For so many, conversations about diversity and inclusion (D&I) feel rehashed and unproductive: the same stats outlining the dearth of women and POC in leadership roles, frustrations about insufficient executive buy-in for internal D&I initiatives, the old argument over whether diversity is a pipeline problem or a wider societal and structural problem. (Hint: It’s both.) Over time, despite their importance, these carefully presented facts and conversations can cycle into inertia and fatigue.
At Medium, we feel that as long as these conversations take place exclusively within the bubbles of individual organizations, we miss out on the opportunity to come together…
Medium is a tight-knit group of incredibly dedicated, thoughtful people who are all obsessed with making Medium a phenomenal product for everyone to use. We’re so excited about what we do here, and we know that to have the best chance at success, we must build a diverse and inclusive company.
Armed with this knowledge, we’ve spent the past year focusing and prioritizing our diversity and inclusion efforts. We signed the Tech Inclusion Pledge, and as a part of that commitment, we’re using our platform to share an update on our internal demographics.
We have further to go, but in…
This was published on January 15, 2015 on Hatch, our internal version of Medium. See Hatching Inside Medium for context on this collection.
Last Tuesday, we at Backchannel bumped the story we’d scheduled for that Friday and decided to see if we could find one or two UGC (user-generated content) stories that would clear our bar. Executive Editor Sandra Upson came up with two: one about a self-described “actual teenager” discussing what social networks he and his friends liked, and a story about washing out of Y Combinator. …
In case you didn’t know, diversity in the workplace is a good idea. It builds better, stronger teams by expanding the collective knowledge of the company, improves profitability, and can boost morale.
Diversity is especially important to us at Medium. Our audience is everyone in the world. If we have a homogenous group making the decisions on how to build our product, we’re going to have a pretty narrow perspective and a one-sided experience.
Yesterday afternoon Medium co-filed an amicus brief in support of net neutrality at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. This brief is a joint effort with Automattic, Reddit, Squarespace, Yelp, and Twitter. We’re glad to be part of this group and proud of the brief. Net neutrality is crucial for our platform and our users.
What’s the case?
United States Telecom Association, et al. v. FCC and USA. It’s basically a bundle of cases brought by various broadband providers. They’re suing the FCC.
Why are they suing the FCC?
Because they don’t like the Net Neutrality. Earlier this year, the…