-Do I have the energy to follow through with what I have proposed; can I leave if I need to?
-Will the work – from concept to implementation – serve and sustain my health and well-being?
-Is the project necessary given what I am experiencing in life / my community / a wider social, cultural, or political context?
-Is it a good use of the opportunity to produce new work and the platform that I have access to?
– Is the value of my contribution to the field / discourse appropriately being acknowledged; how is my practice being instrumentalized by my host and the project’s stakeholders?
-How will the state of accessibility or the social, cultural, or political context affect the development process and how the work is received?
-Does what I have proposed effectively highlight, push against, or disrupt the disabling conditions that obstruct my agency?
-Does it reflect my politics and the ways that I want to live in community with others?
-Should it have a life beyond first being presented?
-Will production require additional expertise; what do I need help with and who should I ask?
-How should the project be documented?
-Does it have multiple access points; are there a variety of ways in which to enter the work?
-What will the participant experience at various points in the process?
-What does engaging as a participant require; how does the project position the participant?
-How should I approach my role as a facilitator; will I need help holding space at any point in the process?
-Are there barriers to participation based on the needs of those taking part; can I address these barriers as a facilitator?
-Can I describe the process and the implications of the work in ways that cater to the various learning styles in the room?
-How does the story of the project fit in with the other narratives that I have established with my work?
-Does documentation from a prior instance of the project carry its concept and experience?
-Does the project set a precedent that I can engage in the future?
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