Over the last three hours, Liz and I have received 5 communications regarding an Exhibitor who has made highly disparaging and slanderous statements regarding our organisation – LizianEvents. I’d remind this individual that we have a sequence of emails and correspondence which refute what is being said. We made a business decision to protect the future of the Community and LizianEvents.
The most important thing is that three of the communications mention this statement being used:
‘call themselves community minded?’
Every atom of our ethos is dedicated to Community. A Community works together for the benefit of all parties. As organisers, we can make extraordinary choices and decisions to help people who are in trouble. However, we are not mind readers, and if somebody does not communicate with us, then we have to make choices which are to the benefit of the community as a whole. In this instance, we have to make our decisions based on the information available, and the sequence of actions seen and taken by all involved in any given situation. We can only act (as all people can only act) on what is known.
A Community works together, it is balanced. We have to make decisions which maintain the balance. I could go in depth and answer the accusations which have been made towards us today but at this moment I choose not to do so: because: I know the majority of Community Members who know us well, will vouchsafe for our good character, fairness, honesty and integrity.
What is wonderful is that five people have shown immense concern for the statements that have been made and I will quote one of them:
“this isn’t just damaging the LizianEvents Organisation, it’s damaging every one of the Community Members who believe in what you are doing and the future you are building for us.”
I’m asking you to talk to many people about this post and I say to you, there are two sides to every story, we are not offering hearsay, we have a complete timeline of the events, and we can establish, without doubt, we acted with integrity and compassion. I would ask the individual involved to read again the final email they received from LizianEvents, this is a record of evidence of our intention and our caring and our compassion. I would ask that individual after re-reading it, will consider their future words. I have no doubt we will receive more communications of concern, it is only through my understanding and compassion for the individual that I do not publish this final email.
We wish the individual well, with love in our hearts, we bear no malice, we are truly saddened by today’s events.
Ian Timothy and Liz Clark