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The importance of offline community

Today, the June issue of the Open Source Business Review debuts. It features nine women who are active in open source development - as developers, organizers and business leaders.

I wrote about offline community, and how techies in Portland, OR manage to get connected to each other, and how they've encouraged participation from women. You don't often find women at a user group or even a tech-focused meetup at a restaurant or bar. Portland, somehow, has managed to encourage the women in the community to participate and lead. I talk about what I think the factors were that led to the higher percentage of women involved in the community today.

Let me know what you think!

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