All ages: How to build a movement

Speakers: Molly de Blanc Deb Nicholson

Track: Social context

Type: Talk (45 mins)

Video:

Room: Rex Live Stream

Time: Aug 10 (Thu), 18:00

Duration: 0:50

Deborah Nicholson and Molly de Blanc want the free software movement to keep growing and 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. We’ll take a look at what we’re currently doing to bring in young people, how we are treating older people in our communities and where there is room for improvement.

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.

This session is accessible to anyone with a general knowledge of what free software is, and that open contribution communities power many free software projects.

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