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Janet Gunter - Reflections of a participant observer

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Janet Gunter - Reflections of a participant observer

  1. 1. Reflections of a participant* (activist?) observer @JanetGunter @RestartProject *Huge disclaimers
  2. 2. “care-work” in makerspaces unpaid, unacknowledged labour for community
  3. 3. Mel Chua “It’s Almost As If I Could Only Enter the Makerspace as the Janitor”: The environments where I was trying to ‘learn about the geeky stuff’ were sociotechnically broken in a way that made it hard for me (a disabled minority woman, among other things) to join in. If I even wanted to start being a part of the community, I had to start by fixing the technical community.
  4. 4. Mel Chua “It’s Almost As If I Could Only Enter the Makerspace as the Janitor”: If my teenage self had had her way, I would have never gone into community work… I’d be a kernel hacker or an embedded geek.
  5. 5. meeting people where they are opening up is not enough
  6. 6. dialogic modes of learning giving and getting in return

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