It’s almost election time! Being a member of the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) means being able to vote for its Board of Directors. This helps affect how projects such as the Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, and Transformative Works and Cultures are run now and going forward. This year, our election for the Board of Directors will be held from August 14 to August 17. (Access the full Elections Timeline for 2020.) Read More
In recent weeks, there have been intense conversations about long-standing issues with racism in fandom, as well as the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) and Archive of Our Own (AO3)’s roles in this problem. We have received valid criticism for not showing our commitment earlier and numerous requests to clarify our position. We would therefore like to take a moment to address our users and fandom at large.
The OTW stands against racism and discrimination in all its forms. We apologize to anyone who has suffered from our inaction in making the OTW and AO3 a better environment for Black fans and fans of color. And we apologize especially to users who, due to this very inaction, have felt unwelcome on AO3. We also apologize to the scholars whose work we cited out of context, leading to their harassment and distress.
We have heard your voices and feedback; we vow to do better in the future, as outlined in our initial response plan below.
The Organization for Transformative Works is pleased to announce the following candidates for the 2020 Election (in alphabetical order by given name):
- Alex Tischer
- Jess White
- Kati Eggert
- Nicole Abraham
- Tyme LaDow
- Zoë Tucker
Because we have 3 seats to be filled and 6 candidates, the 2020 election will be contested – that is, the members of the OTW will vote on which candidates fill the seats. Read More