What to do when people mess up

A flowchart about what to do when someone messes up. The first question is was it bad enough to get the police involved. If yes, it points to the exclude from community box, if no it progresses to have they expressed undersdanding of the issue. If no, train and educate, if yes the next box asks if they have expressed remorse or empathy. No leads you to the exclude from community box, and yes leads to is there a mutual understanding of appropriate behaviour moving forward. No again leads to the exclude box, via one that suggests writing a code of conduct. yes leads to make a written record, schedule a check in if needed, and move on. There is an additional box that says, but this is the sixth time with this same guy, which then again leads to the exclusion from the community option.

  Following on from my blog post about how to spot someone problematic, this blog is about what to do when someone messes up. Of course, in lots of cases forgiveness is key, but that needs to be balanced with looking out for the safety of our communities. As someone who cares a lot about … Read more

Community Improv

image of Stephen Davidson

I heard the term ‘community improv’ recently and had a strong emotional reaction to it, and I’ve been pondering why it brought up such strong feelings. For me, I instantly read the expression as derogatory, though I’m not sure that was the tone intended. But why?  In the UK we have a tradition of community … Read more

Performative wokeness

The world is currently reeling because a police officer, Derek Chauvin, killed a black man,  George Floyd, while fellow officers passively watched and civilians filming begged him to stop. Of course, we’re horrified. It’s even more horrifying to think that Chauvin had at least 10 official complaints about police brutality and had been involved in … Read more

The Grindr Chronicles part 2: Bad Things Happen Sometimes

Welcome to part 2 of my series of blog posts about my 2019 new year’s resolution to meet men from Grindr. An odd thing to put on a professional improv website, perhaps, but it’s turned into more of an eye-opening journey than I’d anticipated. I think that a big part of learning to improvise is … Read more