A Modification of Dissent Without Modification

Last week I was very excited when my copy of the book Dissent Without Modification arrived. Back in 2013 I had a conversation with Grace Ndiritu in the living room of my friend Paul Mason's apartment in Glasgow, and here it was at last in print. The interview had been published long ago on a website, but I never looked up the interview. Now I wish that I had. Unfortunately, there are some mistakes that I really should have caught and asked to have corrected before the book went to print.

The biggest error is in my bio. I feel really bad about this one, because it makes it look like I was the executive director of Mothership Hackermoms. I was not. I was simply a person who helped that women-led hackerspace in its early days as part of the work that I did with School Factory before joining Geeks WIthout Bounds full time. I went looking through my emails to see if I had sent Grace a proper bio, and I had. The bio I sent her on 5 November 2014 said:

Lisha Sterling is the executive director at Geeks Without Bounds, a non profit organization which supports humanitarian open source projects through a combination of hackathons and an accelerator program which takes prototype projects through a six month path of mentorship toward sustainability. She has worked for over 20 years in software development and IT management. Her focus on open source technologies is an ethical choice to build tools which are accessible to all no matter their financial circumstance. She has a wide range of teaching experience in both formal classrooms and informal environments. She is a proponent of "unschooling", even within the school setting, arguing that all humans are essentially curious and that the fastest route to learning requires teachers to bait students with interesting challenges and then get out of the way. In 2014 she was listed by the P2P Foundation as one of their "100 women building the Peer to Peer Society."

I feel like I saw a copy of the bio with the error in it which appears in the book, and I feel like I sent her an email correction, but I can't find evidence of either of those things in any of my email accounts, so I just don't know. I would like to apologize to the women who were the real leaders at Mothership Hackermoms, especially founder Sho Sho Smith, for my part in allowing this error to end up in print.

You can find out more about Mothership Hackermoms at their website, on this Wikipedia article, or in this Wired article from 2012.

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