03_3456x5184The Mad Writers keep referring to building your community and this week they are putting their money where their mouth is. They are joined by Crystal Huff who has been involved in ALL THE CONS. She also fights the kyriarchy professionally through giving workshops and for example consulting companies on creating a welcoming environment as well as dealing with Impostor Syndrome. The panelists cover how to deal with horrible situations, how to get new people without losing all of the old ones and how to make sure the community doesn’t die because the people who started it are tired. The entire episode is full of amazing content, you may want to have a notepad handy!

Notable Notes

Crystal Huff is the Executive Director of Inclusion Through Innovation and former Executive Director of The Ada Initiative. She has a long history of professional and volunteer efforts in technology and geek culture, with a particular commitment to anti-harassment and impostor syndrome work. Crystal runs science fiction conventions in her spare time, most notably the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland. She speaks fluent English, rusty American Sign Language, and beginner Finnish cussing.
Crystal can be found online at crystalhuff.com and on Twitter as @arisiacrystal and @CrystalMHuff

Recommended Reading

Crystal’s recommendation: The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu

Tim’s recommendation: Air Vol. 1: Letters from Lost Countries by G. Willow Wilson and M.K.Perker

Nina’s recommendation: Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

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Intro and outro music comes from “Cephalopod” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com); licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0