Update – Results of the T+ Survey!

Hi everyone!

It’s time for the survey results from my last post aimed at all Tibetans of mixed parentage, like myself and my sister. Thank you to everyone who shared and completed the survey and spread the word, in total we had more than 50 surveys completed from all over the globe, a great start for this initiative! I was genuinely surprised how many people showed interest in this subject, perhaps because it is a subject that hits many close to home. I didn’t expect how big a response this post would generate, or that it would quickly become one of our most viewed posts of all time!

Here are the main results of the survey:

Q1: Would you be interested in attending a gathering for T+ people?

Yes
93.55%
No
6.45%
Total Respondents: 31  

Perhaps not surprisingly, a huge 94% of you said you would be interested! We hear you!

Q2: Do you think that a gathering for T+ people could be useful and productive?

Yes
84.62%
No
1.92%
I don’t know
13.46%
   
Total Respondents: 52  
85% of you said YES!
Q3: Which time of year do you think would be a good time a T+ gathering?
Spring
17.65%
Summer
80.39%
Autumn
21.57%
Winter
9.80%
Total Respondents: 51  
80% of you said Summer time was best!
Q4: Would you be able to afford to travel to the United Kingdom for a gathering?
Yes
69.23%
No
30.77%
Total Respondents: 52
69% of you said yes, this area is one we’ll have to work on, of course we’d want the maximum number of people who wanted to, to attend. From the 15 comments who said they couldn’t afford travel, 11 were for North America as the venue, 2 for India or Nepal, 2 for France / Europe.
Q5: How long do you think a T+ gathering should last?
1 day
13.46%
2 days
11.54%
3 days
21.15%
Weekend
57.69%
Longer than 3 days
9.62%
Total Respondents: 52  
Mostly people seemed to think the weekend was the best length of time for a gathering although the results were quite mixed.
Q6: What kind of format should the T+ gathering have?
Conference format with talks and workshops, held in the city
9.62%
Informal format with plenty of leisure activities and opportunities to bond, held in the countryside
17.31%
Mixture of both
76.92%
I don’t know
3.85%
Total Respondents: 52
I guess people are quite open about the format seeing as 77% said they wanted a mix of formal conference and informal!
Q7: How old are you?
Under 18
21.57%
18-25
27.45%
26-30
23.53%
31-36
19.61%
Over 36
7.84%
Total Respondents: 51  
We were happy to see a wide age range!
Q8: What issues are most important to you as a Tibetan or as a T+?
Identity
72%
Language
46%
The Tibetan struggle
50%
Tibetan unity
40%
Buddhism
26%
Tibetan culture and arts
48%
Total Respondents: 50  

Identity was way up there, getting 72% but otherwise there was generally a huge mix of topics people were interested in. Hooray for diversity!

Q9: What is your ethnic background aside from Tibetan?
American
26.09%
Australian
2.17%
British
13.04%
Canadian
13.04%
European
36.96%
Swiss
4.35%
Asian
10.87%
Himalayan
0%
I don’t know
0%
Total Respondents: 46  

Thanks again to everyone who took the time out to fill our survey! As you can see, there is a strong desire to have this gathering over the summer time and over a weekend. Keep an eye out for another update here on LD for an announcement soon, probably for a gathering in London in early or mid June.

In the meantime, if you have any thoughts or suggestions please leave a comment below. Also, how does everyone feel about the term T+? It’s not a formalized term at the moment but such a fundamental thing, what to call ourselves. It’s something we are already hoping to discuss at the gathering, and look forward to hearing lots of interesting points of view on the topic.

If anyone wants to get involved with planning the gathering, please drop me a line on here or @kunsangkelden on Twitter or find me on Facebook, thanks!

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