TES Fest 2020 – Mediation TEAM
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the TMT?
The TMT is a team of volunteers with training and experience in non-violent communication and various dispute resolution techniques. Many are long-time community members and all have backgrounds in related fields.
TMT members are available throughout TES Fest to assist in the resolution of interpersonal conflicts and consent issues that may occur during the event.
How do I locate a TMT volunteer at TES Fest?
Find a TES Fest staff member, Security person, Dungeon Monitor, or a member of the Operation Hammond/Medical Staff and ask them to contact a member of the TMT for you. You can also email the team at TMT@tesfest.org.
All concerns will be discussed in a designated, private space on-site, with the goal that all parties’ concerns are fairly addressed and, whenever possible, for the parties to return to safely enjoy the rest of the event.
What type of conflicts does the TMT address? How do I know if my issue is appropriate for the TMT?
The TMT is available for problems related to a violation of your boundaries/consent or if someone at the event made you feel unsafe in any way (consent related or not) during TES Fest.
What is the TMT process like?
Once notified of a request, a TMT member will meet with you in a quiet, private location on-site. There you will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and describe the issue(s) at hand. TMT members will meet with all parties involved in order to hear all concerns and perspectives. The parties will NOT meet together, unless doing so is mutually agreed upon.
Whenever possible and appropriate, the TMT supports reconciliation between the parties with the ideal goal being all parties return to enjoying the event. However, if the TMT determines that there have been intentional harms or consent violations, or if the parties cannot achieve reconciliation, then the matter will be presented to TF management to determine the best outcome for the people involved and the event as a whole.
Is there anything the TMT won’t handle?
The TMT and the TES Fest staff are available to address issues that happened during TES Fest. TMT and TES Fest staff will not address issues that did not happen during TES Fest. The TMT mediates issues between parties in conflict. They are not available to provide mental health first aid. They are explicitly disallowed from giving out therapy.
Who is on the TMT?
The TMT is comprised of trained, experienced volunteers who have experience in conflict resolution. Many are long-time community members and all have backgrounds in related fields.