When I was at the WMF, one of the things that I most appreciated about Gayle, our CTCO at the time, was that she always made sure there were spaces where I, or other deep introverts, could go to reset. What I liked about it was that she always had them adjacent to the main activities - for instance, I could go to a corner of the main area and be alone while listening to the speaker, as opposed to being surrounded by coworkers at a table. I could still engage, but could do it in an area of relative calm. I would encourage that type of thinking - not just a "total disconnect and withdraw" model.
Philippe On Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 10:39 AM Natacha Rault via Wikimedia-l < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > Hi Michelle, > > during the francophone wikiconvention we had a special calm room for > people who need to retire a moment from the crowd because of special needs > they could have. We were asked also not to come nearby with perfumes and > other sensory distractions. > > A calm room for other people (breastfeeding moms, tired or stressed out > speakers ect), anybody needing a little rest would be real cool I think. > > Also we were given advice at the beginning of the convention that we > should not force people to present themselves in a group and accept the > idea of touching people can be felt as being intrusive for some. > > Kind regards, > > Natacha / Nattes à chat > > > Le 15 oct. 2018 à 15:38, Michelle Boon <b...@wikimedia.nl> a écrit : > > > > Dear all, > > > > Like many other affiliates, Wikimedia Nederland hosts several events per > > year. We do our best to make these events an inclusive and pleasant > > environment for all participants. > > > > Last summer, there was a mail thread on Wikimedia-l > > < > https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2018-August/090914.html> > > on sensory overload <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensory_overload> at > > Wikimedia events. We would like to learn how we can adapt our events to > > support people who experience sensory overload during events. With this > we > > hope to create a safe and pleasant environment for all. > > > > In order to learn, we want to hear from you. We therefore made a page > > < > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Nederland/Organising_events:_avoiding_sensory_overload > >with > > more information about this initiative. On the talkpage > > < > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Nederland/Organising_events:_avoiding_sensory_overload > >there > > is room for sharing ideas and experiences, and discussing potential > > solutions. > > > > Kind Regards, > > > > Michelle Boon > > Event Organiser & Community Support > > Wikimedia Nederland > > _______________________________________________ > > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l > > New messages to: Wikimediaemail@example.com > > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l > New messages to: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l New messages to: Wikimediaemail@example.com Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>