[Chaoss-members] Creation of a new project on Diversity and Inclusion Metrics/Software

Jono Bacon jono at jonobacon.com
Fri Nov 10 20:20:40 UTC 2017

One other thought, with the enormous caveat that I am by no means an expert
on D&I.

In my mind, where I see particular value for CHAOSS in this topic is in the
facilitation and optimization of *inclusion*. In a nutshell, while many
communities and organizations are trying to have certain ratios of
underrepresented groups groups (e.g. X% of an organization are women, X%
are trans etc), I think this us a more complex area for CHAOSS to drive

I see CHAOSS as a powerful force in defining metrics for health in open
source projects, in particular as it relates to people being able to
deliver sustained contributions with little friction.. As such, I would
rather we focus on which metrics can help maintainers to understand if
underrepresented groups are facing barriers and hurdles that others are not
(e.g. unconscious bias, certain meeting times, certain cultural norms), so
they can remove these barriers and optimize the community for diverse

I think if we do this well, it will help to improve the ratios of
underrepresented groups in communities as we will be providing maintainers
and community leaders pragmatic data points they can use to be be informed
of these issues and make a difference.

On Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 12:11 PM Sean Goggins <s at goggins.com> wrote:

> Hi Daniel and Everyone!
> I think the role of geography in defining racial diversity is an important
> point Daniel makes. This is especially true when there are significant
> populations of indigenous peoples living alongside colonizers like my
> ancestors.
> If we focus on providing what metrics we can about distributions of
> different peoples in a population I think we are on solid ground.
> Those applying our metrics can make choices about how to interpret. And,
> as noted elsewhere, this is data not usually in software repositories, so
> we will need to get it elsewhere.
> sean
> On Nov 10, 2017, at 1:33 PM, D M German <dmg at turingmachine.org> wrote:
> Jono Bacon twisted the bytes to say:
> Jono> I think CHAOSS helping to define effective metrics for measuring
> diversity
> Jono> and inclusion initiatives is worthy work. It goes without saying
> that we
> Jono> should be building more inclusive personalities and companies, and I
> think
> Jono> CHAOSS could play a useful role in determining how to measure
> progress in
> Jono> these areas.
> i fully agree.
> Jono> My worry here is that this is a politically charged topic with a wide
> Jono> variety of opinions and perspectives and that the project could get
> bogged
> Jono> down into semantics about what "diversity" means and what
> "inclusion" means
> Jono> as opposed to producing pragmatic materials and technology to help
> move the
> Jono> needle. As such, I would recommend:
> I would just add that what is diverse (in general) is very geographical
> dependent, specially when it comes to race.
> --
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