Celebrating APAC WPDiversity Network Building: Update on Our 10th Meeting

#WPDiversity team

Since 2017, the #WPDiversity team has been encouraging people from underrepresented and marginalized groups in WordPress to participate and speak at WordCamps and WP 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. in their local community and the ever-expanding global WP community. 

Most of the activities of the #WPDiversity team have been scheduled in the North American (AMER) time zones, sometimes in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) as well. While there have been a few workshops held in India, Indonesia, Africa, and the Philippines, the regular meeting makes it difficult for those in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region to participate. 

Demand for WordPress Group Activities Grows Steadily in the APAC Region

WordPress has been present in the APAC region for many years now. Over the last two years alone, there has been a sharp increase in the demand for WordPress events. For example, in 2019, there were already 127 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. groups with 73,000 members in 23 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. During the pandemic that started in 2020, this number has only gone up.

In 2022, the number of Meetup groups in APAC has grown to 141, an 11% increase. What’s more, total Meetup membership and countries represented also increased to 120,000 members across 25 countries– an increase of 64% and 8% respectively. This is a significant increase even if most of their activities in the past 2 years have been primarily online, these meetup groups are now starting to hold face-to-face activities like meetups and even WordCamps.

This is timely, as the flagship event WordPress 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 2023 is fast approaching.

APAC #WPDiversity Network Building

To help meet the growing demand for in-person and online WordPress events in APAC, the APAC #WPDiversity Network Building meeting was started. Volunteers around the Asia-Pacific region voted on the most convenient schedule and we have held 9 meetings since May.

The main intention of this meeting for APAC is that we want to walk the talk. We want to make the WordPress community as diverse and inclusive as possible and we need you to be part of the journey!

The APAC region is host to some of the most diverse selection of WordPress users in the world, with differences in culture, language, life experiences, and knowledge. By encouraging more underrepresented individuals who are usually not as engaged in the tech community to participate in our meetings, we can help foster growth and collaboration among groups of people, who would not normally have the opportunity to work with one another if not for the global WordPress community. 

During these meetings, we report on activities that are relevant to the APAC region and encourage discussion about other concerns affecting the WordPress community. We also promote events like WordCamps in the region. Especially Call-for-Speakers, Call-for-Sponsors, and when tickets go on sale. This is another way for you to get people to see what is happening in your WordPress community and help get more people to participate. 

We also need your help to spread the word so more community members can join the meeting and so we can learn from each other about making the WordPress community in our region more diverse and inclusive.

Ideas on how to grow our APAC WPDiversity Network?

We would be honored if you would join us. 

This is for you if:

  1. You are based in Asia-Pacific
  2. You care about diversity and inclusion in WordPress, particularly in Asia-Pacific
  3. You are able to join most of the meetings (2 hours a month – 1 hour each meeting)

If you would like to participate in the activities held by the #WPDiversity team, please comment on this post with your 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/. name to indicate that you are interested in joining the meetings with us. 

Meeting Schedule

This meeting happens on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 0300H-0400H UTC. We have a related meeting for AMER with a different agenda on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 0500H-0600H UTC. 

Changes in the schedule are posted on the Community-team 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/. blog and in the Slack channel. 

If you don’t have a WordPress Slack account yet, here is how to get set up: https://bit.ly/setupwp2slack

Thank you to @devinmaeztri, @onealtr, @jillbinder

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[Action requested] Vote for “Organizing Diverse & Inclusive Events workshop” date and time

I am planning for our next quarterly #WPDiversity’s “Organizing an Inclusive and Diverse WordPress event” workshop.

This is a 2.5-hour workshop to learn how to create a welcoming and diverse 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. 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.

Do you want to attend? By Sunday, September 25, 2022 please vote on the time that would work best for you at this link on #community-events:

  • [1] Thursday, October 13, 2022 @ 5pm – 7:30pm UTC (1pm ET / 10am PT)
  • [2]Thursday, October 13, 2022 @ 3am-5:30am UTC (8:30am IST / 11am PHST / 2pm AET)
  • [3] Friday, October 14, 2022 @ 3am-5:30am UTC (8:30am IST / 11am PHST / 2pm AET)

VOTE NOW

We are thinking specifically about how to make the timing work for WordCamps that are in their planning stages (roughly 50% of which are in AMER/EMEA and 50% in APAC). Whichever time we select, we will definitely hold the workshop for other timezones in future quarters.

The workshop will be in English with a live transcript / captions.

Any and all WordCamp and meetup organizers are especially encouraged to attend this workshop!

VOTE NOW

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Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) AMER/EMEA on September 14, 2022

Attending: @jillbinder, @katiejrichards, @kcrockett, @leogopal, @metalandcoffee, @onealtr, @robinwpdeveloper, @santanainniss, @sc0ttkclark

Facilitator: @katiejrichards

Start: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1663174848435489

Summary

Agenda:

1 Attendance and check-ins (everyone)

2 First time here

3 Comments, questions, ideas (anyone)

4 Plan for the next 3 months! ( @jillbinder )

  • Under the More link at the end of this post

5 Workshops (Speaker & Inclusion) ( @jillbinder )

  • Speaker Workshop for Indian Women in the WordPress Community https://www.eventbrite.com/e/speaker-workshop-for-indian-women-in-the-wordpress-community-sept-24-25-tickets-348466712317
    • Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, 2022
    • 9:00am to 11:30am India time (IST)
  • Looking for women (people who identify as women some or all of the time) volunteers during the workshop:
    • If you’ve done public speaking or are a WP event organizer, you can 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. people on their talk topics, descriptions, outlines, etc.
    • If you haven’t, there are some behind the scenes admin items that we need help with (letting people in from the waiting room, muting people, checking for questions in the chat that I might miss, etc.)
  • We have 27 signed up. We are aiming for about 35 to register, so help with spreading the word would be much appreciated.
  • October Inclusion workshop: The group started the discussion on what format workshop should be to be able to cover more of the material:
    • 2.5 hours on one day
    • 2 days (1h 30m each)
    • 3 days (1h each)

6 APAC WPDiversity Network Building ( @onealtr )

  • @onealtr shared upcoming WordCamps in APAC, and shared about the APAC WPDiversity Network Building meeting later that day:

    https://twitter.com/oneal/status/1569957008484466693

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

8 Marketing ( @santanainniss )

  • @santanainniss shared that she’s been posting about:
    • Creating Inclusive WP Events content (2 parts on different weeks)
    • India Women’s Training
    • APAC meeting

      with really great engagement and click-through numbers!

9 Other Updates + Next meeting facilitator (anyone)

  • @onealtr and @santanainniss are collaborating on a new post describing the APAC WP Diversity meeting. This will be an improved place to drive social media posts to to help bringing more community engagement.

End: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1663178346106139

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Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) AMER/EMEA on August 24, 2022

Attending: @jillbinder, @katiejrichards, @leogopal, @onealtr

Facilitator: @onealtr

Start: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1661360403634749

Summary

1 Attendance and check-ins (everyone)

2 First time here

3 Comments, questions, ideas (anyone)

4 Workshops (Speaker & Inclusion) (@jillbinder)

Upcoming workshop: Speaker Workshop for Indian Women in the WordPress Community (Sept 24-25)

5 APAC WPDiversity Network Building (@onealtr)

@onealtr kept us up to date with the upcoming Asia WordCamps.

@onealtr and @santanainniss are communicating that the September meetings are the 3rd and 5th Thurs instead of 2nd and 4th.

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

Our group members are liking the Monday fun discussion prompts. 🙂

7 Other Updates + Next meeting facilitator (anyone)

@katiejrichards will be our next facilitator

End: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1661363973590799

Upcoming

Join us for our #WPDiversity meetings this week on the #community-team 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/.. All are welcome!

AMER/EMEA: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 @ 5pm-6pm UTC
APAC: Thursday, September 15, 2022 @ 3am-4pm UTC

Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) AMER/EMEA on August 10, 2022

Attending: @chaion07 @jillbinder @kcrockett @onealtr @santanainniss @wpfangirl

Facilitator: @wpfangirl

Start: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1660150855966349

Summary

Agenda: 

1 Attendance and check-ins (everyone)

2 First time here

3 Comments, questions, ideas (anyone)

4 Workshops (Speaker & Inclusion) (@jillbinder)

5 APAC WPDiversity Network Building (@onealtr)

  • @onealtr shared what WordPress events are coming up in APAC
  • We talked about how the APAC meetings are going and how we can work on improving the attendance

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

7 Marketing (@santanainniss)

8 Other Updates + Next meeting facilitator (anyone)

End: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1660154359687579

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Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) AMER/EMEA on July 27, 2022

Attending: @jillbinder, @juliarosia, @katiejrichards, @kcrockett, @onealtr, @santanainniss, @volkswagenchick, @wpfangirl

Facilitator: @onealtr

Start: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1658941211613439

Summary

Agenda:

1 Check-ins (everyone)

2 First time here

3 Comments, questions, ideas (anyone)

  • @katiejrichards offered to help with meticulous, detailed tasks such as editing and reviewing copy, working on transcripts or captions for recorded workshops

4 Workshops (Speaker & Inclusion) (@jillbinder)

5 APAC WPDiversity Network Building (@onealtr)

  • @onealtr shared about upcoming events in Asia-Pacific
  • @santanainniss
  • shared the call for speakers for WC Asia with the campaign manager for WordCamps. The post is scheduled.

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

  • We had 7 “wins” on the channel in June
  • @juliarosia invited everyone to have a sense of ownership in the channel

7 Marketing (@santanainniss)

  • @santanainniss posted a call to action for our training in India: Twitter, LinkedIn that has had a high level of performance!
  • The marketing team posted about and tested the post about the APAC WPDiversity meeting: Twitter, LinkedIn
  • More posts are scheduled for both of these
  • A new thing: posting testimonial cards with testimonials from our workshops!

8 Other Updates + Next week’s meeting facilitator (anyone)

  • @onealtr and @jillbinder were about to have our interviews for the WP Briefing podcast (which has now been released)
  • @volkswagenchick: We are giving the “Drupal” version of the workshop at our next SF Drupal User’s group in time for the Drupal D&I camp

End: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1658944749726039

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Report: Inclusion and Diverse Speaker Workshops June 2022

In June, we held one “Organizing Diverse & Inclusive WordPress Events” discussion.

June 2022

Organizing Diverse & Inclusive WordPress Events – coaching, accountability and discussion

Facilitator: @jillbinder

As a follow-up to our May 2022 workshop discussions, we held a coaching, accountability and discussion session 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/. on June 14th, 2022.

Number who attended: 10

From number of cities: 10

From number of countries: 5 (Bangladesh, Luxembourg, Philippines, Spain, United States)

diverse-speaker-support channel

We have a Slack 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

  • 2 spoke at a WordPress event
  • 2 spoke at a different tech event
  • 1 applied and got accepted for a WordPress event (2 wins)
  • 1 got a talk accepted at another tech event

Thank you

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

Upcoming: September and October 2022

September 24, 2022 and September 25, 2022 @ 9am-11:30am IST: Speaker Workshop for Indian Women in the WordPress Community

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

Follow https://make.wordpress.org/community/tag/wpdiversityworkshops/ for our next workshop announcement.

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Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) AMER/EMEA on July 13, 2022

Attending: @jilbinder, @juliarosia, @onealtr, @santanainniss

Facilitator: @jillbinder

Start: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1657731601090839

Summary

1 Check-ins (everyone)

2 First time here

3 Comments, questions, ideas (anyone)

4 India Outreach Sprint (@jillbinder)

5 APAC WPDiversity Network Building (@onealtr)

  • @onealtr kept us posted on upcoming APAC events and WordCamps

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

7 Marketing (@santanainniss)

8 Translations (@jillbinder, @devinmaeztri)

  • Our speaker workshop has been translated into Italian! Thank you, translators!

9 Other Updates + Next week’s meeting facilitator (anyone)

  • We talked about what to do when the AMER/EMEA meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, and the APAC meeting on the 2nd Thursday of the month, are not actually in the same week.

End: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1657735180271159

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Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) AMER/EMEA on June 22, 2022

Attending: @jillbinder, @juliarosia, @kcrockett, @katiejrichards, @rahuldsarker, @santanainniss, @onealtr, @wpfangirl

Facilitator: @juliarosia

Start: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1655917222646159

Summary

1 Check-ins (everyone)

2 First time here

3 Comments, questions, ideas (anyone)

4 Workshops (Speaker & Inclusion) (@jillbinder)

5 APAC WPDiversity Network Building (@onealtr and @devinmaeztri)

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

7 Marketing (@santanainniss)

8 DEI plans for WordPress events (@juliarosia)

9 Volunteer/Contributor testimonials (@jillbinder)

10 Other Updates + Next week’s meeting facilitator (anyone)


End: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1655920826702589

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4th biweekly APAC #WPDiversity Network Building (June 23, 2022)

We would be honored if you would join us for the biweekly APAC #WPDiversity Network Building. Thursday, June 23, 2022, at 0300H UTC, in the #community-team channel on Make 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/..

Agenda:

  1. Check-ins (everyone)
  2. First time here
  3. Offering attendees to help with notetaking 
  4. WPDiversity at WordPress events
    1. WordPress Speaker Workshop for Women Voices in India, September 2022
    2. 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. Khatmandu, September 3-4 2022 
    3. WordCamp Asia 2023, Bangkok, February 17-19 2023 
    4. WordCamp Kolkata
  5. Outreach to get more participants of our meeting 
  6. Updates, comments, questions, ideas  (anyone)
  7. Reminder of next meeting and facilitator (anyone)

We are looking forward to having you all!

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