So, what does this all mean? Let's break it down,
/ˈˌkridəkəl ˈmas/: a size, number, or amount large enough to produce a particular result
A two-day summit designed to empower and connect women and other underrepresented genders with the trails, cycling, and active transportation community. This includes cis women, trans women, women of color, the non-binary community, and those who are otherwise marginalized.
Active transportation describes all human-powered forms of travel, such as walking, riding a bicycle, skateboarding, and more.
It’s changes in human interactions and relationships; the transformation of culture and social institutions over time. This change is often led by non-profit organizations, grass-root initiatives and community groups.
These terms refer to a person’s gender identity. They are important to use in order to overcome what has often been the marginalization of some identities.
- Cisgender (often referred to as cis) means that a person identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth.
- Transgender (often referred to as trans) means that a person identifies as a different gender than what was assigned at birth.
- Non-binary means a person’s gender identity doesn’t fit within the traditional binary of man and woman.
This event is designed for all women and by that we mean (cis and trans), including women of color and the non-binary community. We want to bring all women interested in change to the table. If you care about improving your community, you are a change-maker. You do not have to be within a specific organization or have a specific role; simply being interested in this summit is all it takes. You do not have to consider yourself a cyclist, or even have experience doing outdoor activities. If you are interested in outdoor activities this summit will be a great way for you to try an activity out during our Saturday experiences. They have been intentionally designed for people who have never done the activity before. We will make sure that you have all of the equipment needed and people to help guide you safely through the activities.
*The Critical Mass Summit team is conscious of the ever-evolving language around gender and identity. The Summit team uses woman/en to refer to anyone who identifies as female, regardless of sex assigned at birth, gender expression or gender identity. The goal is to create a space that is inclusive, respectful and welcoming of the trans, cis and non-binary communities.
Our goal is to help women interested in social change by providing empowering and interactive sessions that not only provide attendees with knowledge and skills applicable to their professional or personal lives, but also help women understand how trails, cycling, and active transportation is relevant to their work and personal lives.
For our inaugural event, we are keeping attendance only to those who identify as female or non-binary. Our goal is to create a safe and comfortable environment for women*, and to do this we want to remove any factors that might stifle that comfortability.
Some of our sessions will be recorded and made available after the Summit for anyone to watch and learn from. By limiting participants, this does not mean that our future events will be women and non-binary only. We invite you to follow along as we create programming and experiences past our inaugural event.
Critical Mass Summit will take place on Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24, 2021, with a mixture of virtual and in-person experiences located throughout Northwest Arkansas to make it more accessible across the region. All Friday sessions will be held virtually, engaging women from across the country, while Saturday will involve in-person experiences.
Session leaders are regional and national talents who bring experience and knowledge to the table, be that in active transportation or social change. These leaders align with the mission of the Summit and live a lifestyle that is consistent with Summit goals.
Hey, that’s great! We want to hear from you. Email Lauren Hildreth at [email protected] to discuss.
The two-day event will have both virtual and in-person components, intriguing session leaders from in and outside the Northwest Arkansas community, along with activities for which all attendees may participate. Critical Mass Summit will announce its session lineup, schedule of events and ticketing details in May. Visit the website and follow on social media @critical.mass.summit.
There are a number of ways for individuals and organizations to support the Summit - with time, in-kind or financial support. Please reach out to Lauren Hildreth [email protected] to discuss.
The Summit is hosted by BikeNWA and NWA Trailblazers through financial support from the Walton Family Foundation.