Web of Change—Participant Agreement

At Web of Change, 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 an experience where everyone feels supported to show up as their best self 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.

To create a space where everyone feels welcomed and supported, we ask all persons entering Web of Change spaces, whether in person or virtually, to follow the following guidelines:

  • Respect others. We respect the sacred in every person and prioritize personal development in ourselves and others. Respectful behavior includes listening before speaking and asking questions rather than assuming intentions.

  • Respect your own needs. Pay attention to your own needs. Ask for help or clarification. Take the time or space you need to be fully present and rested.

  • Do not harass others, and do your part to prevent and stop harassment. Contribute to this not only through refraining from engaging in harassing behavior yourself, but by standing beside and in support of others who you see experiencing forms of harassment.

  • Engage in constructive dialogue. Web of Change brings together people from many different walks of life. Recognize that someone else’s frame of reference is likely to be different from your own. When conflicts arise, see what you can learn from another’s point of view.

ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY

Harassment is not acceptable at Web of Change. We have adopted an anti-harassment policy and system of reporting that exceeds what the law dictates in order to promote the type of community values we want to experience at Web of Change and in the world.

What is harassment? Harassment can be verbal, physical, or emotional. Harassment can include:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, citizenship status or religion

  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.

  • Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names

  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour 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/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

  • Publication of non-harassing private communication


Web of Change community members have several options for reporting harassment, discrimination or other violations of safety:

Read the full Web of Change Reporting guidelines


We give thanks to Double Union’s harassment policy for the examples above.