Tag Archive for ‘involvement’: Blog: Refresh Events

Tag Archive for ‘involvement’: Blog: Refresh Events

Traditionally a “community” has been defined as a group of interacting people living in a common location. Currently there are dozens of different types of communities, and even many more definitions of what “community” really is. I’d like to post some thoughts on community building, as it is the core of what Refresh has set out to do; build a community and promote it.

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FITC’s recent play to encourage more women to attend their conference (http://www.fitc.ca/female/) surprised me. I’ve never felt marginalized or excluded as a woman working in the interactive media industry. Sure, FITC last year was dominated by males in both presenters and attendees, but for a conference that’s skewed toward the development side, it’s not a surprise. I don’t think I’m shocking anyone by stating the obvious: the majority of developers right now are male. There are likely socio-cultural reasons behind that, and I think that’s going to change in the next five to ten years—but that’s not what I wanted to write about. I wanted to address the general issue about how there aren’t a lot of women involved in the interactive community.

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