Creating nimble organizations by Iain Turner and Angela di Tenebre
Several forces are transforming leather organizations. We describe the "nimble" organization, and contrast it with six other models. Through group activities, we'll see how to apply these insights to running events more easily and effectively. We'll examine case studies from diverse parts of many leather and alternative sexualities communities. Attendees will see how to adopt nimble practices to convert needs and fantasies into successful practical occasions.
Many leather organizations evolved in a different environment than today. Leather/BDSM was more closeted, it was harder to find or host events, etc. Many forces, including the Internet, have changed things. Now there are more people identifying as leather/BDSM/kinky/fetish, yet we're seeing leather bars and older BDSM clubs declining.
In this session, we look at the contemporary role of a leather organization. We distinguish seven types. In particular, the new "nimble" organizations are thriving. We look at their characteristics, and see how to create new successful organizations and events. We'll look at case studies from many diverse parts of the leather and alternative sexuality communities. We also discuss ways to apply these same principles to existing groups.
Via presentation and guided group activities, attendees will develop a clear understanding of what makes nimble organizations successful, and how to apply those principles to new and existing groups. We'll examine techniques in identity, membership, communication, structure, financing, innovation, and motivation.
How you will benefit from this presentation:
Attendees will see how more easily to create / run organizations and events. And how to modify existing organizations to benefit from this. This is especially empowering to under-served communities.
How this presentation will arouse you:
Attendees will find new ways to create meaningful events. We will use an inspirational tone Envision what you want, and here's how to get it.
About the presenter:
Iain Turner is Co-Coordinator for Society of Janus, Co-Founder of EduKink.org, and on the Advisory Boards of several leather organizations. He owns Dog and Pony, a large fetish conference, now in its ninth year. He presents over 30 leather classes per year, plus 16 parties, and 3 munch series.
Angela di Tenebre is Co-Coordinator for Society of Janus, and on the Advisory Board of several leather organizations in the San Francisco area. With her partner, Iain Turner, she founded EduKink and hosts over 50 classes, munches, parties, and other events yearly, including the annual Dog-n-Pony Conference held each spring.