Diversity and inclusivity of life experiences in communities


John Mertic

Job title

Director of Program Management


The Linux Foundation


DevRelCon Earth 2020

The Linux Foundation’s John Mertic shares his personal experiences in open source communities, as well as in his own family, of understanding diversity and inclusive spaces.

He talks about trauma and the effects of trauma in individuals and how this shapes their actions and behaviours, how to be supportive of and create inclusive spaces for people with diverse life experiences, and ways to work with people in your community that might be considered “bad actors” but really might be suffering from the effects of traumatic life experiences.


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