REBALANCING POWER: DISRUPTING SEXISM, HARASSMENT, & ASSAULT IN THE WORKPLACE AND BEYOND
On November 13th, sf.citi’s One City Forum event series continues with Rebalancing Power, an evening dedicated to fighting sexism, harassment, and assault in the workplace and beyond.
With the rise of #MeToo and the recent Senate hearing between Dr. Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh, few conversations could be more important than that on sexual assault and harassment. Like other sectors, the technology industry has been far from immune to increasing scrutiny and criticism around sexual misconduct in the workplace.
That is why sf.citi has partnered with Callisto, a Y-Combinator backed nonprofit reinventing how we report sexual assault, to host this timely discussion and showcase ways technology can be part of the solution. Hosted at sf.citi member company Okta, Rebalancing Power will feature an incredible panel of policy and industry leaders, including Callisto CEO Jess Ladd and many more names soon to be announced.
Following the theme of past One City Forum events, the evening will bring together a blend of industries and attendees for a one of a kind conversation not to be missed.
TALKING EMERGING TECH WITH SUPERVISOR CANDIDATES JESSICA HO & SONJA TRAUSS
Last week, sf.citi members met at Cruise for the latest edition of our Lunch and Learn series with District 4 Supervisor Candidate Jessica Ho and District 6 Supervisor Candidate Sonja Trauss. Representatives from Lyft, Waymo, and Zoox were present—along with a number of other sf.citi member companies—making for a lively discussion on the future of emerging mobility technology in San Francisco.
Up first, Jessica Ho described her policy priorities for D4 and San Francisco at large. Along with seeing a coordinated plan among all departments working on homelessness, she hopes to expand affordable housing and improve the permitting process for small business owners. Having worked for the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and for current D4 Supervisor Katy Tang, Ho emphasized, “I have a keen understanding of systems because I’ve worked at the federal, state, and local levels of government.”
For Part Two of our discussion, D6 Supervisor candidate Sonja Trauss outlined her ambition of legalizing affordable housing all over the city. She pointed out that some affordable housing advocates are not aware of the city’s demolition controls, which prevent the destruction of old multi-family developments in order to build new ones. In other words, Trauss explained, building new housing in San Francisco doesn’t mean displacing people. Learn more about Sonja’s thoughts on tech and policy in SF by (re)watching our District 6 Supervisor Debate at Lyft.
Question for the candidates: How do tech workers engage locally and what more can they do?
Ho: “I think it would be really great to have representatives from tech companies come to our actual community meetings. Maybe even people who live in those neighborhoods encourage them to go out and be involved in the community, volunteering, to help clean and green the area, and really just interacting with the people that already live there, and listening to what their needs are.”
Trauss: “Tech workers, I’m very encouraged, are getting involved in local politics – I mean they live here. Everybody should be involved locally in their own neighborhoods. Nobody should feel like they’re too good for politics, or too bad for politics.”
Join future conversations with SF candidates and officials by becoming an sf.citi member today!
sf.citi MEMBER AIRBNB GIVES BACK THROUGH OPEN HOMES
In the latest sf.citi blog, we learn how sf.citi member Airbnb brought the best of technology and people together through its Open Homes program.
Working closely with many tech companies in San Francisco, sf.citi sees time and time again how technology acts as a powerful force for good, both here in our city and beyond. One such example comes from sf.citi member Airbnb, whose home-sharing platform has emboldened ordinary people to carry out extraordinary acts of kindness.
Following Hurricane Sandy, Airbnb redesigned its platform overnight to help hosts to share their space for free. Since its inception in 2012, Open Homes has prompted people around the world to open their homes to people fleeing natural disasters (including the recent Northern California wildfires), conflict, and many other unexpected situations.
Learn more about Open Homes and how you too can use tech for good in your neighborhood.
DID YOU KNOW?
October 22nd—just FOUR DAYS away—is the last day to register to vote in San Francisco for the November 6th election. If you haven’t done so already, register here. And while you’re at it, learn more about our city’s local ballot measures in the sf.citi November 2018 Voter Guide.
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