[Openstack] Making the Hong Kong Summit as inclusive as possible
lauren at openstack.org
Wed Sep 18 00:07:48 UTC 2013
We have a code of conduct for our community that covers events like our Summit (http://www.openstack.org/legal/community-code-of-conduct/). What I would like to do is:
- Publicize the code of conduct on the Summit website, registration page and email communications prior to the event
- Clearly define and publish steps to report an incident, as well as response procedures by the Foundation
To that end, we've spent time reviewing the Ada Initiative anti-harassment response procedures (http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Conference_anti-harassment/Responding_to_reports). We've actually contacted them to get their help drafting response procedure and possibly to schedule some training for our Foundation and events staff.
In addition to the code of conduct and response procedures, I would definitely be interested in hearing more ideas about how to make the Summit inclusive. For example, Anne Gentle and Claire Massey helped organize the first Women of OpenStack breakfast in Portland (that was a great success!), and the Foundation sponsored travel to the Summit for three GNOME Outreach Program for Women interns. We are again sponsoring an event for Women in OpenStack and a broader travel support program in Hong Kong.
On Sep 17, 2013, at 11:00 AM, George Reese <george.reese at imaginary.com> wrote:
> Can someone summarize where things stand on this and what is actually in motion to be done/has been done?
> On Sep 15, 2013, at 7:18 PM, David Mortman <launchpad at mortman.com> wrote:
>> I'll leave it up to the event staff to determine how they want to handle it in this on-site case. Certainly someone needs to be empowered or the exercise is pointless. For the community as a whole, does the Board of Directors have the authority to create an ombuds office?
>> On Sun, Sep 15, 2013 at 12:44 PM, Joshua McKenty <joshua at pistoncloud.com> wrote:
>> David, while I think having an onsite group able to field complaints and address incidents is critical, we need to make sure that such a group has the ability to address any complaints. So I'd suggest we pass this directly to the foundation staff, and make sure that the event coordination team is coached appropriately. Having community members act as ombudsperson is both complicated from a legal standpoint, and potentially inappropriate.
>> Lauren, can you make sure the on-site events team is briefed on the proposed code-of-conduct, and is ready to respond to any complaints that might arise?
>> Joshua McKenty
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>> On Sep 15, 2013, at 3:59 AM, David Mortman <launchpad at mortman.com> wrote:
>>> On Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 4:26 PM, David Mortman <launchpad at mortman.com> wrote:
>>> Agreed. There should be at least a small group, especially for events, so that one person doesn't get hammered but also so there's a committee to make judgement calls etc. Love the idea of some training too.
>>> Given the closeness of the summit (only 2 months away), it's seems like a good idea to put together the initial group of folks who can be the onsite committee to help address any issues that hopefully won't arise. While I'll continue to participate in this effort, unfortunately, I won't be attending the summit myself so I can't help onsite. I will however like nominate both Anne Gentle and George Reese be initial members of the committee. Anyone else interested? A group of three is probably plenty.
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