[hackerspaces] Tips and Tricks (Was Women in Makerspaces)

Bill French william.french at gmail.com
Fri Jan 18 18:53:06 CET 2013

The issue we're trying to tackle, though, is that the opportunity to listen
and dialog doesn't arise.  They just don't come back, or don't come at all.

Or, how can we be more proactive?

What we've got so far:
1. Clear anti-harassment policy and process for handling issues
2. Clean bathrooms
3. Broader marketing

Did I miss anything?

On Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 12:32 PM, <discuss-request at lists.hackerspaces.org>wrote:

> Women, like men, are people.  When a person has a problem that they can't
> handle on their own, they first want to share that with other people, be
> listened to, understood, and have their problem validated.  It doesn't
> matter if the problem is "Why is Joe's shit left out all over the tables?"
> or "Why is Joe stalking me on OkCupid?".  That's the first step.  Listen to
> the problem, confirm that you understand what it is, and don't fob it off
> as a non-problem just because it's not a problem for you or even for the
> majority of your community.
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