LES Conference Participant Agreements & Accessibility
We strive to create a conference space that is accessible, safe, and welcoming to all participants. We invite you to join us in following the guidelines below throughout the day in order to respect one another and one another’s viewpoints, to allow all voices to be heard, and to model the culture that can help create a better energy future for all New Hampshire residents.
Be Present - We will silence devices in group spaces, listen actively and generously, and be intentional about making connections.
Make Space / Take Space - We will be aware of how we’re participating in workshop spaces, balancing speaking, listening, and making space for others to participate.
Respect the Right to Self-Identify - We will ask people’s preferred gender pronouns, and refer to people in / on their own terms around name, race, age, ability and other identities.
Acknowledge Impact - We will take responsibility for how our words and actions impact others, whether intentional or not.
Take Care - We will take care of ourselves and those around us by maintaining our health, well-being, and energy throughout the event.
We also invite you to support the systems setup to increase accessibility of the event:
Physical accessibility. What you can do: Keep all wheelchair lanes passable for people using wheelchairs, and leave priority seating available for the people who have hearing, sight, or any other access needs.
Culture of learning accessibility. What you can do: Avoid jargon, ask and answer clarifying questions, explain names and acronyms, and “speak from the I” about individual experiences, truths, and opinions.
Gender inclusivity. What you can do: Simply use the bathroom that makes sense for you and let others do the same.
Thank you to our friends at the New Economy Coalition (www.neweconomy.net) for sharing the Participant Agreements and Accessibility language from the 2016 Common Bound Conference!