Guidelines

Win The City

Guidelines for Participation + Communication

The type of community interaction Win the City wants to encourage is guided by principles rather than personalities. The following Guidelines for Participation and Communication are here to support conversations grounded in respect and accountability in all Win the City-related forums, mailing lists, wikis, web sites, events, public meetings or person to person WTC-related correspondence.

All group members are expected to be accountable to these guidelines. Without such checks on behavior a safe space for participants cannot be guaranteed, and the essential character of the group is compromised.

Policy on Inclusion and Diversity

WTC welcomes and encourages participation by everyone. It doesn’t matter how you identify yourself or how others perceive you: we welcome you. We welcome contributions from everyone as long as they interact constructively. WTC does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, or any other characteristic.

Some participants may identify with activities or organizations that do not support the same inclusion and diversity standards as WTC. When this is the case:

    1. support for exclusionary practices must not be carried into WTC activities.
    2. support for exclusionary practices in non-WTC activities should not be expressed in WTC spaces.
    3. When (or) if (1) and (2) are met, other participants should treat this as a private matter, not a WTC issue.

All efforts, intentional or unintentional, to exclude people from WTC are not acceptable and will be addressed by a WTC dedicated resolution group. If you believe you’re experiencing practices which don’t meet the Inclusion and Diversity policy, please contact Jack – jackrabbit@winthecity.us

Communication

The Win the City community is composed of a multitude of personalities and relationships that encompass more than the interactions strictly required to win elections. Inevitably, conflicts will arise. We must be able to speak directly when we disagree and when we think we need to improve. We need to be honest, direct and respectful. Sometimes our ways of communicating will differ in style and sometimes our attempts at humor will backfire. Try to share what’s important to you and to be considerate of fellow group members. Remember to:

  1. Be Curious and Open to Learning – Listen to and be open to hearing all points of view. Maintain an attitude of exploration and learning.
  2. Balance Advocacy and Inquiry – Seek to learn and understand as much as you might want to persuade. Conversations are as much about listening as they are about talking.
  3. Show Respect and Suspend Judgment – Setting judgments aside will enable you to learn from others, and contribute to others experiencing being respected and appreciated.
  4. Be Purposeful and to the Point – Notice if what you are conveying is or is not relevant to the discussion. Notice if you are making the same point more than once. Do your best to make your point quickly with honesty and depth.
  5. Own and Guide the Conversation or Process – Take responsibility for the quality of your participation and the quality of the work conversations by noticing what’s happening and actively support getting yourself and others back “on track” when needed.

Consensus

Consensus allows for more productive, efficient and inclusive group cooperation. When we consent to a decision we do not have to agree that it is the decision we would have chosen. But we can consent to decisions we disagree with as long as we believe the group is acting in good faith and the decision doesn’t violate the group’s core principles. For example, your ideal dinner spot might be Indian food, but your friends all want to get Italian. Getting Italian is not violating any particular principles you or your friends subscribe to. You’ll be able to eat and be satisfied afterwards, even though it wasn’t what you wanted initially.

Our goal in reaching consensus should not be to win every argument or difference of opinion. A more productive goal is to be open to ideas other than our own. You may not agree with a decision, but you can agree to trust your fellow WTC members.

Approaches to Handling Conflicts

  1. Direct Conversation – If you are comfortable having a direct talk with the  person with whom you are in conflict, this is a good way to start.
  2. Conversation with Other Trusted Participants – If you’re not comfortable having a direct conversation, identify one or more people you trust. It will be helpful to try to identify the root of the conflict.
  3. Dedicated conflict resolution – We will establish a group dedicated to conflict resolution. Until then please contact jackrabbit@winthecity.us if you have questions or need help resolving conflicts.