Here are the top 4 questions we have heard since we launched tickets for Elevate & Amplify.
- Tickets are on a sliding scale. How do I pick my ticket for Elevate & Amplify?
- I identify as White. Can I attend Elevate & Amplify?
- What is the Public Imagination Fund?
- Will I be able to network & meet other conference attendees?
Below we have answered these questions in-depth as much as possible and a few more on our conference page.
FAQ: Tickets are on a sliding scale. How do I pick my ticket for Elevate & Amplify?
We are offering tickets on a sliding scale.
We recognize that how we each look at privilege in different ways. The following questions might help you pick the ticket for you.
How do I pick my ticket on the sliding scale?
- do you comfortably meet your basic needs (food, water, shelter)?
- do you have expendable income (buy new things easily, afford vacation, time off from work)?
- do you have advanced degrees?
- do you have access to healthcare and benefits?
- do you have a safety net of wealthy friends or family?
- do you have citizenship in this country?
How do you decide? Here’s what we suggest.
“When I pay more, I know that I am helping others to access the event. When I pay in the middle, I know I am helping the organizers cover costs. And when I pay at the bottom, I know I am letting my community hold me and support me. All of these are wonderful and acceptable ways of participating.”
Quote from Canadian Unitarian Council
All proceeds from Elevate & Amplify will be used to support the Department of Imaginary Affairs’ (DIA) programming in 2021, including oral storytelling in two Toronto parks this summer and program development for the Public Imagination Fund. The Public Imagination Fund is a project to imagine what funding would look like if centred on community, trust and relationships designed by BIPOC Youth.
Disclaimer: We are not experts on sliding scales and are learning about how to navigate equity and access to a conference about equity and access.
This is a conference centred on BIPOC voices.
While each and every one of Elevate and Amplify’s panel speakers is BIPOC, absolutely everyone is welcome to attend the event.
E&A is an incredible opportunity to hear valuable perspectives and experiences that aren’t always given the spotlight in our sector and society, so we encourage everyone to attend.
Disclaimer: We believe to create equitable futures, we are going to need to involve a diversity of perspectives.
Why are the free tickets for BIPOCs only?
As we designed Elevate & Amplify, we made decisions to prioritize access for individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous and People-of-colour based on the resources we have available.
If you identify as white and find yourself currently under financial stress, we suggest using the donations ticket option to a pay-what-you-can.
“I thought that since this is a space being created to center BIPOC, I don’t want to take away from that. While I think I can be respectful of that space individually, I’m also conscientious of how this space and who it serves would change if there ends up being a sizable group of non-BIPOC. I didn’t want to contribute to decentering the conversation I guess and making people feel like they need to cushion or bound what they talk about in the space.”
Quote from White-identifying Participant
It is real, we promise!
The Public Imagination Fund is a project to imagine what funding would look like if centred on community, trust and relationships designed by BIPOC Youth.
The PIF, as we like to call it, will be run in cohorts. Each cohort will tackle design challenges around creating equity and access to funding for BIPOC Youth.
Each cohort member will receive funds for their own projects and to implement funding experiments.
Disclaimer: This is a brand new initiative to us, so what it looks like in our brains may not be what it looks like in reality.
We know conferences are about the people!
There will be 2 ways for attendees to “meet” each other as a part of Elevate & Amplify. During the conference, attendees will be able to connect via the chat function on Zoom. After the conference, we will be hosting an after-party from 5-7pm EST.
Disclaimer: After-party details will be shared with attendees during the conference
Please let us know if you have any additional questions about Elevate & Amplify. Or buy your ticket now!