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TheRulesOfKinkForAll

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KinkForAll Core Concepts

 

KinkForAll is a serendipitous, ad-hoc unconference about the intersection of sexuality with the rest of life. Here are its core concepts:

 

  • No spectators, only participants. Attendees must give a talk or presentation, help with one, or otherwise contribute in some way. This is called sharing and we like it.
  • Every aspect of an event's organization is publicly transparent and participant-driven. Anyone can OrganizeALocalKinkForAll.
  • Anyone can present on any topic with any relation to sexuality.
  • All presentations are scheduled the day they happen—there are no pre-scheduled sessions or keynote addresses.
  • Presentations are purposefully a strict 20 minutes in order to keep the day and the discussions moving.
  • Sessions will go on as long as they have to or until they run into another filled presentation slot, whichever comes first.
  • If you want to give a presentation, you must write your topic and name in an open session slot on the schedule grid.
  • Presentations promoting specific commercial products, organizations, or companies are discouraged.
  • Presenters are encouraged to ensure that notes, slides, audio, and/or video of their presentations or sessions are published on the Web for the benefit of all and those who can't attend.
  • Recording devices such as cameras and microphones are allowed in order to create and share knowledge and experience. Participants always have the option to opt out of being photographed or otherwise recorded.
  • Like all public spaces, you are expected to treat participants at KinkForAll in a courteous and respectful manner.
  • Personal explicit sexual activities as a form of private play is not permitted. KinkForAll is an informational space; in other words, it's a place to talk with one another, not play with one another.

 

Read more about WhatToExpect.

 

The Rules of KinkForAll

 

(The below shamelessly stolen from TheRulesOfBarCamp, originally by Tantek Çelik as parodied from The Rules of Fight Club.)

 

  1. You do talk about KinkForAll.
  2. You do blog about KinkForAll.
  3. If you want to present, you must write your topic and name in a presentation slot.
  4. Only 3 word intros at the beginning of the event.
  5. As many presentations at a time as facilities allow for.
  6. No pre-scheduled presentations, no tourists.
  7. Presentations will go on as long as they have to or until they run into another presentation slot.
  8. If this is your first time at KinkForAll, you have to present. (Okay, you don't really have to, but try to find someone to present with, or at least ask questions and be an interactive participant.)

 

Additional guidelines and details

 

These guidelines are designed to inspire a creative, interactive and open environment where participants can feel comfortable and gain valuable insight. They attempt to embody ThePrinciplesOfKinkForAll. Specific KinkForAll events may choose to extend this list with rules that are specific to their local event but, at a minimum, they must adhere to the core set of concepts and rules described on this page.

 

  • No spectators, only participants. Attendees must give a talk or presentation, or help with one. This is called sharing and we like it. Alternatively, attendees can help pitch in by assisting with set up, clean up, or otherwise making sure things run smoothly. The point is to be interactive: this is not a tourist space.
  • All presentations are scheduled the day they happen. Prepare in advance (if you want to), but come early to get a slot on the wall. The people present at the event will select the demos or presentations they want to see.
  • Like all public spaces, you are expected to treat participants at KinkForAll in a courteous and respectful manner. Everyone is given an opportunity to wear a specially colored name tag in order to signal to others that they do not wish to be recorded; do not record images of people whose name tags bear this mark. However, since recording devices such as cameras are allowed (learn why) anonymity cannot be guaranteed, and your vocal participation in a recorded session implies your consent to be recorded in whatever way the session is being documented.  We rely on participants to obey these rules, empower them to help ensure that others do as well, and trust everyone to take personal responsibility for the situations and circumstances they engage with in public spaces.
  • The time frame is strict. Presentation times are purposefully a short 20 minutes in order to keep the day and the discussions moving. When you have 3 minutes remaining for your presentation, timekeepers will quickly announce the upcoming sessions in each room. Avoid using two presentation slots for a presentation that will not fit within one; it's a bit like being on a crowded bus and putting your feet up on the seats next to you. (Read more about why presentation slots are limited to 20 minutes.)
  • At busy events, give one and only one presentation. You probably have mountains of valuable experience to share, but you can often do this just as successfully (if not more successfully) by being part of an engaged audience as you can by giving a presentation. Be generous and prepared to give others the floor, especially to someone who has not lead a session yet that day, or ever. ("Step up, and step back." That is, step up to take the floor, and step back if you hear only yourself speaking.)
  • Anyone can present, on any topic related to sexuality. You do not necessarily have to teach a new skill or idea. You might share an experience, facilitate a discussion, or read a poem. The goal is to start a conversation, make connections, and exchange knowledge.
  • Don't participate on behalf of others. If you want to lead a session, come early to get a slot on the wall—don't ask others to reserve a slot for you, and don't sign up on behalf of anyone but yourself. If someone asks you to reserve a presentation slot for them, politely decline and remind them that they need to be present to participate in that way for themselves.
  • Presentations promoting specific commercial products, organizations, or companies are discouraged. Hold a DemoCamp session/slot for folks to demonstrate specific commercial products and so on rather than take up whole slots with company pitches.
  • Do your best to ensure that notes/slides/audio/video of your presentation is published on the web for the benefit of all and those who can't attend. You are also principally responsible for the health and safety of those who participate in your presentations.

 

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