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COMMUNITY AGREEMENTS

The organizers of the Common Field Convening strive to create an open and inclusive environment in which participants feel empowered to take risks and engage in challenging discussions. We see the need for safer spaces in all organizing 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 organizing 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.

  • Prioritize listening is essential in creating inclusive space. When we listen, center the voices of people with disability, trans & queer, black & brown, low-income, non-English speaking or other non-white folks. Silence can be helpful especially when it means we are actively listening and processing.

  • Rather than reacting to one’s immediate need to manage disagreement or achieve perfection, 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. Understand that safety, 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 convenings 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 the event, please do not hesitate to email us at hello [​at​] commonfield.org

ACCESSIBILITY

Access Needs


Common Field believes in creating a fully accessible space for all attendees. To that end, all Convening sessions will be captioned. Please let us know any additional accessibility needs (listening devices, ASL interpretation, or otherwise) as you register for individual sessions. The earlier we know, the better we can prepare. 

We welcome you to follow-up via email at convening [​at​] commonfield.org to make sure your request was received.

 

Gender Neutrality


As we get to know one another, we ask that all attendees inquire respectfully about one another’s preferred gender pronouns. Don’t assume someone’s gender by appearance or name, and use gender neutral language in presentations and discussions when possible.

As you enter a session gathering, feel free to share information about yourself (including your name, pronouns, location, and any affiliations) in the Zoom chat.

 

Parent/Caregiver Inclusion


Many of us are juggling increased care work as schools and daycares are closed. A larger-than-usual number of young ones may participate in the Convening this year, so we ask that all attendees are patient and generous with this current reality. For parents and caregivers, please be mindful of the sound of toys, play, and other potential disruptions by putting yourself on mute when your child is participating.

Be aware that, unless otherwise noted, all sessions will be recorded and posted online. By participating in the session, you consent to this recording which may include your child/ren. Please reach out to Maude at convening [​at​] commonfield.org if you have any questions or concerns around this issue.