OUR CODE OF CONDUCT
1. Our experiences are made by people, for people, and with people. People are at the very core of what we do, and we firmly believe that those people matter more than anything else about the experience itself.
2. We care about the well-being of our participants, our helpers, and our team members. Harmful or dangerous behaviour will not be tolerated, no matter who it is directed at or perpetrated by.
3. We do not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, body shaming, bullying, or any other form of bigotry and hate. This includes hate speech, racist language, slurs, and intentional misgendering. We create experiences where people of all kinds and backgrounds connect with one another. Our experiences form a community where everyone is respected, and we will intervene when we learn of people acting against that goal.
4. We do not tolerate theft or physical violence at our events.
5. At our events, we have a “yes means yes” standard of consent for all interactions. This means that unless someone has given you their explicit verbal consent, you should never assume you have received it. A lack of response is never equivalent to consent! Consent that is given under social pressure or threat is also not considered valid consent – true consent must be freely given. This applies to social interactions as well as all romantic or sexual interactions.
6. We try our best to make our experiences accessible to everybody. Sometimes that is impossible, whether due to the physical reality of the location, the design of the event, or something else, and we reserve the right to exclude people who will not be able to participate.
7. Everyone is responsible for being aware of their own needs and limits, and setting their own boundaries. When boundaries are set, they must be respected. Everyone is responsible for the actions they take.
8. We have two guidelines that we apply to every situation. As best we can, and acknowledging that we are not trained investigators, we (1) double check facts and we (2) double check intent. Experience shows that this solves many problems. If that doesn’t lead to a solution acceptable to the involved parties, we will take action.
9. We are all human, and we all make mistakes. This means that even with the best of intentions we can unwittingly cause harm to others. We always default to assuming good intent and good faith, but it is not a shield that can be used to avoid accountability.
10. If you experience something that makes you or someone else uncomfortable, please inform the organizers.We will do our best to help you. Sometimes all that is needed is a kind word and a quiet place to relax in. Other issues may require stronger measures. We cannot fix what we are not aware of, so please report any incidents that make you or others uncomfortable.
11. Our goal is to try to solve matters amicably, but we have banned participants from our experiences due to unacceptable behaviour and we stand ready to do so again if needed.
12. This Code of Conduct is a living document that may be updated when we come across new knowledge or situations. It is not a rulebook to be hacked or an exhaustive list that covers anything and everything. It is a guideline for ourselves and our participants that helps us all in our shared goal: explore the extraordinary together.