Imagine a tech community…
That is inclusive to the point of radicalness, where people gather in solidarity at the edges.
Where everyone is able to contribute fully and authentically, whatever that means for them.
Where everyone has a part in making the community more prosperous and resilient. Where we plan collaboratively, thoughtfully balancing short- and long-term goals.
Where compassion and empathy are as present and valued as technical skill.
Where a code of conduct is an expression of shared values and but one of many tools we have and are able to use effectively to increase belonging among us.
Where expulsion is rare. Where those who transgress and those who are transgressed upon are supported alike. Where we work collectively to resolve conflict and division between us.
Where we are able to stand with the poor, the marginalized, the disenfranchised and strive to understand the world from their point of view. Where we create tech products together, that serve all of us better.
Where we are able to shift technology as a mechanism for concentrating power to one that distributes it and empowers all the world’s people.
Where we recognize that technological decisions cannot be divorced from their emotional, sociological and political contexts and we strive to take these factors into account.
Where we develop the wisdom to recognize when issues are primarily social/political not technological and we work to address them in their appropriate spheres.
Where we have the courage to speak up when we see destructive behavior because we know others will have our backs and we will not stand alone and become targets ourselves.
Where we love the difficult people as well as the easy ones and we give each the time and support they need.
Where we can gather and find fellowship in good times and bad times alike.
Where we recognize, honor and respect the great diversity in our backgrounds, life histories and worldviews. Where we strive to minimize the discord that might come from our differences and maximize the harmony of our share experiences.
…That’s the tech community I want to be a part of.