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Margot Bloomstein @mbloomstein
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As we talk about conference codes of conduct and creating more inclusive events and diverse stages—no more #manels!—I want to share a recent conference experience about an upcoming event at which I’ll be speaking and teaching. (thread)
Next week the @Fluxible UX conference is in Kitchener-Waterloo, near Toronto. Now in its 7th year, it promises “an inclusive, cooperative environment where everyone is welcomed, open dialogue is encouraged, and all perspectives are appreciated.” Let’s unpack that vision! (2/?)
The @Fluxible organizers realize that if “everyone is welcome” and “all perspectives are appreciated,” representation on stage matters. So, they put together a speaker lineup diverse in age, gender, ethnicity, industry, expertise, seniority, geography, and other qualities. (3/?)
Want more diverse attendees? Remove barriers to participation. @Fluxible offers student rates, a clear code of conduct, and a way to provide dietary needs when you register. They chose a conference hotel relatively near events, addressing a safety concern for many people. (4/)
As a speaker, my goal for every conference is to create an educational, actionable experience for my audience. I want to focus on delivering value to my workshop and talk attendees—not on details of my hotel, the audio system, or if organizers will push back on my invoice. (5/?)
If #conference organizers proactively address logistics, I can just focus on attendees. Here’s my @fluxible experience: they took the lead in negotiating equitable compensation, flight, & support for traveling w/ family. As a result, I’m just looking forward to speaking! (6/7)
All that is to say this: I can’t wait for the @Fluxible conference next week. My experience has been a model of communication and support as I craft my attendees' workshop experience. On the fence? Sign up—I think you’ll have a great experience too!…
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