LSF Code of Conduct
The strength of the Libre Space Foundation is its people; who make up a majestic, diverse, collaborative and inclusive community. As such, we at Libre Space Foundation have compiled the Participation Guidelines for the LSF Community, including the code of conduct and statement of Principles.
These are inspired by the LSF Manifesto. And they are created with primarily one thing in mind: creating an environment where humans from around the world will be able to contribute, learn and evolve at their own pace. With mutual respect and freedom to share ideas and opinions that will help make Space humanity’s future. With these Guidelines, the LSF Community should be granting its members an opportunity to explore (their potential freely), develop (their skills), use (the knowledge acquired), and (help them) thrive differently. A way to ensure the longevity, sustainability, openness, equality of those efforts for all humanity … (and for all the members of the community alike).
The LSF Guidelines in a nutshell
Celebrate our Similarities and Accommodate our Differences
The LSF Community is made up of individuals coming from many different cultures and backgrounds. Cultural differences can encompass everything; from religious beliefs to political views, to personal habits and clothing and to technology as well. Be respectful of people with different cultural practices, attitudes, ideas and beliefs. Focus on eliminating your own biases and discriminatory practices. Instead of criticising, work on eliminating your prejudices. Always put yourself into the other person’s shoes-think of their needs from their point of view. In interaction, do not ignore the preferred titles (including pronouns) and be careful with using the appropriate tone of voice. Respect people’s right to privacy and confidentiality. Respect their process and the time they need to get accustomed to new practices, information and a new environment. Be open to learning from others and helping others to learn. Respect the time they need to adapt and allow for questions, worries and thoughts while learning. Interactions with people from different cultures take time to ease into a smooth process. Be respectful, open and inclusive.
The LSF Statement of Principles
We value discussion, trust, accountability and collaboration
To knowledge, approaches, different opinions. To making mistakes, asking questions, providing answers. About your problems, obstacles and new ideas.
With everyone within the community and outside of it (for that matter). Help educate those who know less than you do, and ask to acquire knowledge. Steer away from unstructured criticism. Feedback is always welcome but judgement is not.
Differences of opinion, approaches and techniques will arise, but knowing how to solve those is of primary significance. Please be kind and courteous. There’s no need to be mean or rude.
Be aware of the impact of your words and your behaviour and how these may be affecting others. Intense interactions may affect other people in ways you fail to understand.
If you disagree state your disagreement. If you are facing a problem let your close collaborators know. Be direct with the things you disagree on and form your argument in a constructive way.
Create a Safe, respectful and collaborative environment for everyone to thrive in regardless of their:
Gender identity or expression
Race and/or ethnicity
Any other dimension of diversity
The LSF Principles are created to set the tone for individuals and groups to interact and collaborate freely and respectfully to the community’s mutual advantage.
The LSF Code of Conduct illustrates both the expected and prohibited behaviour.
The LSF Code of Conduct
Providing feedback and Criticism
Being respectful when providing criticism is as important as being open to receiving it. Be conscious and on the lookout for the right moment to share the criticism with the other person. Be direct with delivering the truth but do so in a kind and respectful way. Do not be offended if it is hard for others to receive your truth. Allow time and space for the other person to receive the information you shared. Make sure the feedback you share is focused solely on the other person’s work and not on their personality. Make it clear that the approach or the technique followed is falling short and not the other person’s skills or aptitude or their capacity to do something. Refrain from using diminishing language.
Collaborations, leadership, accountability
If you don’t know something, ask questions and seek answers. Ask for help when unsure. Nobody is expected to be perfect or to hold all the knowledge and answers within a community. Be open to asking and receiving questions always in a respectful way. Asking questions early on helps avoid many misunderstandings and problems. When asked a question, be responsive and helpful.
Take up leadership and responsibility. Lead by example and encourage other members to do so. Encourage new participants to feel empowered to lead, to share ideas, to take action, to experiment when they feel that a project should be handled differently in order for it to improve. Leadership can be exercised by anyone simply by taking action. There is no need to wait for recognition when the opportunity to lead presents itself.
Match your words with your actions. Your actions not only do they influence others but they also have an impact on the way the Community works, communicates and collaborates. Be a link of inclusivity and openness. Design your projects and work for inclusion. To enable others to become a part of it. Hold yourself and others accountable for inclusive behaviours and make decisions based on the Principles of the Libre Space Manifesto.
When somebody disengages themselves from a project or decides to leave the project altogether, it is preferred that they do so in a way that eliminates (if possible) or minimises disruption of the project. They should notify people in due time and take the necessary steps to ensure that others can pick up where they left off.
The following behaviours are unacceptable within our community:
Personal Attacks. In a diverse Community, conflicts will inevitably arise. But differences in opinion or approach often lead to frustration and to a personal attack. It is not acceptable to insult, demean or belittle others. Attacking someone for their opinions, beliefs and ideas is not acceptable.
Unwelcome Sexual Attention or Physical Contact. Unwelcome sexual attention or unwelcome physical contact is not acceptable. This includes sexualized comments, jokes or imagery in interactions, communications or presentation materials, as well as inappropriate touching, groping, or sexual advances.
Violence and threats of violence
Derogatory comments, related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, politics or socioeconomic status. Avoid using overtly sexual aliases or other nicknames that might detract from a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all.
Posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”).
Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour.
Private harassment is also unacceptable.
No matter who you are, if you feel you have been or are being harassed or made uncomfortable by a community member, please contact conduct at libre.space immediately. Whether you’re a regular contributor, a paid employee, a volunteer or a newcomer, we care about making this community a safe place for you and we’ve got your back. A community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive and inclusive community.
Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
Unacceptable behaviour from any community member (paid employee or volunteer), including those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated.
Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately.
We don’t tolerate behaviour that excludes people in socially marginalized groups.
If a community member engages in unacceptable behaviour, the LSF team may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the community without warning.
Reports of harassment/discrimination will be promptly and thoroughly investigated by the people responsible for the safety of the LSF environment. Appropriate measures will be taken to address the situation.
In addition, any members of the LSF Community who abuse the reporting process will be considered to be in violation of these guidelines and subject to the same consequences. False reporting, especially to retaliate or exclude, will not be accepted or tolerated.
When and How to Use These Guidelines
These guidelines outline the behaviour expectations of all the members of the community and contributors. Whether offline or online, during virtual events or individual conversations, online meetings or on the public channels, throughout all the activities, operations, and projects. Your collaboration is necessary and your participation is contingent upon following these guidelines throughout all the LSF activities, including but not limited to:
Collaborating in Libre Space Foundation spaces (hackerspace.gr).
Collaborating with other contributors and other community members online or co-located.
Representing LSF at public events.
Representing LSF in social media (official accounts, staff accounts, personal accounts, Facebook pages).
Participating in workshops and training whether online or offline.
Participating in the Libre Space Foundation Community forums, mailing lists, wiki pages, websites, chat channels, groups or person-to-person meetings, and all LSF-related correspondence and communication.
The Code of Conduct and its Guidelines are an active topic as we continuously seek to make the community even more inclusive and diverse. We anticipate and welcome the Community’s feedback in order to help us further enhance and outline the appropriate boundaries so that we create a safe and inclusive space (see what we did there..) for everyone to thrive in.
If you believe you’re experiencing unacceptable behaviour that will not be tolerated as outlined above, please contact conduct @ libre dot space to report. Reports are received by Nikoletta and Nestoras.
After receiving a concise description of your situation, we will review and determine the next steps.
Please also report to us if you observe a potentially dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of these guidelines, even if the situation is not happening to you.
If you feel you have been unfairly accused of violating these guidelines, please follow the same reporting process.
Communicating with the team
The Code of Conduct (CoC) team is here to support all individuals to feel safe and heard within the LSF ecosystem. This means that the members of the Code of Conduct team are available and open to be contacted for various matters that might be troubling the members of the LSF community. The CoC team is here not only to receive reports of incidents, rude behaviours or disputes but also to provide emotional support to individuals or groups within LSF. Whether you’re a regular contributor, a paid employee, a volunteer or a newcomer, we care about making this community a safe place for you, and we’ve got your back. A community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive and inclusive community.
For this, the CoC team is available and open to all members of the LSF community (whether paid employees or volunteers) to actively listen to, discuss, and support all individuals and what is troubling them via e-mail, chat, or conference call. Through e-mails and conference calls, the individual has the option to contact a specific member or the whole team; the chat option can be used to contact a specific member directly.
Keep in mind that should you wish to speak to one of the members of the CoC team alone, you are more than welcome to do so. However, depending on the nature of the issue and its significance, the CoC team member might discuss your issue with the rest of the CoC team, provided that they take all measures necessary to protect your anonymity.
Feel free to reach out to us and ask any questions you might have about these guidelines. Your input is welcome.
conduct @ libre dot space (received by all members)
nikoletta @ libre dot space
sdoukos @ libre dot space
License and Attribution
This set of guidelines is distributed under CC-BY-SA
Modifications and Updates to these Guidelines
The LSF Participation Guidelines (Statement of Principles and Code of Conduct) will be amended from time to time so as to include, support and protect the well being of the Community and its members. This also means that the procedures may also be updated from time to time. Therefore, you are kindly requested to keep an eye on the Guidelines and be aware that your agreement to comply with the guidelines will be deemed agreement to any changes to it.