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Whats the Big I.D.E.A.?

The IDEA is designed for events and organizations that recognize the value of inclusivity, and are ready to take action.

 

The Inclusivity, Diversity & Equality Advantage is an implementation of the idea that our communities have greater potential if we include everyone in a safe and respectful way, while also acknowledging that many events and organizations are often formatted to best serve only the majority, leaving many minority groups as an afterthought.

 

The IDEA teaches leaders, committee members, hosts and organizers how to think, and act, more inclusively, so everyone in the community can participate.

 

The implementation of The IDEA is highly contextual. Once an organization agrees to adopt The IDEA, they decide through The IDEA Process, how to best to honor and uphold the values of The IDEA.

 

C.O.G.S. Steampunk Expo is proud to debut this incredible initiative at our event this year!

Examples of the I.D.E.A. being implemented at C.O.G.S. 2019

  • Non-gendered bathrooms available.
  • A supervised Quiet Room for those who need a safe space from social areas.
  • Signage in multiple languages.
  • Kid-friendly programming for families.
  • A visible and available Code of Conduct that prohibits discrimination.
  • Breastfeeding and diaper changing spaces for parents.
  • Access for all people regardless of ability levels.
  • Creating an atmosphere of inclusivity through increased signage and announcements.
  • Free seating and water available for those needing a rest.
  • Low cost entry and financial assistance to those in need.
  • A visible and available safety team.
  • Non-gendered announcements and social media posting.
  • Extra volunteers available to assist the elderly or physically challenged.
  • An accessible communications channel for feedback from the attendees.

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