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The importance of offline community

By Selena Deckelmann
June 1, 2009

Today, the June issue of the Open Source Business Review debuts. It features nine women who are active in open source development—​as developers, organizers and business leaders.

I wrote about offline community, and how techies in Portland, OR manage to get connected to each other, and how they’ve encouraged participation from women. You don’t often find women at a user group or even a tech-focused meetup at a restaurant or bar. Portland, somehow, has managed to encourage the women in the community to participate and lead. I talk about what I think the factors were that led to the higher percentage of women involved in the community today.

Let me know what you think!



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