This past Saturday I co-organized Portland’s first CLSx Event which we had at Mozilla’s Offices and the discussions we had were really great with many centering around barriers to participation and increasing diversity in communities.
We also dived into some great discussion about curating resources available to communities and really picked apart six or so topics from a dozen or so angles and through various lenses of participants.
I have to say it was really impressive to see the level of diversity we had in attendee turnout with a majority of attendees being women and most attendees being from non-tech community backgrounds.
At the end of the event we spent a good 15 minutes discussing improvements for the next CLSxPortland and discussed whether having another event in a few months would be worthwhile. Overall, I think the event was a great success and I think our next CLSx will be even bigger and better.