Since about 2013-2014 anti-harassment and anti-racism statements for conferences have become the norm, or rather, they should be and are becoming one. It’s certainly spread further and faster since then as things like Occupy and #blacklivesmatter have pushed to the forefront. A good policy has the following things going for it: A statement of what it is, how it will be enforced, how to report an incident and staff training. All of these are important. Don’t think you can draft up a policy and slap it up on a poster and on the website and you’re done. It’s as simple […]
On the Saturday evening of PantheaCon 2016 I facilitated a discussion around racism within a tradition. It was by far the thing I most got asked about for the rest of the weekend so I thought I’d break down the steps of what I did to manage the conversation. This is not a recipe that can be followed and work every time but it is what I used to set the intention of the space and the conversation.
I posted to facebook a rather hurried blur of what my experience of con was like this year and I’ve always meant to post the full deal and haven’t. Below the cut is an example of how the year between cons goes for me. I wish I’d had this template to work from when I started. Myself and my predecessors cobbled this together out of painful experience. This is a schedule that works really well for us and hits all of our internal deadlines. Your mileage may vary.
We name a problem AND our best idea for a solution to it. As someone who is reading through the feedback from con the first is always super helpful and the second rarely is. Instead, I suggest this – name the problem and if you are asked, then offer what you think the solution can be. I do it too when I’m not thinking all the way through stuff. It’s really easy to sit back and backseat drive/armchair quarterback. When I was in the SCA I heard a very wise thing from a marshall (the safety monitor for fighters). […]