I recently wrote an article for Model View Culture on the alcohol and inclusivity in the tech industry:
I put forward a few recommendations for making events and conferences more welcoming by including delicious non-alcoholic drinks alongside the alcoholic ones.
I’d like to continue the discussion with folks on here. I’d love to hear more advice on what I can do as a community manager to make everyone welcome regarding drink choices. Despite being very aware of these issues (and being a non-drinker myself), I still struggle not to plan community events where alcohol is the key focus. I’m trying to change things, but it’s a process, and it’s tough.
Anyone have additional advice based on making community events less alcohol-centric, or advice for including alcohol without creating an event where folks are pressured to drink?
EDIT: I intended to mention this and accidentally left it out: thanks to everyone from the CLS 2014 for being so supportive of my lightening talk on this topic! It was a big step towards me feeling more comfortable talking about this stuff