2015 February New York City

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WeapSocNYCGroupPhoto.jpg We were joined by a lovely group of folk in the brand-new City Hall, as well as by a handfull of folk via the internet. The spanning of locations went surprisingly smoothly. Thanks to all who attended!


Polarizing statements

"I refuse to engage with people who are not communicating respectfully"

some people *very* strongly agreed with this

others were half-and-half, "I can always walk away"

Missed the exact wording, but something about personal technology separating us

"New things are happening in online interaction vs. amplification/extension of existing interactions."

The scale of online interaction requires people to think more quickly

Hashtags are a sort of immersion we haven't seen much of before

It's possible to access a lot more types of lived experience more easily now


Day 1

  • Content and Structures were two parallel session to attempt to cognitively separate out what happens on a platform versus what the platform structure means in regards to human interaction.
  • How We People covered some games theory, network theory, and how these sorts of signals happen on social media platforms.
  • Checklist for making safe space details steps to consider when creating a safe space, how to act or be in safe space, and questions to ask during breakdowns.
  • Physical Spaces influcenced by Internets had surprisingly little to do with its session title, instead focusing on thresholds at which someone should be expelled, paths to reconciliation, and signaling affordance.

Day 2

  • Unintentional Missteps was a session on how to cope with a situation where a well-intentioned person messes up, rather than assuming anyone who breaks rules or norms has ill intent.
  • Online Non-Verbal Communication explored the various vectors for expression beyond text in online spaces, including capitalization, font choice, use of white space, etc.
  • Non Violent Communication for Neuroatypical reviewed both the overlaps of neuroatypical communication tricks (such as "explicit is better than implicit") as well as the lack of overlaps, such as "I feel" statements being disuseful.
  • Trolling, as opposed to the abuse which is currently deemed "trolling," presses social buttons in order to test the black box of interaction. Do we respond to antagonistic comments in ways which are in alignment with our stated values?
  • Backing up solidarity in a nebulous group looked at how dispute resolution happens in a group wherein the members by necessity cannot identify each other.


  • Wielding the Privilege Sword begins to spec out what to do as a person of privilege, in order to increase equality in the world.
  • How to Critique Me lays out options for paths for others to express discomfort or concern with your actions or words in a way you are able to hear, and hopefully improve.
  • Guide for Supporting Activism reviews the needs of activists, how to be a good ally by providing support of various sorts, networks of trust, self-care, and triage.
  • Self-Awareness Checklist lays out options for paths for others to express discomfort or concern with your actions or words in a way you are able to hear, and hopefully improve.

Random Resources

NYC Sticky Storm

NYC Remote Chat Day 1

NYC Day 2 chat