The summit is designed to create trusting relationships between all participants. To achieve this, the Summit Partners have identified that it is vital that all contributions are made respectfully and in a spirit that recognises all people’s rights. This Acting Respectfully Code outlines the expectations of the Summit Partners for participant trust-based behaviour.
The Summit Partners believe participation should be truly open and inclusive to the largest number of participants, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. As such, the Summit Partners are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, religion, age, caste, social class, among other identifying characteristics.
The Summit Partners invite all contributors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, and other participants to help us create a safe and positive summit experience for everyone.
2. Respectful Behaviour
- Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative in your speech and actions.
- Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behaviour and speech.
- Be mindful of other participants. Alert summit partners if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code, even if they seem not to be important at the time
- Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you help to create a real global conversation.
- Listen to one another. This an opportunity for shared learning and building understanding.
3. Non-respectful Behaviour
Non-respectful behaviours include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct by any attendees of the People’s Summit and related events. All contributions and presentations will be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all contributors and participants.
- Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
- Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material.
- Posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information.
- Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.
- Inappropriate photography or recording.
- Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, sexualized comments or jokes; inappropriate touching, groping, and unwelcomed sexual advances.
- Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following (in person and online).
- Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviours.
- Sustained disruption of summit events, including talks and presentations.
4. Consequences of Non-respectful behaviour
Non-Respectful behaviour will not be tolerated.
Anyone asked to stop non respectful behaviour is expected to work within the boundaries of the Code immediately.
If written comments and behaviour do not clearly demonstrate respect for the rights of other people, the Summit Partners will have to take action, within the spirit of the values of the Summit. This action will aim to correct any wrong or hurt through a process which respects all affected parties and which can therefore take a number of forms, including exclusion from the Summit (without refund) if other solutions prove impossible. The objective at all times is to ensure that there is respectful dialogue and that the individual and collective rights of all participants are upheld.
5. What To Do If You Witness Or Are Subject To Unacceptable behaviour
If you are subject to unacceptable behaviour, notice that someone else is being subject to unacceptable behaviour, or have any other concerns, please notify a member of the Summit Secretariat as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please read Reporting Guidelines for details (below).
The Summit Secretariat will be available to help participants contact the platform moderators, or to otherwise assist those experiencing unacceptable behaviour to feel safe for the duration of the summit
The Summit Partners expect all summit participants (Summit Partners, volunteers, contributors, speakers, attendees, and other guests) to abide by this Acting Respectfully Code at the summit platforms and summit-related social events.
7. Contact Information
Summit Secretariat email@example.com
8. License And Attribution
This Code of Conduct is a direct copy/lift from the awesome work of Open Source Bridge, but with our event information substituted. The original can be viewed at the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.
If you believe someone is violating the Acting Respectful Code, the Summit Partners ask that you report it to the Summit Secretariat by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
All reports will be kept confidential. In some cases, the Summit Secretariat may determine that a public statement will need to be made. If that is the case, the identities of all victims and reporters will remain confidential unless those individuals instruct us otherwise.
In your report please include:
- Your contact info for follow-up contact.
- Names (legal, nicknames, or pseudonyms) of any individuals involved.
- When and where the incident occurred. Be as specific as possible.
- Your account of what occurred. Link to the available record
- Any additional context you believe existed for the incident.
- Whether you believe this incident is ongoing.
- Any other information you believe we should have.
What happens after you file a report?
You will receive an email from the Summit Secretariat acknowledging receipt as soon as possible, but within 24 hours.
The team will immediately meet to review the incident and determine:
- What happened.
- Whether this event constitutes a code of conduct violation.
- What kind of response is appropriate.
If this is determined to be an ongoing incident or a threat to safety, the Summit Secretary’s immediate priority will be to protect everyone involved. This means we may delay an “official” response until it is believed that the situation has ended and that everyone is safe.
Once the Summit Secretariat response has a complete account of the events, they will make a decision as to how to respond. Responses may include:
- Nothing (if we determine no code of conduct violation occurred).
- A private reprimand from the Summit Secretariat to the individual(s) involved.
- If written comments and behaviour do not clearly demonstrate respect for the rights of other people, the Summit Partners will have to take action, within the spirit of the values of the Summit. This action will aim to correct any wrong or hurt through a process which respects all affected parties and which can therefore take a number of forms, including exclusion from the Summit (without refund) if other solutions prove impossible. The objective at all times is to ensure that there is respectful dialogue and that the individual and collective rights of all participants are upheld.
- A temporary or permanent ban from some or all summit partners organizations spaces
- events, meetings, mailing lists, IRC, etc.
- A request to engage in mediation and/or an accountability plan.
The Summit Secretariat will respond within one week to the person who filed the report with either a resolution or an explanation of why the situation is not yet resolved. If possible, The Summit Secretariat will reply to the reporter before the end of the summit.
Once the final action is determined, the Summit Secretariat will contact the original reporter to let them know what action will be taking. It will be taken into account feedback from the reporter, but the response will be determined by what will be best for community safety.
Finally, the Summit Secretariat will make a report on the situation to the Summit Partners. The Summit Partners may choose to issue a public report of the incident or take additional actions.
Appealing the Response
Only a permanent resolution (such as a ban) may be appealed. To appeal a decision of the working group, contact the Summit Facilitators email@example.com || Paul.firstname.lastname@example.org and they will review the case.