Special Workshop Thursday!

The Consent Institute


Hello and welcome to the 2019 Consent Institute, hosted by the IMsL Foundation and IMsLBB Productions, with generous sponsorship from Tantus, Inc.

  The Consent Institute is scheduled for Thursday, April 11, from 9am until 3:30pm, with the first session beginning at 9:30am. Lunch is provided free of charge with support from Tantus. Please feel free to attend whatever portions of the event work best with your schedule, arrival times, and interests, but note that we have a very tight schedule and we’ll be adhering to it closely. The complete schedule with session descriptions is at the end of this email. An email with the room location will be sent closer to the event.

 In planning this event, my philosophy regarding consent and discussions around consent has been that there are few experts -- we all bring our own experiences and self-reflections as individuals and also as event producers and attendees to the table and, because of that, I have include small group discussion time after the first two sessions, so that attendees can share with each other a more nuanced reaction and reflection to the lecture or panel sessions. There will also be some suggested discussion questions/topics for each small group discussion, to help spark thoughts if your group gets stuck.

  In addition, panelists have shared interesting and helpful resources that I have been compiling into a resource guide to be provided the day-of -- I would encourage all of you to let me know if you have a useful or thought-provoking article, manual, book, or similar resource that you think would be a good addition to the guide. Please get those to me by April 9 for inclusion in the resource guide.

  My hope with the Consent Institute is that we all end the day with a more robust network of support from one another when grappling with consent issues individually or as event producers as well as some new frameworks of thinking about consent and new skills to rely upon, in order to continue furthering the conversation down a productive and usable path.

Thank you for your interest and willingness to attend and I’ll see you in San Jose!


IMsBB 2017


Consent Institute 2019 Schedule


9am-9:30am: Registration

 9:30am-10:20am: Session 1: Consent as Dynamic & Evolving

 Consent isn't static! However, unlike consent, which is dynamic and contextual, the legal framework through which we attempt to address it is inherently static and contractual. This panel will examine the way this mismatch limits our conversations, understanding and ability to come together around solutions. The session will be followed by discussion regarding attendees' own experiences and expertise.

10:20am-10:50am: Small Group Discussion on Session 1

 10:50am-11am: Large Group Wrap-up/Feedback on Session 1

 11am-11:50am: Session 2: Building Operational Consent into Event Spaces

 While grappling with meaningful implementations of consent on an individual basis is difficult enough, bringing a thoughtful and, more importantly, useful and actionable view of consent into how we organize and police our event spaces adds more layers of complexity. This panel discussion brings together organizers and staff from both large and small events, involving hotel spaces or bar spaces, as well as staff from organizations intended to provide peer to peer consent education and incident response to multiple events. The panel will discuss successes and failures, best practices, and problem-solving strategies. The session will again be followed by small group discussion regarding attendees' own experiences and expertise.

 11:50am-12:20pm: Small Group Discussion

 12:20-12:30pm: Large Group Wrap-up/Feedback on Session 2

 12:30-1:30pm: Lunch

 1:30p-3:30pm: Session 3: Effects and Amelioration of Trauma

 Prior consent and unwanted sexual violations engage the limbic system and can create a hypervigilance and sensory sensitivity to sexual or “cruisy” situations. Mindfulness, imagination and bi-lateral stimulation can and does create new neural pathways and aids in neutralizing the effects of historical violation on current experience. This class will examine the effects of Trauma/trauma and it’s impact on our brains and reactivity. Bi-lateral stimulation (a core component of EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, a therapy which has been clinically proven to ameliorate the effects trauma) will be utilized to provide attendees with resources to boost confidence, calm the body on a deep, physiological level, and to respond better to stress.

 3:30p: Closing

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