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Community Building Norms
Be Fully Present + Speak from the "I" perspective: Speak your own truth. Nobody else's. Speak from your experiences and what you know. Be in the moment. Focus. Pay attention. Not being on your phone. Be engaged. You don't have to speak but actively listen to others.
Suspend Judgment of Self and Others: Suspending judgment of yourself and others is pivotal to the success of difficult conversations. Often, when people are reluctant to have difficult conversations it is due to a fear for being judged, or making a mistake. Suspending judgement gives each individual the permission to make mistakes, and actually engage in meaningful conversations.
Lean into discomfort: Be open to different opinions. Acknowledge when you feel tension but rather than shy away, notice that feeling, and talk through it. If someone has a different opinion than you, rather than shut down, respectfully voice your opinion and/or ask clarifying questions. Be comfortable with silence.
Honor Confidentiality: What is said during the conference (forums, debriefs, lunch, open mic, silent movement) stays in those spaces without naming who said what. It is okay to address what was talked about but not by who. Sometimes it can be easy to be vulnerable when it comes to these kind of conversations. We don't want to create a culture where we pass judgment or make fun of people for a difference of opinion. By honoring confidentiality we build trust. Know that if what you share has the potential to harm yourself or others it must be disclosed to an adult.