1. More community events
Frequent run-ins with people reinforce friendships. But we need activities to help break up cliques and encourage people to interact. If you come with a group of friends, chances are you’ll stay with your group of friends. Among our favorite Community Events are:
- Field Day
- Wekiva trip
- Blue Gold documentary screening
- Food-centric events
- Community service events
- Volunteer planned events
2. More conversations about social issues in the B//T Community Group
They make us smarter and more engaged as a culture. Of course, we like avoiding being inflammatory but a healthy mind involves being open to new ideas and engaging uncontested held beliefs, even if its uncomfortable. More of this please!
3. People take care of one another at Body//Talk
If you’re a little too drunk, need help finding someone or have a question about the activities, Body//Talkers take it upon themselves to help each other, almost as a way of meeting other people. And of course, we take care of and clean up the party together too.
4. Being a 21+ party sucks
Sorry—we’ve gotta take care of the people that take care of us: the bars. But we realize how important it is to keep the party open all for all ages. We threw around suggestions for new venues and even owning our own venue one day. We’re not quite sure how to fix this issue permanently, but we’re going to a secret venue next month, finally returning B//T to an all ages party, at least for February.
5. Body//Talk needs to remain a safe space for people of every gender, class, race and sex
It’s not that Body//Talk is unsafe. But we want to make it clear that Body//Talk is committed to maintaing this kind of safe social space and will take action when it’s being threatened. One easy thing we want to do: create a “Safe Space” sign hanging at the door to symbolize our value for inclusivity and safety at the party. Beyond that, maybe some Community Event lectures from professors on race, class, sex or gender. Maybe a Community discussion on the issue. We’re not sure but expect to hear this conversation brought up again. More to come.
6. More merch!
T-shirts, hats, stickers, buttons, koozie, patches, key chains, and water bottles to be exact. Merchandise facilitates conversation and we want more of it. We’ve got hookups to make this happen– it just hasn’t been a priority until now. Our Shop page is being built now and the Body//Talk shirt is about to hit the shelves. Be on the lookout for that and more– coming soon.
7. More interactive art activities!
We want to collaborate with Orlando artists to bring activities that allow us to experience and create art, together. Ideas suggest: collaborate with zine makers, live artists, body painters, and musicians. One idea was particularly inspiring: collaborative music making—bring drums, loop machines, drum pads and synths to make music right at the party. Hmmm… the possibilities.
8. Better pronoun use
We want to integrate asking for preferred pronouns as much as possible. It’s not like we need to police each other, making sure we’re always being perfectly PC. But we want to live in a culture in which people feel comfortable and confident to be themselves, one in which gender identity isn’t always taken for granted, constructed within the binary, and taken as obvious by the way a person dresses or presents their self. A quick and casual “Hi, how ya doing? Preferred pronouns” is a simple habit that creates a space that’s more open, inclusive and aware that people’s gender identity and the pronouns they use is their decision, not yours.
9. Bigger and more diverse musical acts
Remember Spazzkid? Wasn’t that amazing? Well we want more acts of that caliber to come play Body//Talk’s stages. But we also want the struggling indie bands to have a spot on our roster too. Turns out, what we really want is a good balance between bigger acts and smaller known and unknown hometown acts. Our friend Moody says Orlando has a beautiful underground hip-hop scene. We’d love to get some of that talent on our stages.
10. Body//Talk had an amazing 2015
One person said we made some people’s reentry to Orlando bearable. Others said we’ve built a community, helped people make friends, and encouraged people to be weird and expressive. Further, Body//Talk is one of the reasons Orlando is great.
Thank you for that. We can’t forget why this little party is important when we have so many people who care so deeply about it. Thank you for everyone who came. We’re strategizing about how Body//Talk is going to change in 2016 to make these ideas come to life.
Got more ideas, wanna lead a Community event? Talk to a team member, post on the Community group or send us an email. We want to hear from you.
Thanks for coming.