I told a friend of mine that I should post my rant to facebook, so herewith is that rant (take it with a glass of wine, a bit of cheese and cracker and the humor in which it is intended, please).: Where are my enby peeps at in the pcon submission pool? Ya’ll don’t have to do a ritual or an item about non-binary-ness but I’d love to see rituals and items that are INCLUSIVE of same (pretty please and it doesn’t have to be the enbys that do the heavy lifting, anyone can include the broader range). Where are […]
Building a schedule that brings in new audiences while still pleasing the majority of the old audience can be a challenge. If you’re smart there is natural turnover in a conference schedule anyway as people stop presenting (for whatever reason) and you need to fill those spots. That isn’t enough though. You should keep an ear out for who the new voices are, especially the ones that aren’t often heard from, the magical ‘under represented’ category.
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 […]
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). […]
From the inside it’s hard for me to typify what my role is at PantheaCon because while pieces of it undoubtedly show my influence there are whole bits of it that existed long before I was there and have shaped the event that exists. I can’t tell if people are over-estimating or under-estimating my influence and that includes myself. When I joined in 2007 it was because someone I knew was on staff and there was an opening in Operations. I worked a single year there and then moved to Auction to Programming. I’ve staffed at cons since the […]