We have developed this community code of conduct to actively set expectations for the Spark the Change Melbourne community and to promote safety and inclusiveness for all participants.
Last updated: September 2019
Everyone participating in the Spark the Change Melbourne community—including online channels is required to agree to the following code of conduct. This includes all contributors/participants, session leaders/speakers, supporters, and volunteers.
Spark the Change Melbourne organisers will enforce this code during its events. We expect cooperation from everyone to promote and sustain a safe, diverse, and welcoming environment.
The short version
Spark the Change Melbourne is 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.
Sexist, racist, discriminatory, or harassing language and imagery is not appropriate in the Spark the Change Melbourne community, in person or online. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the Spark the Change Melbourne, online channels (e.g Slack), and all future events without a refund at the discretion of Spark the Change Melbourne organizers.
The longer version
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are required to comply immediately.
If a participant engages in any of the aforementioned behaviour, Spark the Change Melbourne may take any action they deem appropriate, from warning the offender to immediately expelling the offender with no refund.
We understand that not everyone is comfortable with their photo being taken, for a variety of reasons.
When you check-in, please let us know and you will be given a way of distinguishing whether you would prefer to not be photographedin the form of a lanyard to wear.
Our photographer will try to avoid taking photos of you. In addition, we will take all reasonable measures to not publish any photos taken at the event where you are identifiable. If you are inadvertently included in a group photo or a wide shot, we will take every reasonable measure to obscure you, or remove the photo or photos.
The lanyards are bamboo, not plastic. If you return them to us, at the end of your conference, we will reuse them.
Reporting and Enforcement
If you feel you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an organizer or volunteer. If you can’t or don’t wish to speak in person, or prefer to talk privately or electronically, contact us firstname.lastname@example.org or by direct message in Slack or Twitter.
All reports will be handled in the strictest confidence.
At a Spark the Change Melbourne event—contact Spark the Change Melbourne organisers, a or an Spark the Change Melbourne volunteer (identified by a event staff t-shirt) immediately. Spark the Change Melbourne staff will be happy to help assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.
This document was based on the Code of Conduct from XOXO Conference, which was in turn inspired by the work of JSConf, Geek Feminism, confcodeofconduct.com, and inspired by resources provided by Ashe Dryden. A version of the Community code of Conduct is also in place for LAST Conference, which is also organised by Tabar.
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