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Announcing Norwescon's Harassment Policy

Announcing Norwescon’s Harassment Policy

Norwescon is proud to announce the addition of a harassment policy to our organizational rules and guidelines. For a little bit of background on the process, read on, or to view the policy itself just scroll further down this page or visit our rules and guidelines page.

Background

While convention harassment policies have been a hot topic over the past weeks, we actually started the process of working on our policy almost a year ago, in October of 2012. A few people had noticed that we did not have such a policy (beyond a generic “reserve the right to refuse service” clause), and approached our Executive Team about whether it would be possible to create one.

While open to the idea, our Executive Team wanted to be sure that we didn’t simply adopt an existing policy that might not take into account our convention’s culture, or that might have wording that could end up becoming problematic if enforcement was ever necessary. To avoid these potential concerns, a “Safe Committee” was created and tasked with researching harassment policies, making a recommendation as to whether a policy was needed, and (if so decided) proposing a draft policy.

The committee started discussion among themselves, made a public announcement and called for community input in January, and held an open panel during Norwescon 36 so that they could gather more input from Norwescon’s attendees.

During their discussions, the committee did their utmost to avoid prejudging the answer. They looked at arguments both for and against the addition of a policy. They looked at other conventions, their policies, and what the outcomes of those policies were (when known). Many people took time to email the committee with their concerns, and the panel at NWC36 gathered more worthwhile comments.

Eventually, the committee reached a unanimous agreement to recommend adoption of a policy, and submitted a recommended policy to the Norwescon 37 Executive Team in June of 2013 for discussion at the Executive Retreat (planning meeting) in early August. The executive team made some adjustments to the policy and returned it to the Safe Committee, who then recommended a few more changes. After a final editing pass, the Executive team approved the policy, and Norwescon is proud to be able to add the finalized policy to Norwescon’s rules and guidelines.

All of the Safe committee members would like to thank each of you who contacted them with your concerns, the Executive Team for allowing them to work on this project, and all of Norwescon’s membership for your understanding and patience as the “behind the scenes” work was in progress.

Norwescon’s Harassment Policy

Norwescon strives to provide a safe and welcoming space for persons of all descriptions. Everyone should be able to have a great time, in their own way, at the convention—but not at the expense of others. As a community, we insist on behavior that respects the autonomy of each individual member.

Norwescon members and convention staff have the right to be free from unwanted harassment at the convention and while performing convention-related duties throughout the year. Harassment is behavior which focuses unwelcome attention on a person and either inappropriately crosses reasonable expectations of social boundaries, or continues after a clear showing of disinterest or a request to desist.

Harassment during the year may be reported to the Personnel executive, the person’s immediate supervisor, or the chair or vice chair. At the convention, reports of harassment are handled by convention security or the Personnel executive. Any staff member wearing a convention badge may receive a report of harassment. It is each staff member’s responsibility to treat a person making such a report with respect, and to offer to accompany the person to convention security or the Personnel executive. The Personnel executive may designate a person to receive reports of harassment on his or her behalf.

Violations of this policy may lead to a range of consequences based on the circumstances, from a warning to more serious steps, such as revocation of convention membership or banning from future conventions.

Convention staff are required to report all incidents brought to their attention. These incidents should be reported to convention security or the Personnel executive as soon as possible.

Missing: Canon G9 camera

My Canon G9 camera went missing on Friday, probably in Evergreen rooms, after the concerts. I thought I'd simply mispacked it during gear cleanup, but it's looking like that's not the case. If anyone found it - it's a small black squarish point-and-shoot format camera, was almost certainly in a small camera bag with strap - I would appreciate it. It'll have pictures from that evening's concert series on it.

Thanks!

nwcMUSIC pages up!

Oh awesome, the nwcMUSIC preview pages are up! Check all these out:

This is the landing page, kind of an overview of what's going on and what we're about. Plus it has a picture of The Screech sitting on Richard Glover's head.

Here we have the concerts page, which has playable tracks from most of the people who have stage time. Not all, because some people don't do that, which is totally cool. But most.

Workshops, events, and more workshops! Did I mention workshops? Also panel programming, we have that too. Like Cascadia's Got Talent!, our tongue-in-cheek talent show. There are prizes - terrible, terrible prizes. XD

Pass these around to anybody who might be coming, or thinking about coming, to Norwescon this year. I'm really pretty happy with where nwcMUSIC is going, and people have a good time once they find out about it, so let them know.

Hey everybody, I'm Dara, head of nwcMUSIC, music programming at Norwescon. WELCOME TO THE GEEKMUSIC GRID!

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There are so many things to talk about I don’t know where to start, even. MONSTARRS OF NERDCORE is a two-hour multiband nerdcore extravaganza, featuring Death*Star and Klopfenpop, and possibly a surprise. Yes, that’s Molly Lewis, making her debut at Norwescon on Saturday night, with Vixy & Tony as her backup band. Yes, that’s Hello The Future on Friday. Yes, Alexander James Adams will be doing one of his rare shows this year at our event. Yes, that’s Guest of Honour Catherine Asaro – who is also a musician as well as a writer and a brain surgeon research scientist, doing the Buckaroo Banzai/Hong Kong Cavaliers thing on Friday afternoon; CD Woodbury will be bringing in some of his friends as backup. And yes, that’s 13 hours of workshops and panel programming during the day, all with our determinedly DIY/participatory culture emphasis in mind.

Plus other artists I am so excited about I can’t even tell you. HeyLasFas? Pony Progrock. They released a concept album about the fall of Princess Luna, called Nightfall, and seriously it is amazing…

Now. Where. Were. We?

I’m not going to cover all this in one post, so you’ll have to take my word for it. We have so much going on this year we had to make a hopefully-one-time exception to one of our rules, and overlap music programming, just a little. (KidsFilk and MONSTARRS OF NERDCORE.) And if you know me, you know how much I try to avoid that – but there just wasn’t any other way to fit it all in. Chiptunes, filk, Jpop, nerdcore, ponyrock… did I mention Leannan Sidhe’s CD release concert? I guess I just did. XD

Easter weekend 2013, people. It’s gonna be epic.

Artists' Alley

Hey Everyone!

Have you been thinking about Artists' Alley and how you would love to participate this year? Do you have an application sitting in your inbox but haven't returned it to the AA Manager? Well if you are waiting you  had better get a move on!
Artists' Alley has begun to receive apps for this year and our slots will fill up very quickly (no, no not that...geesh).  I would love to see some new faces as well as ones that have been there before! If you are an artist and want to demo what you can do and teach a little about your art please come and join us. 
You can fill out an application through the main website or contact me for an electronic copy at artistsalley@norwescon.org/ 

I look forward to hearing from you!
David Ketcherside
Artsists' Alley Manager
Norwescon 36
The November Norwescon 36 planning meeting will be held soon:
DATE: Saturday, November 10th 2012
TIME: 
10:00 - 12:00  Executive Meeting
1:00 - 5:30    Convention Committee (ConCom) Meeting
PLACE:
DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport
18740 Pacific Highway South
SeaTac, WA 98188
206-246-8600

We will be meeting in the Maxi’s lounge area for this meeting.
Please consult the hotel readerboard when you arrive for the location of the meeting room. 

(NOTE there is a discounted charge of $8.00 for parking.)
For directions and a map, please see
http://doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/CTAC-DT-Doubletree-Hotel-Seattle-Airport-Washington/index.do

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The October Norwescon 36 planning meeting will be held soon:
DATE: Saturday, November 10th 2012
TIME: 
10:00 - 12:00  Executive Meeting
1:00 - 5:30    Convention Committee (ConCom) Meeting
PLACE:
DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport
18740 Pacific Highway South
SeaTac, WA 98188
206-246-8600


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The October Norwescon 36 planning meeting will be held soon:
DATE: Saturday, October 20th 2012
TIME: 
10:00 - 12:00  Executive Meeting
1:00 - 5:30    Convention Committee (ConCom) Meeting
PLACE:
DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport
18740 Pacific Highway South
SeaTac, WA 98188
206-246-8600

We will be meeting in the Maxi’s lounge area for this meeting.
Please consult the hotel readerboard when you arrive for the location of the meeting room. 


More information hereCollapse )

The October Norwescon 36 planning meeting will be held soon:
DATE: Saturday, October 20th, 2012
TIME: 
10:00 - 12:00  Executive Meeting
1:00 - 5:30    Convention Committee (ConCom) Meeting
PLACE:
DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport
18740 Pacific Highway South
SeaTac, WA 98188
206-246-8600

We be meeting in the Maxi’s lounge area for this meeting.
Please consult the hotel readerboard when you arrive for the location of the meeting room. 

(NOTE there is a discounted charge of $8.00 for parking.)
For directions and a map, please see
http://doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/CTAC-DT-Doubletree-Hotel-Seattle-Airport-Washington/index.do
 
FUTURE EVENTS:
November meeting: 11/10/2012
December meeting: 12/8/2012
January meeting: 1/12/2013
February meeting: 2/9/2013
March meeting: 3/9/2013
Stuffing party: 3/24/2013
Norwescon 36: 3/28-3/31/2013
Post con meeting: 4/20/2013

Norwescon 36 September 15th meeting

The September Norwescon 36 planning meeting will be held soon:
DATE: Saturday, September 15th, 2012 TIME: 10:00 - 12:00
Executive Meeting 1:00 - 5:30 Convention Committee (ConCom) Meeting
PLACE: DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport 18740 Pacific Highway South SeaTac, WA 98188 206-246-8600More information hereCollapse )

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