Exclusive Diversity. A Conversation
We believe the Open Data movement has a Divide – it consists (especially in Europe) mainly of well educated, tech savvy white males, and has often been accused of being a very hermetic group overall. Are we right in our suspicions, or is this perception misleading? Is this group truly exclusive? How does it affect our actions? How to change it? During this participatory (and difficult!) conversation, we intend to tackle these and other questions together. We will also use public data about OKFestival participants themselves to constitute a good starting point for further discussion and ideas about how we can make the Open Data community more inclusive in the future.
This will be a very participatory discussion with a brief introduction and then facilitation of a conversation. All participants are welcome.
Alicja Peszkowska, Fundacja TechSoup, Poland, @alicjapeas, email@example.com
Anna Kuliberda, a moderator, Fundacja TechSoup, Poland, @adrebiluka, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alicja Peszkowska is a Content and Community Curator both at Fundacja TechSoup – TechSoup’s Global European hub, and at NetSquared – a program of TechSoup. In her role she monitors social innovation as well as tech for good news and initiatives, blogs about them, and encourages community dialogue. Alicja is a both a coordinator or international projects, and a local organizer of social hackathons, barcamps, booksprints and other open format events in Poland. She is currently working on a Community Boostr project, the aim of which is to encourage the usage of technology in the Transparency for Accountability movement in the Western Balkans. Alicja’s educational background is in anthropology and cultural studies. She is passionate about social change in its wide and theoretical sense. She also is a feminist. Prior to her work for TechSoup Alicja was involved with an International Student’s organization — AIESEC, where she lead a one year cultural diversity project. She also worked for a Transparency International partner NGO on the Colombian coast, and lived in Spain for a year.
Anna Kuliberda is Global Community Builder for Fundacja TechSoup – a European hub for TechSoup Global, and NetSquared – a program of TechSoup. In this role, Anna informs and implements the design and management of programmatic activities across the Central and Eastern European region and beyond. She focuses on growing participation and connections by implementing social media strategies, supporting offline events, and facilitating workshops. Anna’s professional life has always been connected with NGO’s. She has been engaged in many grassroots initiatives, both as a volunteer and employee. In one of her first roles, Anna served as European Voluntary Service Coordinator at Semper Avanti Association in Wroclaw. From there, Anna moved to Warsaw where she worked for the Association of Leaders of Local Civic Groups. Anna has been involved in a variety of civil society initiatives and organizations that advocate for better access to public information and participation in public life for all citizens. She is especially interested in open public data and gov 2.0. She was co-creator of an e-learning course for watchdogs and has offered many workshops in rural communities about advocacy and access to public information.
Location: INSPIRE meeting room
Date & Time: Wed 19, 18:00 – 19:30
Target Group: Anyone interested in the topic of diversity (not gender-related only)
Topic Stream: Gender and Diversity in Openness
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