For programs offered on a sliding scale, we offer the following guidance and thoughts:
In an effort to keep workshops accessible to as many as possible, while compensating our instructors fairly and covering Soapbox costs, we’re pleased to offer a sliding scale. Our “Cost of Workshop” rate is the real cost of our workshop, and we need most people to register at at least this rate to run the workshop. For those who are able, please consider selecting the “Patron/Sponsor” rate to allow someone who cannot afford the real cost to participate. If you are someone experiencing hardship, please register at the “Community” rate. In evaluating where you fall on the scale, we ask you to consider the difference between sacrifice (making trade-offs in my discretionary spending) vs. hardship (paying full cost for this workshop prevents me from meeting basic needs).
You might also consider evaluating where you fit into the following graphic. We thank Alexis J. Cunningfolk at Worts & Cunning Apothecary for this tool.
We hope this model will support us all in redistributing a few resources within our community. It relies on trust, and a basic premise that all people have an equal right to access skills, resources, and education. We’re working to balance access with our needs to sustain as an organization. We consider this a work in progress and welcome your feedback.
Thank you to Kate at Wanderwell for introducing us to a wealth of resources and exemplars for navigating sliding scale.