The Web of Change Alumni Listserv
Our alumni listserv is a space for the over 700 amazing change-makers who have attended the Web of Change annual conference to share questions, projects, ideas, reflections, struggles, and opportunities to collaborate and coordinate.
The listserv is an extension of the flagship events that happen every year, and provides the community with an opportunity for ongoing connection, collaboration, and support. At its best, the listserv should feel like a continuation of Web of Change -- everyone gets to be on a panel and is recognized for their unique perspectives and contributions, you can share your challenges, struggles, and successes, and it’s free. We invite you to re-imagine and co-create it with us.
The listserv is hosted and monitored by a newly-created Community Manager team, selected through an open application process and comprised of Web of Change alumni experienced in community-building and community management, online and off. If you have questions, comments or ideas about the listserv, please email the Community Manager team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All listserv participants are expected to agree to and abide by the Web of Change Participant Agreement. We seek to live our values in community, as demonstrated through our words and actions. We seek to make Web of Change events and online spaces experiences where everyone feels supported to show up as their best selves and share their unique contributions with one another. We believe that we create our best work in the world when we create an environment where everyone can thrive. We seek to support our community to be present with one another in a way that dismantles systems of oppression present in society at large. When harms occur, we seek to address them through a lens of transformative justice.
The listserv is a space for:
Creative ideas and projects from all sectors
Introductions, re-introductions, and updates on you and your projects
Report-backs, lessons learned and success stories (it’s OK to brag!)
Questions, brainstorms, requests for advice and collaboration
Articles, videos, movies and books related to personal growth, movement-building, or that members find otherwise valuable
Diversity of approaches (unity without uniformity)
Personal growth moments and needs for support
Forming external spin-off working groups or conversations on particular projects
The listserv is NOT a space for:
Personal attacks, insulting comments or snark (this includes subtle jabs like sending links that represent the attack). For more about prohibited listserv behavior, see the Warnings & Suspensions section below.
Breaching listserv privacy by sharing other people’s messages unless they specify, “Please share.” If you have permission, please delete all mentions of the Web of Change listserv from the “Subject” line, the "To" line, signature and body.
Breaching privacy by writing about an issue related to a client or colleague without disclosing the relationship. If a perceived conflict of interest has the potential to be a distracting issue, folks are encouraged to temporarily recuse themselves from conversation.
Persistent questioning or aggressive debate tactics that could be read as attacking or designed to embarrass. It’s encouraged—on the other hand—to ask genuine questions, give honest reactions, or disagree. We are all here because we share a commitment to questioning oppressive behavior and oppressive systems.
Sharing private email exchange with the whole list. That can easily be interpreted as designed to embarrass.
Sharing non-public info between public or political campaigns (illegal coordination)
Harassing people offline for things they write to the list. If you experience harassment or have concerns, please share with the Web of Change Safety Team at email@example.com or report your experience through the harassment reporting process outlined in the Participant Agreement and Reporting Policy
"Yelling at the ref." It’s OK to question decisions by the Community Manager team, but please refrain from repeated or aggressive questioning or mocking. The CM team is committed to fairness and consistency, but those are not always easy or clear cut.
To post to the listserv, any member can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
To manage your listserv settings or update your email address, go to: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!myforums
Warnings & Suspensions
To create a space where everyone feels welcomed and supported, all persons entering Web of Change spaces, whether in person or virtually, are required to refrain from the following actions:
- Personal attacks, hate speech or offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, citizenship status, disability, class, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, or religion
- Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment
- Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behavior in spaces where they’re not appropriate
- Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “*hug*” or “*backrub*”) without consent or after a request to stop
- Threats of violence
- Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm
- Deliberate intimidation
- Stalking or following
- Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes
- Sustained disruption of discussion
- Unwelcome sexual attention
- Patterns of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting or assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others
- Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease
- Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect others from intentional abuse
- Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names
- Publication of non-harassing private communication
The actions listed above will almost always receive a warning from the Community Manager team. Repeated violations may result in a listserv account being switched to moderated status or to read-only status or, in extreme situations, to be removed from the listserv entirely. See below for a summary of warning policies and procedures.
If you have a question about whether something crosses the line, please consider emailing the Community Mangers (CMs) before you post, at email@example.com. And please email the CMs any time to tell us about a message or incident that may require action.
When a post violates the listserv policy, the member will receive a warning from the Community Managers via email. In most situations, a first violation will not result in a change to subscription status. If the member commits a second violation, their account will be switched to moderated status (posts must be read and approved by CMs before they post to the list) for a period of one moth and the member will be notified via email. If the member commits a third violation, their account will be switched to read-only status for a period of three months and the member will be notified via email. After three months, read-only accounts will be upgraded to moderated status for an additional one month, after which the member’s account will be restored to full status, assuming no further violations of poilicy have occurred.
If a listserv member engages in hate speech, harassing behavior or threats of violence (or if a member submits multiple posts in rapid succession that violate policy), their account may be switched immediately to moderated status for a period of one month and the member will be notified via email.
Privacy, Confidentiality & Conflicts of Interest
Listserv members may not forward a listserv email outside the list membership without the permission of the author. That said, on a list with 500+ people, it's a good policy not to write things to the list that you wouldn't feel comfortable saying publicly (or that you wouldn’t want to be subpoenaed by a grand jury or broadcast on Fox News). Over 500 people is pretty close to being a public forum, so please use judgement and discretion and post accordingly.
If you have clients or other developments in your life that could appear to create a conflict of interest, you should disclose that in your first email about an issue. If you have questions about whether you should disclose something, or recuse yourself, please don't hesitate to contact the Community Manager team with questions.
You should also excuse yourself from the list if for any reason you cannot ensure the privacy, confidentiality and trust of this community. We ask that you voluntarily exit or pause your participation in the list if your circumstances could reduce the safety, or confidentiality of the list as a space to strategize and organize toward goals of social justice. If you hold or take a job that has vulnerability to FOIA requests (i.e., breaches of the listserv's privacy based on laws or office policies that require your emails to be public), you should also inform the Community Managers right away of such potential breaches.
QUESTIONS & SUGGESTIONS
The listserv policies and guidelines were created after multiple listening sessions open to all Web of Change alumni, followed by an open process of drafting and feedback. We're confident that the policies provide a strong foundation—and we're mindful that such guidelines and clear policies on event participation, harassment and accountability were sorely missing from Web of Change in previous years.
Only usage and time will provide the real test of these guidelines. We hope that participants will invest the time and good faith to build the new listserv into the vibrant resource it's meant to be. And we're counting on you to use the channels we've provided to reach out to the Community Manager team or the Board with suggestions, concerns and other feedback so we can continue to refine the process and the rules of the road.
To post to the listserv, any member cansend an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
To manage your listserv settings or update your email address, go to: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!myforums
1. How do I change my email settings or address?
You can adjust your listserv settings here: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/web-of-change-alumni
If you need any help, please feel free to contact the Community Manager team at: email@example.com.
2. How do I REPORT TROUBLE OR VIOLATIONS?
Read the full Web of Change Reporting guidelines.
3. Yikes! Too much email!
Some helpful hints:
Filter. Let it sit in a folder. Peek only when you want inspiration.
You can change your settings to Daily Digest to get one email per day here.
You can “mute” key words on gmail to filter out specific threads.
Ask a savvy friend for help optimizing your email (for instance, it may be more manageable on Gmail which sorts emails into threads).
4. Why yet another Google Group?
There are many vibrant online communities. The Web of Change Alumni Listserv provides an online space for people who have shared a similar in-person experience at Web of Change. Every year at the Web of Change flagship events a new class of attendees is exposed to the Web of Change magic and joins the community. Through the listserv we hope that alumni will be able to connect with others who have had a similar experience, continue to share their personal and professional experiences, and create lasting collaborations.
5. How can I help?
Coming together and creating a space is a group responsibility. As a participant, we request your help in co-creating and co-curating this sacred space. Please help by participating, taking risks in sharing articles and ideas, responding to other people’s posts, and setting a tone of mutual respect: None of us has all the answers or we’d be in a different place right now. If you have an idea you want to explore, or you want to volunteer as a moderator for the alumni listserv, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re always looking for fellow leaders.