080: Crafting A Community with Kris Howard

May 16th, 2018 · 1 hr 6 mins

About this Episode

02:05 – Knitting and Computing

Software Art Thou: Knit One, Compute One with Kris Howard


06:17 – The Knitting Community Vs The Software Community

09:38 – Moderation and Clear Communication of Expectations

12:50 – Welcoming New People

14:45 – Muscle Memory and Workflow; Teaching Others

19:09 – Information Exchange and Spreading Knowledge



25:16 – User Focus Vs Creator Focus

27:07 – Kris’ Superpower: Being a Social Extrovert

35:39 – Hard Work Vs Reframing

40:51 – Gender Differences in “Crafting”

"Read a comment this morning stating that Maker culture is 80% male and had to laugh. Only if you discount the millions of women sewing, knitting, weaving, and more. But oh right, they're just "crafters." That artificial distinction enrages me. 😡" ~ Kris Howard

25:16 – The “Craftsman” Gender Controversy

Twitter Discussion


Kris: Thinking about your environment.

John: Onboarding community members and the importance of making that ramp as shallow as possible.

Jessica: Choosing a tribe based on inclusivity.

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