Adapted from the No Nonsense Behaviour Policy created by Shared Assets and Land In Our Names.
ORFC is a place for people to come together and enjoy each others’ company. The whole point is to have debate and not everyone will agree with everything that is said. However, discussion and debate must be done within the context of respect for others and other opinions and difference.
It is a collective space for sharing and being with one another in a respectful way, whilst also recognising that people come from unique backgrounds and are affected differently and to varying degrees by structural oppression on the basis of race, gender, class, sexuality, etc.
Please respect the conference as a shared space and be kind and respectful to one another. If you experience harassment or someone is interfering with your participation or presence at any of the sessions, please tell the session chair. You can also reach out to our Conference Director, Francesca, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be mindful of:
TAKING SPACE – GIVING SPACE
People in the room carry different privileges. We recognise power dynamics exist in the room as they do in society. Be aware of the space you take up, your assumptions and prejudices and allow space for everyone to participate.
We welcome people with different life experiences, values, and perspectives, as well as ways of learning. We think differently to one another and should be able to express differing opinions. If someone behaves in a way that challenges your values, do your best to invite them into awareness rather than dismissing, shaming, or shunning them.
Respect everyone’s identity and background, including pronouns and names. Try not to assume anyone’s gender identity, sexual preference, survivor status, economic or immigration status, background, health, etc.
BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS
Be aware that your actions have an effect on others, despite what your intentions may be. Think about how they might be influenced and who they might exclude or harm. Listen and reflect on your behaviour if someone tells you it is causing harm.