A primary goal of Citizen Dialogue Centre is to be inclusive to the largest number of contributors, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion (or lack thereof).
The supplementary goal of this Code of Conduct is to increase open engagement by encouraging participants to recognise the interwoven nature of our online behaviour with the physical spaces we move through daily. We are all architects of our communities and societies – cultural norms are shaped by our collective conduct.
This code of conduct outlines our expectations for ALL those who participate in our community, as well as the consequences for inappropriate behaviour.
We invite all those who participate in our community to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone.
If you see someone who is making an extra effort to ensure our community is welcoming, friendly, and encourages all participants to contribute to the fullest extent, we want to know.
The following behaviours are expected and requested of all community members:
The following behaviours are considered unacceptable within our community:
Inappropriate behaviour from any community member, including CDC team members and those with decision making authority, will be addressed in an expedited and transparent manner.
Although we reserve the right to enforce a temporary or permanent ban from the community, we acknowledge that everyone makes mistakes. Our community presents an opportunity to learn from, and make amends for, the mistakes we make.
Immediate compliance with a request to stop an inappropriate behaviour will be seen as a willingness to learn. An earnest commitment to a behaviour change from the original offender will be met with support from CDC.
Citizen Dialogue Centre will not tolerate any illegal behaviour and will protect our community, to the extent that it is possible, from undue harassment and discrimination. We will take any and all actions deemed appropriate, up to and including reporting to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.
We expect that all members, by virtue of choosing to participate in this community, will strive to abide by this Code of Conduct at all times, and will initiate similar behaviour in their peers.
We acknowledge the limitations of CDC to enforce this code of conduct as it pertains to every individual’s right of expression and association, as protected by our constitution. The same constitution also dictates our rights in terms of forming a community of peers, and protecting our right to human dignity.
Behaviours that have the potential to adversely affect the safety and well-being of the community or its members – whether occurring within or outside of community activities – will be addressed to the extent that these limitations allow.
We, as CDC, hold ourselves to this code at all times, irrespective of who we are communicating with. If you notice anyone in our community – especially members of the CDC team or their partner organisations – acting in breach of this code of conduct, we would be truly grateful if you would let us know.
We acknowledge that mistakes are bound to happen. We believe that addressing those mistakes promptly and transparently is essential for meaningful growth and learning.
Visit our website for more information on the Values that govern our team.
This Code of Conduct is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.
Portions of text derived from the Stumptown Syndicate Code of Conduct