items to this agenda by commenting on this post as needed.

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Diverse Speaker Training Group (#wpdiversity) 2020 Year-End Report

Hello everyone! Every year we calculate our results accomplished since the previous 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/.. Here is October 2019 to November 2020:

In late 2019 and early 2020, the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) was operating as usual. In the Spring of 2020, we shifted our strategy online.

We produced a series of workshops, “train the trainer” sessions, and discussion groups that helped 242 participants from marginalized and underrepresented groups, across 87 cities in 26 countries, to be speakers at online WordPress events.

People from marginalized and underrepresented groups face extra challenges in getting on stage, but after spending at least one hour in the workshops, they reported a 20% increase in public speaking confidence!

We held the following events:

  • 8 three-part workshops between April and November 2020
  • 8 Group coaching / practise sessions between April and November 2020
  • 5 Discussion groups between October and November 2020
  • 11 Train the trainer sessions for Meetups between October 2019 and November 2020
  • 7 Meetups held workshops themselves between October 2019 to November 2020

This year, we reached  these countries:

  1. Australia
  2. Buenos Aires
  3. Bulgaria
  4. Canada
  5. Colombia
  6. Costa Rica
  7. El Salvador
  8. Greece
  9. India
  10. Indonesia
  11. Italy
  12. Japan
  13. Kenya
  14. Mexico
  15. Netherlands
  16. Nicaragua
  17. Nigeria
  18. Panama
  19. Peru
  20. Philippines
  21. Serbia
  22. Spain
  23. Thailand
  24. Ukraine
  25. United Kingdom
  26. United States

We had 7 meetups or WordCamps in 5 countries run the workshop themselves for their communities between October 2019 and November 2020:

  1. Canada, Calgary
  2. India, Ahmedabad
  3. Japan, 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. Ogijima
  4. Netherlands, Leiden
  5. United States, Houston
  6. United States, Minneapolis
  7. United States, Oakland

Congratulations to the groups who did this during a difficult year for event organizers.

Did we miss any? We look through all of the meetups events that were run in this period to confirm the ones that are self-reported to us and to look for more, so it is quite possible that we are missing some!.

 We definitely want to count everybody, so tell us: Who did we miss? Please comment on this post to tell us!

Testimonials

“Before taking the workshops, I didn’t have the confidence for public speaking. Thanks to these sessions, I can relax, gather my thoughts, and proceed with my presentation. I would recommend this workshop to people of color in the WordPress ecosystem. You belong here; it’s a no-judgment zone where you can find your authentic voice.”
– TC, Learner Advocate, @codebrother1, USA

“LOVED the #WPDiversity Workshop! It really inspired me to bring this type of content to the WordPress Mexico community and bring more diverse groups into speaking at our Meetups and WordCamps. ¡Muchas gracias!”
– Maryl Gonzalez – Co-Founder / Lead UXUX UX is an acronym for User Experience - the way the user uses the UI. Think ‘what they are doing’ and less about how they do it./UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing. Designer | Scrum/Agile PM – The App Chefs

Community Team Chat Agenda | December 17, 2020

Hello Team!

Our bi-monthly Community Team chat is happening this Thursday, 17 December 2020. Meeting times are detailed below. We use the same agenda for both meetings in order to include all time zones.

Asia-Pacific / EMEA friendly: 17 December 2020, 11:00 AM UTC

Americas friendly: 17 December 2020, 20:00 UTC

Deputy/Mentor check-in

What have you been doing and how is it going?

Announcements

P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at https://make.wordpress.org/. posts needing review/feedback

Highlighted P2 posts

Please add any additional items to this agenda by commenting on this post as needed.

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

Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on December 9, 2020

Summary: We welcomed new volunteers, had a Gratitude Party for our 2020 work, asked for volunteer(s) for cleaning up English captions on our videos, talked further about our post “Re-imagining the work of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity)”, and talked about WP Philippine this weekend.

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Report: Diverse Speaker Workshops November 2020

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) normally trains WordPress meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. organizers how to hold their own Diverse Speaker workshop in order to increase how many speaker applications they get from people from marginalized and underrepresented groups.

During the pandemic, the team is delivering the workshop to the global WordPress community online ourselves. We are also starting to slowly reintroduce the original trainings for organizers as people’s bandwidth is slowly increasing.

Each month, we are reporting at the tag #DiverseSpeakerWorkshopsReports how these workshops and trainings are going.

Workshop series

In November, we ran our second “Intermediate” speaker three-part workshops series for individuals.

Number who attended: 8
From number of cities: 8
From number of countries: 3 (United States, Philippines, and Nigeria)

Number who attended all 3 workshops: 4

Increase in public speaking confidence after taking the workshops: 100% (!)

These are the stats for the events run by @jillbinder. Others have been facilitating discussion groups for our recordings up on Learn WordPress as well. (The stats for the others are not yet available at this time.)

Testimonial

“The workshops were surprisingly really helpful to improving my sense of confidence and ability in creating talks from scratch!”
– Time Darden, Software Developer, Brooklyn, NY

Thank you

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

Input Requested

We are re-imagining our group’s work for 2021 and we’d love to hear your thoughts:

[Input Requested] Re-imagining the work of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity)

#diversespeakerworkshopsreports, #wpdiversity

Meetup Organizer Newsletter: November 2020

Hello friends,

Welcome to the November edition of our meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. organizer newsletter! Read on to catch up with some exciting updates from the WordPress community and resources for your local WordPress meetup group. 

Newsletter contents:

  • Online Event updates
  • Meetup organizer resources
  • News and updates

Online Event Updates

Meetup organizers can use the hashtag: #OnlineWPMeetup to promote your online meetup on social media. You can reach out to the WordPress Marketing team in the #marketing 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 if you need support with promoting your online meetup event — the team posts regular updates on local meetups in its LinkedIn page.

Featured Online Meetup Event
Several WordPress Meetup Groups in the U.S. are joining hands to organize the: WordPress “Mega Meetup”: The “Plugin Draft” Episode event on November 18, 2020 6:30 PM. The event, which features several speakers such as Adam Silver, Birgit Pauli, and Topher DeRosia, aims to highlight several useful plugins and demystify them for participants, and will also feature a host of talks and sessions. The organizers promise a fun event with a WordPress Trivia game show and a T-Shirt contest. The event is being held on Zoom, and you can sign up for it right away!

Wish to participate in more online WordPress events across the world? You can find all the upcoming online meetups around the globe at: https://make.wordpress.org/community/events/online/.

Online 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. Updates
Check out the websites of the following  WordCamps from the past few weeks to catch up with their recorded live streams. Videos of these camps are being uploaded to WordPress.tv.

While you are at it, don’t miss the chance to get free tickets for the upcoming WordCamp Mexico Online (November 25 – 28)! Several online WordCamps are in the pipeline and will be announced soon!

Diverse Speaker Training Workshops (#WPDiversity)

Check out these upcoming workshops in November to encourage diverse voices to share their knowledge and stories to online WordPress Meetups and WordCamps:

Don’t forget to keep up with the #WPDiversity announcements on the WordCamp Twitter and Facebook accounts, along with the Marketing team LinkedIn Page

Meetup Organizer Resources

Meetup organizers can now request Community Zoom Pro accounts for their local meetup events! In order to get a Zoom Pro account for your meetup, submit a request using the zoom requests form at least a week before your event.

News and updates

  • WordPress 5.6 Beta 1, Beta 2, Beta 3, and Beta 4 versions came out, along with the following WordPress maintenance release: Version 5.5.2 and Version 5.5.3. Feel free to help test BetaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. releases!
  • The Core team released 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/ Version 9.2 (the last Gutenberg release to be featured in WordPress 5.6) and Version 9.3.
  • Take the 2020 WordPress Annual Survey now! Results of the 2019 survey are also available. Feel free to remind your meetup group to take the survey!
  • The Polyglots teamPolyglots Team Polyglots Team is a group of multilingual translators who work on translating plugins, themes, documentation, and front-facing marketing copy. https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/teams/. has launched its 2020 Polyglots Translator Research form. Feel free to pass it on to your meetup group, translate the announcement template into your language, and publish it on your Rosetta site (if any). You can also help out by spreading the word on Social Media by amplifying these Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn posts.

If you have any questions, Community Team deputies are available to help. Please send an email to support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow the WordPress community. Let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions! 

We will see you online soon!

#newsletter
#meetup-organizer-newsletter

The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @chaion07 @courane01 @meher @nao and @webcommsat

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[Input Requested] Re-imagining the work of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity)

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 how to run our workshop for their communities themselves. In the past two years, we’ve trained over 50 meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. organizers to run the workshop, and those that ran it saw a major increase in the diversity of their 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. 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:

  1. 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.)
  1. 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.

Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on November 11, 2020

Summary: We talked about the November intermediate workshops next week, needs for volunteers (creating comprehension questions, discussion facilitators, someone to keep an eye out for social media posts about our workshops on a few accounts), reaching out to meetups to invite to our workshops, and brainstorming ideas for new direction 2021.

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Report: Diverse Speaker Workshops and Train the Trainers October 2020

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) normally trains WordPress meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. organizers how to hold their own Diverse Speaker workshop in order to increase how many speaker applications they get from people from marginalized and underrepresented groups.

During the pandemic, the team is delivering the workshop to the global WordPress community online ourselves. We are also starting to slowly reintroduce the original trainings for organizers as people’s bandwidth is slowly increasing.

Each month, we are reporting at the tag #DiverseSpeakerWorkshopsReports how these workshops and trainings are going.

October 2020

Discussion Group

In October, we ran our first Discussion Groups based on the workshops we have uploaded to Learn WordPress.

These are the stats for the 3 groups run by @jillbinder in October. Others have begun running discussions as well. (The stats for the others are not yet available at this time.)

Number who attended: 11
From number of cities: 10
From number of countries: 4 (Thailand, Spain, Costa Rica, United States)

Increase in public speaking confidence after taking the workshops: 11%

Training event organizers

Normally, our team holds frequent trainings teaching WP meetups, WordCamps, and now other WP online event organizers how to run the Diverse Speaker workshops. (“Hold Your Own Diverse Speaker Workshop” or “Train the Trainers”).

In October, we held one session.

Number who attended: 0

Upcoming in November

A reminder that we are holding an Intermediate workshop series November 17 – 19, 2020. For people from marginalized or underrepresented groups in WordPress who have spoken at least once before, or who have not spoken yet and are willing to dive deeper.

Special topic on November 19, 2020: Story-telling for tech talks

Read more and sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intermediate-wordpress-diverse-speaker-workshops-november-2020-tickets-125564150755

Please help us spread the word! Share the link above, or help us reshare social media posts which will be put out by the #marketing team this coming week.

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