Accountability Circles

Tension Accountability Process

In order to legitimize & promote a healthy community Tension is adopting the KECC for our Shibari studio; a practice stemming from Kink & BDSM circles. Within the KECC it is advised to adopt an accountability process which we further expanded on to facilitate it’s adoption and process. 

To start; we would like to begin by acknowledging that Tension is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtià:ke/Montréal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.

Since most concepts regarding accountability circles stem from first nation practices that acknowledgement is that much more important and we want to fully recognize that.

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What is a circle?

Tension as an organisation will have it’s own accountability circle composed of all the members of the team in addition to impartial accountability contacts which will ease the communication of identified concerns. Each member within our organisation will also have their own accountability circle and contacts ensuring that in the event you feel unable to approach any one of us individually, there are at least others who you may feel more comfortable contacting.

 

The Circle: A Safe Space to Come Together

  • Circles draw on our best values;
  • Circles help participants respond from one’s best self;
  • Circles build community;
  • Circles create a space for deep listening and being heard;
  • Circles generate mutual understanding and respect;
  • Circles honor all voices equally;
  • Circles make decisions by consensus;
  • Circles cultivate mutual support;
  • Circles honor the gifts, knowledge, talents, and experiences that each participant brings.

Tension as an organisation will have it’s own accountability circle composed of all the members of the team in addition to impartial accountability contacts which will ease the communication of identified concerns. Each member within our organisation will also have their own accountability circle and contacts ensuring that in the event you feel unable to approach any one of us individually, there are at least others who you may feel more comfortable contacting.

We want people to feel comfortable and safe, or at least safe(r), in bringing any issue to our attention, these processes should facilitate that goal. We may require some individuals in future to have their own circles if they wish to continue frequenting our establishment. We cannot promise to resolve disputes but we can foster discussion necessary for our community to keep growing in a healthy manner.  

Your concern will not be dismissed; our hopes are that this will facilitate that documentation process and legitimize your concerns thereby finding a common agreeable outcome accepted by all.   

  • William Desjardins
  • Masha Smushkevitch
  • Christophe Bolduc
  • Catherine Roy (Mlle Kate)
  • Online submission: for registration of a concern regarding person, behavior or policy
  • Our 3rd party & unofficial “Ombudsman”
  • Marie “Blue”
  • Sunday
  • Olivia Tiger

Process

Regular meetings 

These should be held in order to gauge our pulse within our administration and relative to our community, review our values, consult about our individual circles and make sure we are making just and valid ethical decisions all around.

Our regular meetings include our extended team in order for them to allow us to share and ensure “an outside” voice that keeps us honest. 

These general meetings should be held at least every quarter. 

Personal circles should meet at least twice a year to stay in touch with your members. 

Registration method for points of discussion

Whether it is regarding a person, behavior or policy you need to agree and or have a good method of recording incidents through a trusted contact or communication system. 

For Tension we chose a combination of formal and informal communication systems (phone, email, messenger) while using ASANA to record our Points of discussion. 

Contact or process will notify the circle of the need for discussion

When issues arise that require immediate attention a meeting will be set in order to manage the concern and ensure that an agreeable outcome is reached. 

Using ASANA, assigning tasks, roles and making sure that a follow up is done regarding every event makes it easy to track and stay on top of things.

A consensus will be achieved and actions taken depending on the concern

A consensus being the goal we want to make sure everyone is heard, we are all on the same page about what the issue is, what solutions we can find and what actions will be taken to rectify or acknowledge the situation at hand. It may not be possible to find a solution that actually pleases everyone, hopefully though an agreeable one can be found.  

Concerns and outcomes however may need to remain confidential depending on the issue being discussed. The only thing that we can guarantee is that action will be taken according to our values and systems in place.