This report emerged from someone else’s session, where I wrote myself a to-do list in response to some of the conversation about tools and infrastructure to support participants better. I’m putting it here so that you can check with me if I’ve done it yet..

-Put a link to the OST PDF written by Harrison Owen, which explains what OS is and how it works. This is a reference point for anyone who wants to hold their own OS event, as well as for anyone who wants to understand more about why we use it and what it can do. There is already quite a bit of info about OST on the site, but going back to the roots could be extra-helpful. [I’ve checked this out and can’t see the whole book as a PDF, which is what I’d been informed existed. I will instead put links ot the OS World and Harrison Owen websites where there is TONS of info and thoughts about process/leadership/control/facilitation techniques etc..]

-Research the possibility of a platform/wiki/sharing tool for people to share their experiences of facilitating, convening sessions etc. This could contain some tactics for dealing with tricky situations, for holding difficult conversations, some points of etiquette etc. The important factor is that it’s not coming DOWN from Improbable as a set of instructions, rules, regulations, policies or how-tos, but is created by participants in an organic fashion, everyone chipping in their experiences to create a collective toolkit. D&D could host that platform but it would remain an open invitation.

-Including important reminders about things like pronoun stickers and other such tools that are available in the space, as part of the house keeping. Not telling people they must or should do something but pointing out those options in the room.

-Be clearer about who is wearing the yellow t-shirts at the big annual event and what training/roles they are holding.

-Bring print-out easy read guides to D&D along to all events.

-Talk to Phelim/Lee about some kind of article or letter or blog that explains a bit more about the language and underlying processes and some deeper thinking about OST and why it is the way it is. [It may be this is covered by the mass of material on the OST websites].