Are you passionate about consent, sexuality and kink education and activism? We want you to be part of the conversation on March 11th, 2017!
ConsentCon is a place for people to come together and learn from one another around the topics of consent, sexuality, kink and the interplay of the three. We will be spending the afternoon of Saturday, March 11th exploring topics and engaging in conversations using Open Space principles. This format’s success depends on the timely arrival and participation of all attendees. Refreshments will be on hand, and you are welcome to bring your own. After a dinner break, the Consent Academy is hosting a social where we will continue the discussion in a more relaxed format. For more details of the event, visit the calendar listing.
Based on “Open Space principles”, ConsentCon is going to be both familiar and entirely new. Kinksters and Activists have been enjoying this kind of format for years at events such as Undressing Normal, KinkForAll, and GRUE – but each happening is a special kind of event.
Every session topic at a ConsentCon has exactly one criteria: passion. What are you passionate about? Teach it, talk about it with others, ask questions. Just one thing: if you want it to happen, you have to do it. Unlike other conferences, where the staff has worked like crazy to deliver you great classes with renowned presenters, at ConsentCon you create your own classes.
Registration opens at 1:00pm on Saturday, March 11. At 1:30pm, Open Space veteran Octavia and her team of ConsentCon facilitators will lead the attendees through some fast-paced exercises to generate the schedule for the afternoon. Trust me, you’re going to want to be there early to get in on the action as soon as it starts.
You bring your passion, your knowledge, and willingness to participate! Don’t worry about whether or not other people will be interested in your topic: if you’re passionate about it, that’s enough. Don’t worry about being an “expert” – again, if you’re passionate about it, you have enough opinions and experience to at least have a good discussion about it. Decide if you think it’s a half-hour, 45 minutes, or a one hour session, and put it on the board. The facilitators will help.
Again: the schedule will fill up quickly. So it’s important to be there on time and participate in the creation of the schedule, as well as learn how the space works. After the grid fills, the space will open for the sessions. The main room will be sectioned to allow for some sound separation, plus the courtyard and some hallways, will be available for use. The sessions can range from a lecture, a round table discussion, a group problem-solving task force, or even just a few friends gathering in a corner working out exactly what it is that intrigues us about sexuality/consent/kink and how we view it.
We will have a computer set up as a Note Taking station. Notes will be available online to all participants. Look for easels with paper and pens around the space to assist in getting your ideas out visually.
At about 6:00, everyone will gather in the main space again, and acknowledge each other’s contribution – whether presenting, attending, discussing, whatever. Some call this a “Closing Circle”, or liken it to resolution. Think of it as necessary aftercare – if not for you, then for the others who were in the ConsentCon with you. It’s important and enlightening. You’ll want to be there. Be prepared.