February 2014

Gavin Pickin

Diversity - The Hot Topic in Tech - Scott Hanselman talks to Model View Culture

Chit Chat, Podcasts

I listen to a lot of Podcasts, and lately I've been listening to a lot of Hanselminutes, with host Scott Hanselman. Today I listened to one of the more recent episodes, with guests from Model View Culture. I was not sure what to expect, but soon learned that Model View Culture was a media company devoted to diversity in Technology... and the most interesting part, it helped me understand some issues and concepts about diversity that I think most people in the "Main System", generally white males, do not understand.

I urge you to step outside your comfort zone, and listen to this show.

  • Its sounds like a great new company pushing to lower barriers and boundaries.
  • Scott asks a lot of good questions, and learns a little more about dealing with diversity
  • You might learn that the small things you say and do might mean a lot more in a minority world.

The biggest point I took from this was, diversity isn't about me. I might feel awkward, uncomfortable, and not sure how to act because it might offend people... but guess what, THAT DOES NOT MATTER. The small level of discomfort I feel is only a taste of what those fighting diversity feel every minute of every day. So next time you aren't sure how to act, or what to say, think about how weird that makes you feel, how small that makes you feel, and try to imagine others feeling that every minute of every day.

That might help you go from being someone who gets defensive about diversity, and realize we can all act and do things a little different to make the world a little better.

Remember, if you feel out of place, or don't know what to do, then you're aware, and that is one step closer to helping.

I hope you take the time to listen, and think about something new.


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