Technology conferences -- tend to be 10% women, If you aren't present at the conversation, aren't there in building the architecture. Example, gender isn't part of the whole online identity discussion. Social Networking
Catherine Geanuracos, MomsRising
Experience around online organizing and politics. Women are better at dialog, actually talking to each other, not at each other. MainstreamMoms. What would it mean to have women drive social networking portion of organizing tools, allow for lateral and bottoms up communication.
Christine: Count things. Were there women there? Most tech conference, women presence tends to be about 10%. What are the things are you allowed to do? Social networking has to do with navel gazing. A lot of social networking with no point. There has to be an outcome. Being presence in the dialogs and informs the dialogs.
Catherine Geanuracos: How to leverage the new tools? Every six months a new tool that is the answer. Need to create space with outcomes. Women can engage in dialogue versus talking to each other. More opportunities for lateral communication and networking. Create structures in using the tools -- we have jumped in the pool with drupal. Ways to push the tools forward and have women drive the development they function well for women. One component is to link women's organizations from the different part of social change movement that don't usually talk to one another. Connect organizations as well as individuals. Networking tools that perpetuate a limited structure.
You need others. But you need others for everything, really. In our part of the world, we have something called ubuntu. Ubuntu. Ubuntu. Ubuntu. The essence of being human. We say a person is a person through other persons. I can't be human in isolation. I need you to be all you can be so that I can become me and all that I can be.
Being at NetSquared captures a sense of the beloved community that I so often yearn for. At lunch today, I sat next to someone from literally half the world away - a person doing extraordinary work to race a scourge of death on the African continent. She is here, soaking up ideas from others - she is here, to be lifted up and celebrated - she is here, because what she is doing teaches all of us in the "developed" world. Most importantly, she is here because the NetSquared paid her way to come here. Fully 20% of the 350 people here are present because NetSquared raised the money to have this attendee base reflect the richness of the human race, rather than the mono-culture that one usually finds at conferences. Christine Herron points out that at typical business, geek or non-profit (or church) conferences, that mon-culture is about 70-90% white males.
Christine said something like, "When you visit a website do you ever think about what you allowed to do on the site?" She points to how gender does it translate gender representation?
I think this a good question I haven't thought about before. How do women interact in person? What are those customs that we use? Are those represented in online communication models?
I dream up a mom/woman specific operating system from time to time and it often is framed in my social experience as a woman/mom.
What I dream...
You organize things in rooms. You assign a room to each person in your family. Mom's room, daughter's room, the cat's litter box, a living room, dining room, and a patio. Each of those places represented by the OS have objects that we often use - a fridge for keeping recipies, shopping lists; a television where we keep tags of items we want to return to later for entertainment purposes; a closet to bury my mall wishlist.