We are raising funds through a GoFundMe campaign dedicated to making the conference as inclusive and accessible as possible (for a direct PayPal link click here). The conference has no sponsors; as organizers we are a group of friends and colleagues who feel this is an important conversation to have and we have not seen it happening anywhere else.
Your support will go towards making the conference more accessible and inclusive in the following ways, in order of priority:
1) $2000 for captioning of fifty 20-minute videos by a team of five volunteers, who will each receive $500 honorariums; 2) $2750 for ASL interpretation for twelve 60-minute and five 90-minute live, moderated conversations; 3) $14750 for honorariums for our 60+ speakers and volunteer support team, including tech and counselling support for audience members. 4) $500 for small fees for maintaining the website and other logistical expenses for the conference. Any additional funds raised by this campaign will go towards CART captioning for the live events , as an additional accessibility.
Included are videos from the following speakers and organizers: Will Hall (presenter and organizer) David Lukoff (presenter and emeritus professor of Sophia University) Maria Mangini (presenter and co-founder of the Women's Visionary Council) Tehseen Noorani (presenter and core organizer)
We deeply appreciate your support and hope you will join us at the conference next year!
With sincere thanks,
The Psychedelics, Madness & Awakening Organizing Team.
The 17 conference panels will be held on successive weekends, beginning in January 2021. For each of the panels, we are currently asking our presenters to create 15-20 minute pre-recorded video submissions, which they will submit to us this November. We will add closed captions to these presentations, and then screen them along with a live, moderated Q&A session between panelists and virtual audience members. Tickets to the conference will be donation based, with a suggested donation of $5-10 per event. No one who wishes to attend the conference will be turned away for lack of funds. After the conference ends, we will create an archive of the videos and recorded conversations that will be publicly accessible online.