The Awareness team (DECT 113) will provide a point of contact for people to process experiences, resolve conflicts and to create a safe and enjoyable atmosphere especially for minorities.
There will be thousands of people at the 36c3, all of whom have different needs and all of whom are different and unique in the way they feel, think and act. Respectful behaviour amongst each other, including respect of personal boundaries, ought to be the standard, but even at the 36c3 there may be situations where people are discriminated against in word or deed. Sexism, racism, homo- and trans-antagonism, ableism and all other forms of discrimination are never okay, even if they happen unintentionally.
That’s why – as in the past – there will be an Awareness team (DECT 113), providing a complement to and working closely with CCC Security (DECT 110) and the CERT (medical and fire-fighting Emergency team, DECT 112).
For all those who don’t know what “Awareness” means in this context or who only have a vague idea, we would like to give a short introduction to our work:
Awareness work is to get people to be mindful of themselves and others – particularly those who, by their appearance or deeds, deviate from the prevailing norms of a social group. Through this effort, the danger of violating personal boundaries (up to and including violence) shall be minimized.
An important part of Awareness is to acknowledge that only the affected person can determine whether their personal boundaries were violated. This is because the mainstream society usually decides who is blamed and who is discriminated against. To oppose this is to give those a voice who normally just get ignored.
For us this means that we support the affected in processing the situations they experienced. Also, if asked to, we communicate with the people from whom the discriminating or transgressing behaviour originated. Our goal in doing this is the aforementioned Awareness: to create understanding and recognition of how and why some behaviour transgressed someone else’s boundaries, even if it happened entirely by accident. This is not done in a moralising way – we act against the behaviour, not the person. It is explicitly not about guilt or judging someone as a “perpetrator” but about responsibility for future behaviour.
The Awareness team will be by your side particularly whenever:
- you feel harassed or discriminated
- your personal boundaries were violated
- you witness (acute or systemic) discrimination by other participants
- you don’t feel well and need someone to talk to
We want to be there for you, so please turn to us with your problems. Generally we will first ask you what happened and whether you already have a concrete idea of what we can do for you. Depending on your wishes, we can for example:
- come to you and mediate in case of a conflict at the 36c3
- provide you with a quiet space to retreat to, where you can process your experience
- contact your friends and acquaintances
- try to resolve a situation (as far as possible), for example by trying to explain to those who transgressed why their actions were transgressive
- figure out together with you how best to help you
It is alright if you can’t or don’t want to talk about something. Every reaction, whether grief, anger, desperation, speechlessness, … is okay. Whether we should go talk to someone who violated your boundaries is always your decision – we will never force that on you.
Disclaimer: The Awareness team is made up of people who are mindful of Awareness and who want to support you to the best of their ability. Please forgive us if we might not be able to support you as much as you would wish us to do. We explicitly want to point out that we do not have any sort of therapeutic training.
The Awareness team will be reachable around the clock during the 36c3 (starting at latest on day 0, 26th Dec, 12 am) via DECT (113). Before and during 36c3 you can also reach us via e-mail at email@example.com or on Twitter (please write a DM because of confidentiality) @c3awareness. Please remember: On site, calls via DECT will be the fastest method to reach us.
To a wonderful 36c3!
Take care of yourselves and each other, and let's do something so that it will work for everyone!
Your 36c3 Awareness team
Our team for the 36C3 is fully staffed and set already. You'll find information on how to participate in the future below.
The Awareness Team is a stable set of active members. We are preparing ourselves for events during the year by attending educational workshops and trainings. These meetings are often scheduled in between events and are used to build up the team.
Events are usualy covered by angel shifts of 4hrs - with at least 2 awareness angels per shift. In addition to shifts, a daily meeting is held. Continuous exchange of information and reflection during work is important to us.
We are on the lookout for the following traits:
- psychological, pyhsical stability and resilience
- self-reflecting and self-experienced (You know your limits)
- open minded and ability to listen
- ability to operate in a team and to deal with conflicts
- self-organized and reliable
If you are interested in enriching our team, please do not hesitate to contact us by mail firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us something about you, your experiences with awareness work and your motivation to join us!
We would love to read your application!