Andrea Middleton – Featured Speaker

Andrea is coming to us from California and WC Central. She is speaking Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in Rm 149. Her topic is on how to build community. Let’s get to know her…

I’m a sci-fi/fantasy enthusiast, former English teacher, and wine lover. This year, I started learning to play piano! (I’m not very good yet.)

I’m going to talk about how speaking and listening help create community, and what that community does for the WordPress open source project. I’ll be referencing an essay by Ursula K Le Guin called “Telling Is Listening” from her book “The Wave In The Mind,” and talking about how powerful it can be when people who are usually silent speak up, and how powerful it can be for people who are usually talkers, to listen more.

If you’re curious about what kind of place the WordPress open source community might have for you, this would be a great talk to attend. Also, if you are interested in helping improve communication in your local community or heck, any group of people that you interact with, this talk might be useful and interesting. 🙂

I have never been to Toronto in my whole entire life, so I’m looking forward to getting to know the city! I love WordCamps for a lot of reasons: I always enjoy learning about how WordPress touches the lives of so many people, and I love meeting people in “real life” that I’ve interacted with online over the years. So whether we’ve met before or not, please feel free to introduce yourself to me — I’m very friendly, and I love meeting WordPress enthusiasts!

Connect with Andrea through her speaker profile.


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