Whether you are attending a program at our space, participating in an online discussion, leading an ASSEMBLY, or working on a special project with us, we want NAVEL to be a space where you feel a sense of belonging. A space where you are comfortable expressing differences and disagreeing without feeling unsafe. We’ve written these Code of Conduct and Community Guidelines in order to ensure a welcoming environment for all.
As our Code of Conduct lays out, we have absolutely no tolerance for harassment of any kind. But we know we can do better than being a harassment-free community: we want to be a model for actively countering the unconscious biases and disparities that occur along gender, racial, sexual orientation, class and other lines in other cultural communities.
To do this, we’re also laying out some Community Guidelines. These are not hard and fast rules, but rather structures that we hope help everyone think about how to make this community diverse, open, active, and respectful. If you feel someone consistently fails to meet these guidelines, please let a NAVEL staff or board member know. As always, we welcome any feedback to improve how our serve our community. See our FAQs for info on how to get in touch.
Code of Conduct
NAVEL is committed to providing a welcoming and harassment-free environment that encourages open discussion, thought, and participation for people of all races, gender expressions, sexual orientations, physical abilities, physical appearances, and beliefs. NAVEL community members (staff, board, members, residents, guests, and visitors) agree to:
Be considerate in speech and actions, and actively seek to acknowledge and respect the boundaries of fellow members and our audience, online and offline, both in our space and in the world. Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech. Harassment includes, but is not limited to: deliberate intimidation; stalking; unwanted photography or recording; sustained or willful disruption of chats, calls, talks, or other events; inappropriate physical contact; use of sexual or discriminatory imagery, comments, or jokes; and unwelcome sexual attention. Take care of each other and the space. Alert a member of the NAVEL staff if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this code of conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.
If you feel that someone has harassed you, treated you inappropriately, or is otherwise in violation of this code of conduct, please alert a member of the NAVEL staff.
If any community member engages in harassing behavior to other members or our audience, either online or offline, NAVEL may take any lawful action we deem appropriate, including but not limited to warning the offender or stripping NAVEL membership benefits and access from the offender. If you feel you have been unfairly accused of violating this code of conduct, you should contact a NAVEL employee or board member.
Community Engagement Guidelines
In developing these Community Engagement Guidelines, we were inspired by our friends at Massive Science, Spektrum Berlin, and Women’s Center for Creative Work.
Inclusive, no discrimination
Everyone interested to participate is welcome, no prior knowledge is required. Newcomers are always able to join. Be excellent with each other. All attendees at our programs should help ensure a safe environment for everybody. Both our events and online channels are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Those violating these rules may be expelled from an event or program at the discretion of the organizers.
Cooperation, no competition
We strongly believe in the power of cooperation and collaboration rather than competition. As an alternative to the competitive individualism of today’s society, we set out to work collectively, sharing our ideas and knowledge and developing projects through a free debate based on solidarity, cooperation and exchange. Without each other we are not as rich in diversity, contents, skills and destinies. We believe a healthy antagonism and friendly friction are necessary for progress.
A Spirit of Hospitality and Care
NAVEL is a space that cultivates a spirit of hospitality and care, the same as we would in our own homes. We respect the space as we would our own home, and everyone who works here, volunteers, or visits is treated like a friend. We care for & respect the organization (board, staff & volunteers), its capacity (our time, our energy, resources), the facility (physical space), and the community (people who are participating), and expect the same care and respect in return. We respect and welcome those who participate in our community in accordance with our core values.
A Space for Active Participation, a Collective Project where Self-Determined Ownership is Encouraged
NAVEL is a space with many avenues for participation and engagement, including: employment, event staffing, leading programs or workshops, volunteering, the Collective Residence program, participation in ASSEMBLIES, funding through membership and donations, and attending events. We view all of these as valid and necessary for NAVEL’s continued existence.
We ask that everyone be responsible for their own participation and take care of themselves, and to ask for what they need from those who work here and each other. We understand that conflict has the potential to be generative to our evolution, and aim to handle it directly and respectfully, with an emphasis on restorative justice.
We appreciate proposing solutions alongside critiques in response to any oversights, gaps, absences, or blind spots. In the words of Octavia Butler, “It’s always easier to oppose than to propose.” We are invested in the idea that through experiences shared by each participant, the larger work of building communities and reframing creative conversations unfolds.
How do I file a complaint or report if I have been harassed or feel that a member of the community has violated the Code of Conduct or Community Guidelines?
If you feel a member of the community is in violation of the Code of Conduct or Community Guidelines, please alert a member of the NAVEL staff. The staff member will make a record of report and take any appropriate action necessary in the moment to ensure a safe and welcoming environment. If you wish to file a complaint against a NAVEL staff or board member, please alert another NAVEL staff member or NAVEL Board Member, who will document the incident.
All incident reports are sent to the Board of Directors, which discusses each report and follows up with any disciplinary action needed. NAVEL reserves the right to take any lawful action we deem appropriate, including but not limited to warning the offender, asking the offender to leave the premises, and/or stripping membership or residency benefits and access from the offender.
What do I do if I feel I’ve been unfairly accused of violating the Code of Conduct or Community Guidelines?
If you feel you have been unfairly accused of violating the Code of Conduct or Community Guidelines, please contact a NAVEL staff member or board member. They will document your grievance and ensure it is considered with any applicable Code of Conduct/Community Guideline incident report.
How do I get in contact with a member of the NAVEL Staff or Board?
A full list of NAVEL Staff and Board Members can be found online here. Feel free to pull aside any NAVEL staff or board member, shoot us emails, or write us letters. We are here to listen :)
How do I give feedback on the Code of Conduct?
We welcome your feedback on these guidelines and would love to hear any suggestions on how to make NAVEL an open, equitable, and inviting space for all who wish to participate. Any feedback is considered private and between you and the staff or board member you contact, unless you specify otherwise.