Ranavain Code of Conduct

Ranavain events strive to be safe, inclusive, and maybe even a little vulnerable. We use this code of conduct to ensure that folks who attend our events in any capacity have a positive experience.

  1. Be nice. Default to being kind, even (especially) when giving feedback or criticism.

  2. Assume good intentions. People make mistakes, and we all learn more from our mistakes when others support and empathize with us. Take feedback with grace.

  3. Be thoughtful in how you speak. Sexism, racism, classism, ableism, and a host of other biases sneak into both our individual vocabularies and community institutions in surprising and nuanced ways. Don’t be afraid to speak, but do own the impact of what you say, even if it wasn’t intentional.

  4. Step forward, step back. Be aware of how much space you’re taking up in the conversation. Leave space for others to jump in, and encourage others’ good ideas. Be brave, and speak up sometimes, even if it’s difficult. Don’t interrupt.

  5. Don’t blow up anyone’s spot. In the interest of a free exchange of ideas, you might hear details about projects or organizations that aren’t intended to be shared widely. If you’re not sure, just ask.

  6. Everyone is equal. Whether you’re a CEO, an admin, an organizer, or banker: We’re all people, and we all have something to learn and something to share. Be tuned-in to the privileges and advantages you bring to the table, and use them to meet folks more than halfway when you can.

If you feel someone is violating the code of conduct, address it with them directly, with kindness, if you can. If you cannot, for whatever reason, please talk to the ranavain event coordinator, or email Kim Stiens at kim@ranavain.com.

Big ups to other orgs who have written great Codes of Conduct that inspired this one. Specifically, Women Talk Design, Vox Media Product, and the now-defunct but always in our hearts New Organizing Institute.