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These are the guidelines for future BiCon organisers which were passed (unanimously!) at the plenary of BiCon 16 in Cambridge, September 1998. They are likely to be of more interest to activists and organisers. If you just want to find out about future BiCons, go back to the BiCon home page. For those of you that are interested, I've added a few explanatory notes to the main document. Most of the explanations are things I've already said at BiCon, but I didn't want the main guidelines growing any more...
These guidelines define what BiCon should be and what BiCon organisers are expected to do. If organisers feel they can't fulfill any of these requirements, or want to change them, they should say so when they volunteer to run the event at a BiCon plenary.
Passed at BiCon 16 final plenary: 6th September 1998
 For instance previous BiCons have been run by collectives, by a core group with helpers, and by dictatorships with helpers.
 For the last nine years BiCon has been a three day event. Generally on a Friday/Saturday/Sunday, but once on Saturday/Sunday/Monday (on a bank holiday) and once on a Thursday/Friday/Saturday (because it was in a Methodist Hall). Anyone wanting to run an event of longer than three days (plus early events the previous evening) should check with a BiCon plenary.
 Traditionally decisions have been made at the final plenary, but it has been pointed out that this is often too late for people who need to catch the last train home. There is also a lot to be said for ending on a positive note, with a closing ceremony of some kind, so an earlier decision making plenary would be very welcome.
 We do mean taken over. Professionals are very welcome to run workshops, appear on panels etc, though we should think hard before paying them unless we can afford to pay all our facilitators, but we don't want, for instance, HEA to say 'here is ten thousand pounds, now you have to do it our way'. Not that that's terribly likely...
 That doesn't mean BiCon organisers are obliged to sell things for people - that would be far too much work. Anyone wanting to sell anything should be prepared to at least work a shift on the merchandise stall. BiCon will not normally be liable for stolen or mislaid merchandise (though we've usually managed to make the figures add up.
 Chill out space in any space where BiCon attendees can sit down outside of organised sessions. This includes a bar, cafe or lobby (if it has enough seats), but should preferably be for BiCon only.
 Transgender has been defined in slightly different ways by different BiCons. This clause is mainly meant to cover people who are living as their chosen gender.
 Readily available means that copies should be sent out on request and on receipt of an SAE.
 BiCons are not obliged to budget to keep the whole of any surplus that they are given, but they should bear in mind that venues these days are asking for deposits in the order of £2000, and should try and leave enough for future organisers to pay a deposit.
 In 1999 we will be putting forward the additional guideline that organisers should write a short report for future organisers. BiCon 1999 has undertaken to do this.
 We don't mean that all plenaries should be written down in detail, but all decisions should be recorded, along with any significant opposition.new gzip_encode(); ?>