attempting to do ethical research & practice
One of the points to be addressed by Future is Social was:
How can we effectively use the skills employed by the field of Group Relations to strategically and ethically address social contracts with participants and arts organisations whilst pursuing collaborative/participatory practice?
One of the important things I learned from my drawing and empathy research application (through the National NHS ethics process) was that all participants have to have access to independent couselling. Where I work, both as an artist and in a laboratory, staff have access to counselling 24/7. The University of the Arts does not have these facilities but the UAL ethics committee made a recommendation that at the beginning of an event participants should be reminded to behave professionally. I think we did this most of the time at FIS, despite the difficulties.
However sometimes things were complicated to handle.
This may be over prescriptive of me to post this here, but we did some risky experiments in Flat-Time House. Many had brilliant results, far out-reaching our expectations. Some were less successful. Collaboration requires empathy and patience and this can be a tricky todo in risky situations. If we are to continue practicing ethically, which I think we all intended to do, we may need some back-up. The web gives access to practical on line advice. A good site, which has high-level reputable recommendation is:
Hope this is helpful,