The SCA can be a wonderful, transformative organization, teaching others medieval arts, courtesy, and other skills that can affect not only their in-game life, but their world outside of the organization. However, like any modern organization that contains people, the SCA has a DEI puzzle to solve. When studying the medieval world, its class systems … Continue reading Omphaloskepsis: In Defense of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Volunteer Retention in the SCA
People are far more willing to give if they are invested but not abused; cherished, but not made a pawn; loved for who they are while also giving them space to find ways to grow and learn. Don't badger people for why they don't have awards or things you think they need, but be willing to make space for them to figure things out on their own. As long as it's not destructive, harmful, or hateful, let people be.
Herald’s Admonishments: Chivalry for Heralds
About a decade or so ago, I became acquainted with Gerald Legh's Accedens of Armourie (1562) as a relatively new herald. Gerald Legh was an English lawyer (specifically the Inner Temple of the Inns of Court) and wrote a lot on heraldry specifically. Within the Accedens, he also admonishes that the people acting as heralds … Continue reading Herald’s Admonishments: Chivalry for Heralds
Omphaloskepsis: But I Can Do It Cheaper!
A thought. SCAdians are really bad about respecting the work of others. Hear me out. Because our culture is very much a DIY culture, it is quite easy to go "psh, I can make that - for cheaper than *that guy* is charging" without really thinking about the actual material and labour costs of what … Continue reading Omphaloskepsis: But I Can Do It Cheaper!
Don’t Throw Away Your Shot: proposal-writing for the SCA in five Hamilton quotes
There are a lot of things to get outraged over, including in one's hobby. In the time of Coronavirus, that all seems to be more magnified, as we're all stuck at home, with very little chance of meeting our friends and chosen family. It's tumultuous both in and out of the Society, and with several … Continue reading Don’t Throw Away Your Shot: proposal-writing for the SCA in five Hamilton quotes
Volunteer Development in the SCA
This article is a companion article to my Volunteer Management in the SCA article, and is a step beyond the items covered within it. If you have not read that one, please do before going forward with this one. The difference between volunteer management and volunteer development is best explained as such: volunteer management is … Continue reading Volunteer Development in the SCA
Omphaloskepsis: “Real Life Comes First”
Today, on that Other Social Network, I noticed a group dedicated to a century drill of service. For those not knowing what a century drill is, it's 100 days of combat work, whether it be at a pell or with another person. It's a good use of bettering yourself as a combatant. It also works … Continue reading Omphaloskepsis: “Real Life Comes First”
Omphaloskepsis: Making Magic Moments for Others
In my last post about making magic moments in the SCA, it was all about what an individual can do to help make their own magic moments. This, though, is what we can do as a collective group, though this also relies on individuals. The thing is, the SCA does not exist in a bubble. … Continue reading Omphaloskepsis: Making Magic Moments for Others
Award Recommendations: what are they, and why are they important?
One of the things that the SCA does is grant awards to our participants, much like any other group. In a sense, each SCA event is like the OSCARs, BAFTAs or the Tonys - we recognize in court as a Society excellence (in a few tiers, that is) in four main groups: martial skill (in … Continue reading Award Recommendations: what are they, and why are they important?
2017 SCA Resolutions, revisited. . .
Looking back at my SCA resolutions from last year, and I got none of them done. Sigh. Not. A. One. Now, to be fair, my modern work life was in a crap-ton of flux, but I'm hoping for much smoother sailing this year. Goals #1 (actually finish a project before taking on another one) and #5 … Continue reading 2017 SCA Resolutions, revisited. . .
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