Youtopia Safety Townhall Meeting Recap

A public townhall meeting to discuss safety at Youtopia was held at colab on May 9th, 2015.

The areas where people expressed the most concern about YOUtopia safety were:
Being able to locate someone with a radio in an emergency
The presence of non-participants (gate crashers).
Incident reporting and record keeping procedures.
Sexual assault/rape/lurkers/creepers.
Consent, consent policies, consent culture.
A safe environment.
CPR/1st aid/green dot training for camps and individuals.
Rangers.
Confrontational participants.
Participant and volunteer liability.
Underage drinking.
Unattended children/lost parents.

The Safety Hub Leads discussed:
The new Safety Stations that are being implemented around the event.
New reporting and accountability processes, including the new Dispatch Department.
Civic Responsibility, including being a self-policing community and not assuming “someone else” will handle an issue.
Upcoming opportunities for local Ranger training.
Camp and individual proactive leadership in terms of safety and consent issues.
Security and volunteer perimeter observation.
The role of Rangers at the event.
The role of paid security at the event.
The role of Medical at the event.
The role of Fire Safety at the event.
The role of participants in terms of safety and security issues.

Community Leaders discussed:
Upcoming meetings to discuss and create talking points on consent culture.
Ideas from theme camps regarding commitments to consent culture behavior and language, signage, and proactive enculturation.
Self defense and its role at festivals.

Many of these areas will be part of the planned roll out of information from now until YOUtopia this year, so details on most of these topics are being prepared in the form of community announcements, website and event guide information, email blasts to ticket holders, and any number of public planning meetings for related topics.

If you have questions or concerns about safety at Youtopia, please contact safety@sdyoutopia.com

Youtopia 2015 Safety Meeting

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The YOUtopia Safety Hub would like to invite you to an open public Town Hall style meeting to discuss the safety concerns we all share regarding our event. We are actively seeking feedback, ideas, concerns, and questions regarding safety in years past as well as for our 2015 event YOUtopia: Robots & Dinosaurs YOUnite!

Please plan to share your concerns in a brief (5 minutes or less) sharing, which will be followed by some brainstorming and outlining to help define the community’s most pressing concerns. As we are early in the process of redefining the scope and outlook of the Safety team and the safety plans and policies for this years event, we cannot promise that any concrete answers will be available, but part of the reason for that is we want to make sure we understand the concerns of our community as we develop those plans.

Please plan on joining us at CoLab (6061 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, California 92120) on Saturday, May 9th from noon to 4PM.  Learn more at the Facebook event page.