So here in Toronto, we don't get a lot of W&YI love. We've tried to get something going this year, but no avail. There just aren't enough close PSI-ceritified cities to do a regional with, especially with some new passport rules hampering travel between US and Canada.
(note: there are LOTS of slams in our province but they aren't PSI certified)
I have an idea: international exemptions from W&YI. I'm pretty sure Paris gets it already, understandably, but Canadians teams don't. I know, we're not THAT far away from NYC and Michigan, but it seems those scenes are already doin regionals within state. And getting our asses to the US does cost a pretty penny, even though it's obviously doable.
I understand W&YI was introduced for a number of logical reasons, one of which is to control how many teams get into NPS. Everyone wants to go to NPS but there are so many slots. Fine. But if NPS wants to broaden its reach beyond American borders, they need to encourage international teams to take part, to better showcase the range of spoken word talent rockin stages on Planet Earth.
Perhaps the W&YI rule could only apply to teams coming from the States?
Right now, the W&YI is a real albatross hanging over Toronto's head, and we're not entirely certain we can get into NPS this year, because we didn't do a W&YI (even though we paid our fees and sent a proxy to the SM meeting)
Curious to know what you all think. I admit I'm a PSI/NPS newbie, relatively, so I might not know of any sub-rules relating to this issue.