At Meaning, everyone is welcome. Everyone is valued. And that’s important. When we gather each year for Meaning conference, there’s a very special atmosphere – not just one of learning and excitement, but one of respect for other people and their ideas.
At Meaning, we acknowledge that some of our fellow participants may have different perspectives and politics to our own. We also meet people with different life experiences and characteristics, whether that’s about their age, gender, sexuality, disability, ethnicity or something else that makes them who they are.
It’s important that everyone is free to contribute, learn, discuss and debate. If we ever felt people’s behaviour – whether their actions, their language, the material in their talks or the content of their social media posts – wasn’t in line with the respectful spirit of Meaning, we may need to have a conversation about what’s going on. If we found things were particularly problematic, we may need to ask people to leave the conference, without a refund.
If anyone at Meaning is abused in any way – or feels their identity or characteristics are being disrespected, we invite them to speak to one of the Meaning team, so we can listen to their experience and decide with them the best steps to take.
We don’t feel this sort of problem is likely to come up at Meaning – due to the nature of the people who choose to come along and be part of this community. But we decided to make this understanding clear, so that newcomers to Meaning understand our culture, and so that they feel welcome within a group of people who will listen to their story, speak to them as an equal and join them in a discussion about how we can improve our world.