…“Greed Over Humanity,” a culture that has become too familiar and overlooked in the tech community. It’s individual moments and conversations like these, brief moments of thoughtlessness and missed opportunities for connection, that collectively perpetuate the problems of diversity in tech. Indeed, we should be slow to downplay the severity of even the briefest interaction we may have with other people.
…design — but let’s be real: people like the idea of empathy without actually having to practice it. You cannot practice empathy in this conversation without learning two key skills: perspective taking and identifying emotions in others. If we as a community could nail down these two skills, then we could actually begin to go somewhere…
And while I’m sure most people believe that diversity brings “a deeper, fuller better lived life” (or whatever that romanticized statement means), I think that the way people within the tech community talk about it forgets that people are LITERALLY being affected by what is coming out of their mouths. That things like privilege actually influence how you communicate to people.
…nd not considering how it’s being received and interpreted by populations underrepresented in tech. In other words, the disconnect is that people forget that this is a conversation and words matter. More times than not, it actually sounds more like this: