Foo Café introduces a manifesto and code of conduct
In the midst of a growing Swedish, and international, focus on diversity and sexism in tech, Foo Café is setting an excellent example for other organisers (hint: #sthlmtechfest) to follow. Their getting noticed and the speaker list for this autumn is already looking better compared the spring’s.
Rakt motsatt attityd har Malmöföretagaren Michael Tiberg visat efter att ha fått kritik för att hans arrangemang Foo Café haft kraftig övervikt av män bland presentatörerna. Han arrangerar tillsammans med andra företag och organisationer återkommande träffar för personer i IT- och webbindustrin och kommer nu att arbeta för att nå större mångfald i arrangemangen.
And listening is tough. Often I stubbornly refuse an idea in my head only to later realise that a certain ego is just standing in the way. In many cases, it is because I haven’t fully understood the perspective or motivation of the other person’s opinion.
So while the code of conduct provides a foundation for a safe environment, which is crucial for learning, the manifest addresses the more abstract, the culture if you like, of Foo Café. It establishes common values among participants and organisers of the events. It helps us understand why we attend and come back.
A section that I particularly like in the manifesto is “Everybody matters”. To me, it captures the essence of Foo Café’s existence.
You can learn from everyone, we have all different experience that we can share and teach.
It is high time to suggest more people that we would like to learn from at the next event. Perhaps you have something to share too?