Organizing the jam space

Agreeing That Everyone Can Be Involved At Their Own Pace

Returning after COVID quarantine we saw heightened importance in each person getting to choose how and when they share their personal space. To make it easy for everyone to have whatever time they need to return to partnering we maintain the following agreement. Recognizing that individual choice about sharing space is essential at all times, we continue it as an ongoing part of our jam.

Here's the arrangement:

  • The edges of the space are for solo moving, except for the edge with the windows.
    When you’re on these edges you do not need to let others know that you’re moving solo – that is a given.

  • Those in the interior of the space are available for partnering, at their discretion.
    All the regular sensitivities and sensibilities for negotiating engagement apply.
    You can still move solo while away from the edges, but you may have to engage with others enough to respond to their invitations.

  • The edge with the windows is for people who are available for engagement.
    Particularly but not only for those who wish to observe but don’t necessarily want to do so in a solitary way.

This way, those not yet available to engage with others do not have to do anything to indicate that other than being on one of the soloing edges. That is, they need not engage with others in order to indicate that they are not yet available to engage.

In practice, sometimes jammers forget about this agreement and offer invitations to those in the solo edges. We hope that those wanting to stay solo can feel fully supported to do so in the face of such invitations. (Feel welcome to remind the offerer about this agreement!) Our aim is to be as clear as possible about supporting individual choice while allowing for occasional, and hopefully diminishing, lapses.