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Discrimination when choosing audience participants?
In order to make the application process as fair as possible, I thought that it would be preferable to simply ask on the form for an email address and answer a couple of questions on why they would like to attend our event and an idea or experience they've had etc.
However the TEDx Manual advises that...
Your application form for prospective attendees should include this basic information:
✓ A clear description of TED, TEDx and your TEDx event
✓ Your TEDx event date
✓ First name
✓ Last name
✓ Company/organization name
✓ Job title/description/role
✓ Email address
✓ Street address
✓ Phone number(s)
✓ Skype ID
What would you do for your event or what have you done in the past? I think that from someone's name alone you can already judge their gender and most likely race.
I'm looking forward to reading your responses!