Accountability, Equity, and Flat Teams in Tech

Building and maintaining healthy teams is real work that takes time and effort–especially if you’re trying to organize people to get something done. Doing that work within a flat or “leaderless” team can be rewarding–but the work of managing doesn’t disappear if you decide not to have managers.Read more

How “Good Intent” Undermines Diversity and Inclusion

Telling people to “assume good intent” is a sign that if they come to you with a concern, you will minimize their feelings, police their reactions, and question their perceptions. It tells marginalized people that you don’t see codes of conduct as tools to address systemic discrimination, but as tools to manage personal conflicts without taking power differences into account.Read more

Fundraising, Activism, and Who Gets Paid

When you’re interested in donating money to help improve conditions for women in tech, you need to be aware that clueless and unscrupulous people will take advantage of your good intentions to line their own pockets. Before you donate, assess projects with a critical eye. What is the project runner’s track record? What’s their angle? Who are they centering? Who’s getting paid?Read more

How to Opt out of Stolen

Companies that get called out for not taking into account how your products can harm marginalized people could do worse than to follow Chen’s example. He apologized, acknowledged the problem, committed to trying to fix it, and worked to get an opt-out solution out the door quickly.Read more