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Discussion on: Planning Tech Events with Religious and Cultural Calendar Sensitivity

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Ben Greenberg Author

Hey, thanks for your comment!

I love the quote from Bob Marley, and totally agree that "trying to be kind and inclusive to anyone does no harm," which is why I offered some practical tips in the post about how to be calendrically sensitive! :)

I do think it's interesting that just about every reasonable person agrees nowadays that gender, mobility, racial diversity are non-negotiable. That, as you know, was not the case for a long time, and is only recently such an obvious idea for lots of people.

However, we still have problems with thinking that people's lifestyle, regardless of how much of a choice it is or is not, should also be included in inclusion work. You could say that a diversity of ideas is exactly what makes us human! Respecting and being mindful of that diverse marketplace of ideas is actually respecting our humanity.

re: cultural calendar sensitivity -- absolutely! First of all, speaking personally, being Jewish is not only about religion. It is a cultural expression, an ethnic expression, and a national expression, all together, so special dates on the calendar are not only religious dates, but also cultural, ethnic and national. But, more broadly, we just passed Cinco de Mayo, which is an important cultural and national date for Mexicans worldwide.

Have a great day! :)