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Wednesday, August 29 • 4:00pm - 4:40pm
Panel Discussion: All Ages, Genders, & Skills Welcome —How to Grow Our Movement - Moderated by Rikki Endsley, Opensource.com

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One facet of successful movement building is embracing a multi-generational community. The good news is that there is no age requirement for using, promoting and contributing to free software. The bad news is that we aren’t always doing a great job of facilitating a diverse, inter-generational movement. Using examples from other movements and inter-generational communities, we’ll identify tactics that aren’t being used to build the free software community and see what we can collectively port over. We plan to inspire the audience to find ways to recruit and retain young people, inspire older people to participate, and maintain an unbroken thread of free software conservatorship.

Then we'll expand the conversation to include gender issues and whether the FOSS community is effectively taking advantage of talents outside the software field. Are ‘bros’ and trolls really driving women away? Are non-programmers with skills important to the open source cause made to feel welcome and valuable? How can we better communicate what's special about open source, to pull a wider variety of people into our movement? Let’s celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Open Source Initiative by getting your input and discussing this as a group!


Molly de Blanc

Campaigns Manager, Free Software Foundation
Molly de Blanc is the campaigns manager at the Free Software Foundation. She serves as a director on the Board of Directors at the Open Source Initiative. At the FSF, she runs campaigns on the technical side of digital rights issues, including net neutrality, DRM, and Intel ME. As... Read More →
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Deb Nicholson

Director of Community Operations, Software Freedom Conservancy
Deb Nicholson is a free software policy expert and a passionate community advocate. She is the Director of Community Operations at Software Freedom Conservancy where she supports the work of its member organizations and facilitates collaboration with the wider free software community... Read More →
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Christine Peterson

Cofounder, Foresight Institute
Christine Peterson is Co-founder and former President of Foresight Institute. She lectures and writes about nanotechnology, AI, and longevity, and leads Foresight’s molecular machine research workshops. She is co-author of Unbounding the Future: the Nanotechnology Revolution (Morrow... Read More →

Wednesday August 29, 2018 4:00pm - 4:40pm PDT
Room 121