Community Agreements

Community Expectations

  • Speak from your own experience

  • Honour confidentiality

  • Create and respect boundaries

  • Believe in collaboration over competition

  • Strive for compassionate call-ins over shameful call-outs where possible

  • Assume best intent but acknowledge impact 

  • Lean into vulnerability

  • Respect and honour names and pronouns

  • Expect and accept non-closure

  • Ask consent (for exchanging contact info, connecting on social media, etc.)

  • Interact as intentionally as you would in person

appropriate online behaviour

  • Listen attentively to speakers and facilitators about how to interact on the platform, as they may have different systems of preferences for how they hold virtual space. 

    • For example, some speakers may love to use the comments section, while others may find it distracting or prefer to instead use the poll function for questions. 

    • Your best bet is to follow speakers’ cues, as they will present their preferences at the beginning of sessions. 

  • When it comes to communication, it’s important to be just as intentional online as you would be in person. 

    • Communicating online can inspire us to be more vulnerable that we might be otherwise. While this can lead to really rich discussion, it is also necessary to be mindful of the emotional labour this may demand. 

      • Please make use of our amazing active listeners! 

  • It can feel overwhelming to convene with so many folks online at one time. We encourage making use of personal social media privacy settings if that helps ease this overwhelm!

Non-negotiables 

These things should go without saying, but sometimes we need a reminder!

  • Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, ableism, audism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, classism, anti-Blackness, fatphobia, or any other form of discrimination or hate speech will not be tolerated.

  • Harassment in the form of microaggressions, unwanted advances or physical touching, bullying, threats, unwarranted swearing, slurs or phsyical violence will not be tolerated.

  • Cultural appropriation will not be tolerated - this refers to wearing, practicing or in some way consuming a sacred or significant item or tradition that is not part of your own culture or ancestry, in a way that is harmful, without consent and/or perpetuates oppressive structures.

  • Inappropriate online conduct will not be tolerated, including harmful comments, behaviour that demands emotional labour without consent, cyberbullying, and any online behaviour that demonstrates the above non-negotiables. 

Process

  • If you experience or witness something that feels wrong, please bring it to the attention of one of the conference organizers who will be available to contact privately via email

  • Those in violation of the non-negotiables will be immediately removed from the web session, and will not be able to attend further programming prior to receiving permission from Stratagem Virtual organizers. In some cases, folks will be prohibited from attending all future Stratagem Virtual programming.

    • Stratagem Virtual organizers recognize gaps in access to knowledge, and aim to facilitate learning opportunities. Decisions about granting permission for future attendance will be based on whether Organizers confidently feel that folks have learned from incidents and pose no harm moving forward. Consent must first be given by those who brought forward the problem. 

The making of this conference, and the broader work of Cicely Blain Consulting and our co-conspirators takes place on stolen, unceded, and occupied Indigenous land including, but not limited to the land of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. 

© 2019-2020 Stratagem. Brought to you by Cicely Blain Consulting.

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