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Law and Social Change Jam 2018 Application

NOTE FOR ALUMNI: If you attended one of the previous three Law and Social Change Jams, and would like to attend again, we have a different application process for you. Send us an email at lawandsocialchangejam[at]gmail.com

Note: We encourage you to cut-and-paste your answers to this application into a word doc, BEFORE you hit the submit button, as we are occasionally experiencing some technical difficulties with this contact form.  Once you have received confirmation from us that we received your application, then you can go ahead and delete the word doc. Thank you!

 

Due to the small and personal nature of the event, this questionnaire is longer and more in-depth than most because we want to get to know you better. Please share as much as you feel comfortable. There is no min/max length for responses and no pressure. We only ask you to share what you feel is ‘enough’. We will follow up with more questions via email or a phone call if we think we need more information.


Also, please note that all of your answers, including your name and basic info, will be kept confidential.* Only the Law and Social Change Jam organizers will have access to your application. The more our team learns about you, the more informed their decision can be throughout the selection process.


*If you are selected for the Jam, only your name and bio will be shared with the other participants of the Jam just prior to the event. Following the Jam, we will put this information up on our website so that you can participate in the alumni community, unless you request otherwise. More info on this is below.

Complete Name (required)


Nickname (what you prefer to be called, if different):


Gender Pronouns:


Your Email (required):


Organization or Organizational Affiliation (if applicable):


Website of Group (if applicable):


Street Address (required)


City (required)


State / Province (required)


Zip / Postal Code (required)


Country (required)


Home Phone (if applicable):


Cell Phone (if applicable):


Work Phone (if applicable):


Birthday (Month/Day/Year) (required)


How did you hear about the Jam? Please list sources by name (e.g., listerve, Facebook, friend, other):


Who You Are


The people in the room are the focus of the Jam, and sharing our stories, experiences, ideas, etc., through different formats, is how we engage and learn together. The following series of questions is meant to be a taste of this principle. Don't worry about spelling or grammar or eloquent articulation. We just want to get a sense of who you feel you are.


How do you identify? (Gender identity, ethnic background, sexual orientation, class, religion, personality, anything else that makes you who you are.) We ask because we value diversity, the opportunity to create supportive and inclusive space, and want to know how to best meet participant needs:


What’s your focus in the world currently? What things are you actively working on? What is your relationship to the law? Please be as specific as possible about whatever you do, why you do it, and the values behind it::


What are your questions right now? What’s alive for you? What are your current places of challenge, growth, and excitement?:


There will be a rich variety of beliefs and life experiences among those who come to the Jam, and a significant part of our time together will involve listening and learning across our diverse experiences and perspectives. What works for you in connecting with people who are different from you? Where do you struggle with these connections? What supports you in making meaningful connections?:


Why do you want to attend the Jam (as opposed to a conference, workshop, meditation retreat, etc.)? What do you feel you will be able to give/contribute to the Jam? What do you hope to receive from it?:


Please share with us any concerns, doubts, fears, or reservations you have about attending the Jam. This can include what kinds of support you feel you could use from us right now, and also if/when you join us in July:


Please give us a mini-bio (a paragraph version of your story) written in the third person (for example, using “she” instead of “I”). No need to be humble! This is the bio that will be shared with other participants of this Jam, and will be used for the YES! Website after the Jam. If you think you might want to modify it later, just make note of that. There’s no hard limit, and 250 words is probably enough:


Anything else you'd like to tell us?:


Costs of Attending

Tuition to participate in the Jam is offered on a sliding scale of $500-$1100. The actual cost of participation is $950, of which $475 covers your food and lodging costs at River’s Bend for four nights, and $475 covers program costs, which includes organizing time, honoraria for facilitators, supplies, and materials. We invite you to give what you can and to give generously as tuition costs provide our vendors and facilitators with equitable compensation, and any surplus supports partial scholarships for other participants. If you pay more than the at-cost $950 amount for tuition, that extra amount is tax-deductible.


Money should never be a reason to not apply: partial scholarships are available on a limited and first-come, first-serve basis. We also invite work trades and monthly payment plans. We aim to figure out with each applicant the right combination of tuition, work trade and scholarship that can work for you. However, nothing happens without an application first. Remember, the sooner you apply, the better your chances are of receiving a partial scholarship if you need one.


We ask that applicants consider a minimum of $475 for their tuition. We never want money to be a barrier in participating in a Jam, so we will do everything we can to make it work for you to attend.


(Travel expenses are the responsibility of the participant, though we do help to arrange carpools from the airport to the Jam site. The San Francisco and Oakland airports are good arrival points.)

Are you or your organization in a position to pay $950 (or more) for tuition? If not, how much are you able to contribute (and what amount of scholarship would you require)?:


We invite work trades as well. Are there other non-monetary ways that you might be in reciprocity with the Jam (such as organizing carpools; spreading the word about the Jam via social media; offering photography, blogs, or videos at and/or after the Jam; organizing food donations; fundraising for scholarships; other in-kind contributions and skills, etc.)?:


If you are selected, we will be following up with you to ask about diet, housing, travel plans, etc. We want to do what we can to meet your needs at the Jam.


Thanks so much for taking the time to fill out this long application! We’ll be in touch as soon as we can.


 

Note: We encourage you to cut-and-paste your answers to this application into a word doc, BEFORE you hit the submit button, as we are occasionally experiencing some technical difficulties with this contact form.  Once you have received confirmation from us that we received your application, then you can go ahead and delete the word doc. Thank you!