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Common Field strives to facilitate open and accessible spaces, both online and in-person, and to share tools meant to enhance inclusivity and accessibility across our field. To that end, we aim to accommodate the needs of individuals of differing abilities, genders and circumstances. Our current Community Agreements, detailed below, provide the guiding philosophies at the root of these policies.

On the digital end, we are actively working to increase the accessibility of our communications and usability of our infrastructures. Closed captioning is available on all live and archival programs from 2020 on, and additional accessibility needs (listening devices, ASL interpretation, and other requests) are accommodated on a case-by-case basis. We are implementing alt-text protocols on our social media posts moving forward, and are currently developing functionality to enhance alt-text, screen reader and navigation capacities on our website.

When in-person gatherings resume, we are committed to using only ADA-compliant venues for all events, and ensuring that they are either within reasonable proximity to public transit or that alternative transportation options are available. Attendee dietary restrictions will continue to be honored when coordinating with our caterers, and we will continue to offer pumping/breastfeeding space for parents and caregivers.

We honor and uplift gender inclusivity. We encourage all Network members and program attendees to share their preferred pronouns during programs, and facilitate gender neutral restroom space at all in-person events.

We offer sliding-scale fee structures for all events, and provide our artists, presenters and partners with fees aligned with the spirit of WAGE’s guidelines. Our vendors are paid competitively at market rate.

Common Field is currently assessing protocols meant to enhance our ongoing commitments to disability justice, language justice, racial justice, and sustainability in both programming and operations. If you have any feedback, or would like to share suggestions or ideas around these initiatives, we welcome your correspondence at hello [​at​] commonfield.org


Community Agreements

Common Field strives to create open and inclusive environments in which participants feel empowered to take risks and engage in challenging discussions. We see the need for safer spaces and are committed to it as a part of our work. We encourage our attendees to learn how to create such spaces in each of our gatherings and adopt such practices pertinent to their own organizing. Below are some principles that guide our commitment to collective practice:

  • Hold ourselves accountable first, and enter each space with a humble heart and loving criticality.​ Center care in our interactions with others and in representing our own needs.

  • In order to grow a common field that is truly intersectional and inclusive, we need to recognize that inequity is systemic. Before entering each space, take a moment to acknowledge our own differences and be honest about our own privileges and power.

  • Make a conscious effort to resist ableism, racism, classism, ageism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia in our language, imagery, and examples.

  • Prioritizing listening is essential in creating inclusive space. When listening, center the voices of disabled people, trans & queer people, black & brown people, low-income people, non-English speaking people and other non-white people. Silence is a critical act of decentering self to listen and process the experience of others.

  • Give space for discomfort, mistakes, vulnerability and non-closure. It is often through mistakes and discomfort that we grow.

  • Respect each other's privacy and personal boundaries, including confidentiality. afety, accessibility and personal boundaries mean different things for different people. The way to create a safer and more accessible space for everyone is to ask respectfully and learn from one another interpersonally.

  • Have fun. Take breaks. Allow space for yourself and others to enter and leave according to their needs.

  • The planning of our programs is always a collaborative and learning effort with many different parties involved. We welcome any suggestions and feedback that will help us to take better care of each other intentionally and creatively throughout the convening and beyond. If you encounter any difficulties during our events or using our tools or resources online, please do not hesitate to email us at hello [​at​] commonfield.org.

To learn more about safer space and other facilitation tools, please visit: