We have a lot of work to do, and here's how we do it. Below are a variety of initiatives GAB is currently working on. These project teams and committees are cross-disciplinary, bringing people together from all the divisions of GAB's team as well as short-term volunteers from the GAB community.
How does it work?
GAB Team members and pledgees suggest initiatives to GAB's core leadership. If approved, the core leadership selects someone from the GAB Team or community to take the lead on that initiative. Then that person is responsible for shaping the initiative, selecting the team, and providing leadership and supervision.
How can I help?
Some of the initiatives below are discrete projects with deadlines (first half), others are ongoing committees (second half). Please be aware of the length of commitment as you decide whether or not you're interested in helping.
Join a team: scroll down, look for an initiative that strikes your fancy, see if they are in need of someone with your skills, and click "Join this team" to get started. You'll fill out a brief survey, which the team leader will receive, and they will be in touch shortly thereafter.
Write for GAB
Start a team: have an idea for something you think GAB should be working on? Send an email with a description of the initiative to [email protected]. Please be as thorough in that email as possible, and be sure to include a description of the initiative, why it's important, scope (is this an ongoing committee or a project with a deadline?), and skills needed in team members. If you'd like to be the leader of the initiative, please include a brief statement describing relevant leadership experiences, skills, and why you are the person for that role.
We are always looking for writers to cover industry events, write opinion-editorials, or educational pieces that align with the GAB mission. Interested? Submit a piece to Elizabeth, our Director of Education, by email: elizabeth (at) gamersagainstbigory (dot) org.
Be a GAB Advocate
The Gamers Against Bigotry Advocate (GABA) role is an entry-level way to help the org. It's a commitment that fits right between signing the pledge and volunteering for an official team position, and allows individuals who may not have a lot of extra free time to have a meaningful impact on our cause.
If you're curious about becoming a GABA, or would like to know more about what the role entails, send us an email and (in less than 100 words) tell us why you signed you pledge: volunteer (at) gamersagainstbigory (dot) org.
A few people had already gone out of their way to email and ask how they could help, leading to the creation of this page. Those people should be given crowns and scepters to recognize them as Queens and Kings of Awesome. We are certainly in need of a lot of help, and the list will only keep growing as the organization does.
(If you’d rather donate money than time, click here.)
First off, the most important thing any single person can do to help is simply tell everyone they know about GAB, and get them to sign the pledge.
Below are roles/skills we are always in need of. A quick and important note up front: GAB is a 100% volunteer initiative, but we are certainly willing to work with you to get college credit for your position (as a practicum, intern, or otherwise, just get in touch).
Email us at volunteer (at) gamers against bigotry (dot) org if you want to help! Be sure to include the area/role for which you’re wanting to volunteer.
- Gamers Against Bigotry Advocates: this is the best first opportunity for folks who are looking to help GAB in a meaningful way (beyond signing the pledge), but aren’t sure how much time they can commit. Learn more about this role here.
- PHP/MySQL Developers: if you have extensive experience with PHP and MySQL development, we’d love your help in improving the back-end of the pledge. We’d like it to be closer to the brick house from Three Little Pigs, and right now it’s much more straw-esque.
- Writers/Journalists: share your opinion, interview influential folks in the gaming community/industry and share theirs, whatever it may be, there’s a good chance we’d like to provide a platform for you here.
- Designers/Pixel Artists: we’d love to create a lot of GAB propaganda like the Action Plan, but it takes time and skill, two things you have, right? Right.
- Mods/Community Leaders: it’d be great to have GAB-specific forums, gaming groups (e.g., a GAB Steam Group), etc., but we need people who are willing to step up, get ’em going, and make sure they don’t suck.
- HTML5/JS or Python Developers: know your way around a mobile web app? Jump on board and we’ll catch you up on a few projects we’ve got cookin’ in the GAB kitchen.
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As a gamer, I realize I contribute to an incredibly diverse social network of gamers around the world, and that my actions have the ability to impact others. In effort to make a positive impact, and to create a community that is welcoming to all, I pledge to not use bigoted language while gaming, online and otherwise.
Bigoted language includes, but is not limited to, slurs based on
Read more about the pledge, including what is and isn't included, and the overall purpose here.
Read why you shouldn't use the word "rape" casually here.