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Earlier this year, Stumptown Syndicate directors voted to change the board term from three years to one, which means: we’re currently searching for new members! At the moment, we’re looking to reevaluate our programs and want to work together with new board members to solidify our activities and overall direction as Stumptown Syndicate goes into its 10th year.
If you’re interested in cultivating a resilient and sustainable ecosystem of diverse and inclusive technology communities around the Pacific Northwest, we’d love to chat more! Note that you do NOT need previous board experience. We can provide training and just ask that you’re located within commuting distance of Portland, Oregon. And, we strongly encourage people of color and marginalized folx to reach out.
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The application deadline is Saturday, November 17 at 11:59pm:
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Originally posted on the Open Source Bridge blog
On June 29 we came together to acknowledge all that the Open Source Bridge community has built over the last ten years. Christie Koehler started the day with a look back at the history of the conference and our local tech community.
Together we created an amazing body of work that will continue to influence others. We should all be proud of this.
Kronda Adair followed with a personal history of her experiences at Open Source Bridge, and of building her business. She offered these take-aways on the work we still need to do to create a truly inclusive and equitable industry.
Listen the Startup podcast series about Arlan Hamilton, the founder of Backstage capital. You’ll learn what radical wealth redistribution looks like. You’ll upgrade your definition of hustle. Hint: it’s not taking a summer off and flying around the country to get 50 of your rich friends to give you 5 million dollars and then starting a VC fund.
If there’s one theme that pervades my experience in tech, it’s that the people who have traditionally have the least access to money and resources are the best at sharing what they do have with others. But as Arlan likes to say, we’re done settling for crumbs. We’re here for the cake.
Make a list of the products and services you regularly use and recommend to others and then find some black and brown entrepreneurs who provide those services and start using them and recommending them to your networks.
Ask your boss if the women and people of color in your company are being paid the same as their white colleagues for the same work. If you’re white, tell colleagues how much YOU make.
Check out the Ascend Project repo and run your own version of it.
If you have the skills and the free time, make a website for a business owner who doesn’t have one.
Pay someone who’s given you free advice that helped you grow your business or advance your career. In cash.
Stop looking for underrepresented people to be your junior developers and start looking for us to be your CEOs, CTOs, and CFOs. I’m tired of watching companies hire us for VP of diversity positions and then blocking real change. There’s a lot of white people out here talking about they want to help but you don’t want to give up any of YOUR privilege. That’s not how it works.
These are just a few suggestions that I’ll leave you with as you go and consider your unconference topics for the day.
Lastly, I want to give you an easy metric to measure by so you know if your efforts are making real change:
Find ways to transfer MONEY, ACCESS, NETWORKS and POWER to those who have the least of those things.
If you’re not doing that, then you need to work harder.
We had a full set of unconference sessions, spanning the breadth of our community’s interests.
— Open Source Bridge (@osbridge) June 29, 2018
We collaborated and created things in the Hacker Lounge, including buttons.
— (:e hashman) (@ehashdn) June 30, 2018
Audrey shared her thoughts on Open Source Bridge ending in a blog post, Saying Goodbye to Open Source Bridge.
Thank you everyone for being a part of this community and the work we did together! We’re excited to see what all of you create next.
Following up on our call for new board members, Stumptown Syndicate is happily welcoming 2 new directors to the board. Our bylaws have recently been updated so that board terms are now one year instead of three, with everyone having the option to renew their term continuously.
Without further ado, meet Courtney Stanton and Toby Fee!
Courtney is a writer and manager at Feel Train, a creative technology cooperative. He also co-hosts a podcast, JoJo’s Bizarre Explainer, where he talks a lot about anime and gay feelings. He’s never quite gotten over the death of Google Reader.
Toby is a self-taught web developer who enjoys hardware hacking and carpentry in his free time. Imported from California at the age of 9, he loves Portland and bikes its streets every snow-free day of the year. He has two children.
Elea Chang, Gaba Rodriguez Beron, and Reid Beels will remain on the board, while Thursday Bram is stepping back from Stumptown Syndicate after 2+ years. As Thursday was originally this year’s President, the Syndicate held a special election to reassign officer roles. Elea Chang is now returning as President while Courtney Stanton is the Syndicate’s new Operations Lead.
During her term, Thursday served as the 2016 Open Source Bridge co-chair, the 2017 Open Source Bridge sponsorship coordinator, and as mentioned before, Board President. We’re sad to say goodbye, but grateful for Thursday’s time and energy, so: thank you Thursday!