I'd like to gather our collective observations and apply them to increasing the variety of ideas that are brought to our conferences and the variety of people we reach with our ideas. My first practical applications will be software-oriented conferences, but I think the best suggestions may come from non-software events. Think broadly; where have you been amongst a bunch of people who differ from you, where you benefited, learned, and taught?
The question usually comes to me regarding women, but I'm interested in other kinds of diversity, too:
- interaction style
- experience level
- type of experience
- project methodology preference
If you don't mind, ask this question around. I'm looking for a bunch of contributions that are, well, diverse.