[OSM-talk] Call to Take Action and Confront Systemic Offensive Behavior in the OSM Community

Andrew Hain andrewhainosm at hotmail.co.uk
Thu Dec 10 22:02:28 UTC 2020

The big problem I have with this manifesto is that it brings divisive North American attitudes to a worldwide project. As a worldwide project, building a community of mappers from the whole world is our most important single diversity objective. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t encourage other underrepresented groups such as women, but we should step away from this kind of international combativeness and dog whistling. It may even be counterproductive: some feminists in my country think “diversity” has become a code word for misogyny.


From: Celine Jacquin <celija at gmail.com>
Sent: 09 December 2020 19:06
To: osmf-talk at openstreetmap.org <osmf-talk at openstreetmap.org>; talk at openstreetmap.org <talk at openstreetmap.org>
Subject: [OSM-talk] Call to Take Action and Confront Systemic Offensive Behavior in the OSM Community

Hello everybody
I hope you are all well

We, several groups, chapters, organizations and individuals, have reacted to the conversation in the osm-talk-list (https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/talk/2020-December/085692.html) considering that it is an incident symptomatic of the problem we have faced for many years in the community, which is one of the greatest obstacles to diversity at all levels of OSM. Time to make a real change.
That is why we have developed a beginning of statement on the desirable mechanisms to work solidly on the rules of coexistence and improve diversity.

We bring it to your attention and invite anyone who feels represented to sign it. Translations are in preparation (any help is welcome):

On behalf of the signatories
Best regards

Céline Jacquin
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