Pondering diversity consulting for conventions as Patreon service…
I’ve been thinking about changing up my personal Patreon to offer diversity consultant services to conventions. That way you get a thing in return for the monies you/a convention committee gives me. I’m in no position to start a LLC on my own, but it’s an idea.
I just wonder if being a PT consultant on diversity concerns for conventions is a viable thing to do. Some cons don’t seem to want help. However I can think of quite a few that NEED the help not to have either #diversifyyourpanels or #needsmorewhitepeople used on them. I worry about burnout if i did that kind of thing all the time. It’s hard work and emotional labor that’s hard to put a price on. But it’s needed, Maker above is it needed for a lot of cons I go to/have considered but are full of fail re: diversity in panelists/topics.
So thoughts? If you plan on telling me how I’ll fail? Just STFU and find a corner to sit in. Not here for that today ok? So thoughts? If you plan on telling me how I’ll fail? Just STFU and find a corner to sit in. Not here for that today ok?
Tanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a non-profit organization based in Chicago, which is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. I Need Diverse Games serves the community by supporting marginalized developers attend the Game Developer Conference by participating in the GDC Scholarship program, helps assist attendance at other industry events, and is seeking partnership with organizations and initiatives.
Tanya is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She founded and was the EIC of Fresh Out of Tokens podcast where games culture was discussed and viewed through a lense of feminism, intersectionality and diversity. Now she’s a co-host on Spawn on Me Podcast. Along with all of that, she’s the Programming Coordinator for OrcaCon, she often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality & other topics at multiple conventions throughout the year. Her writing about games and games critique appears in Uncanny Magazine, Polygon, Wiscon Chronicles, Vice Gaming, Paste Games, Mic, and other publications.
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