Our Website, services or membership programs may host community spaces. In these spaces, and outside these spaces in situations where you may be representing the brand, or the community, this Code of Conduct applies.
Our communities are open spaces for members to support one another, and collaborate and network with each other in the interest of enhancing everyone’s entrepreneurial experience, including increasing our individual and collective odds of life success.
Diversity, inclusion, and wide and varying viewpoints and experience is what we thrive on. We encourage participation from the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible and want to be very clear about our rules of engagement within the community.
Our goal is in establishing this code to maintain a safe, helpful and friendly community for everyone, regardless of experience, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, personal appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, nationality, or other defining characteristic.
This code and related procedures also apply to unacceptable behavior occurring outside the scope of community activities, in all community venues— online and in-person— as well as in all one-on-one communications, and anywhere such behavior has the potential to adversely affect the safety and well-being of community members.
This code applies equally to founders, mentors and those seeking help and guidance.
This code isn’t exhaustive and everything is not covered within it. Use it as a set of guidelines on which you can govern your own behavior and conduct and/or evaluate the behavior of another when the behavior causes you to be deeply uncertain about the intentions behind it, or unsettled in a way that’s beyond the feeling of being unsettled from a disagreement or simply misunderstanding some concept or idea.
Reporting Contact Information
In any instance where communicating with us about the code of conduct is necessary, please send us a detailed email at conduct [at] scsawake [dot] com. All communications to this email will be kept confidential.
Behave in a way that is respectful, kind, welcoming and mindful towards all members of the community, respecting their values and viewpoints, as well as their rights and feelings.
Work with other community members to ensure that the community embraces diversity, and remains welcoming to new members and ideas.
Be aware and acknowledge that differences of opinion and disagreements will occur, but as a community member, I agree to resolve the situation constructively and amicably.
Acknowledge that if it’s determined that you have repeatedly and willfully violated this code or any other established community policies, your permission to participate in the community will be suspended and/or terminated.
Conduct or speech which might be considered sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory or offensive in nature.
Do not use unwelcome, suggestive, derogatory or inappropriate nicknames or terms.
Do not show disrespect towards others. (Jokes, innuendo, dismissive attitudes.)
Intimidation or harassment (online or in-person). Please read the Citizen Code of Conduct (Section 4 “Unacceptable Behavior”) for how we interpret harassment.
Disrespect towards differences of opinion.
Inappropriate attention or contact. Be aware of how your actions affect others. If it makes someone uncomfortable, stop.
Not understanding the differences between constructive criticism and disparagement.
Violence, threats of violence or violent language
Participation & Posting Policies
Our goal is to help you enhance your entrepreneurial experience. As entrepreneurs we sign on to help people and make a difference in the world by providing products and services that deliver value. It’s natural that delivering value within our own community and among ourselves is a vital part of what we do. To further foster that environment, we’ve put in place the following policies:
Please use your real name as your community handle. Names, nicknames, vanity brands, etc. different than the name that you’ve registered with us when you signed up are not allowed. In instances where we’ve made an exception to this rule, please ensure that your handle is registered with us as yours and is properly noted on your account. Otherwise, you risk periodic removal from the community.
Please commit at least 30 minutes per week reviewing the discussions and conversation within the community.
Provide support in the form of insights, information or other resources, connections, or real-time conversations with at least one other community member per week.
Jump into the least active conversation. While some conversations may get popular and/or a lot of responses, during your first 30 minutes of the week, look for a less active conversation to activate.
Post only relevant content that sparks a discussion, provides you with clarity and support, or initiates collaboration.
Do not post (without clear, written permission) any motivational quotes, blog post links, sales funnel links, self-promotion (including causes, fundraisers, and volunteer opportunities), event promotion, etc. This is a community, which is reserved for engagement, please retain all of your one-to-many, broadcast style communications for the platforms that are designed for that, i.e. your Google+ profile, Facebook profile, Twitter feed, Instagram, email list, etc. This includes "follow me on XYZ platform" requests. That's considered self promo.
Instances where the content types outlawed above are appropriate, relevant and useful include:
Posting a motivational quote, blog post link, or other resource as a relevant reply to someone's question or request for support. In this instance, please do not just share the link or content, please provide some context as to why you’ve shared it.
Inviting someone who you’ve supported, collaborated with, and/or had a one-to-one conversation with to connect with you outside of community facilities to further and forward that support or collaboration.
In place of the outlawed content types, seek to post inspiring experiences of your own, your own results, breakthroughs, triumphs, victories and successes. Additionally, your failures, mistakes and pitfalls that you’ve learned from. The collective experiences of community members will go a long way to enhance the community.
Resolution, Reporting, Feedback & Suggestions
If any issues arises between you and one or more community members that violate this code of conduct, please first seek to resolve the issue amicably and constructively among yourselves and notify us of the issue and resolution by emailing us using the reporting contact info above.
If you are unable to reach a resolution among yourselves, and/or the issue is a blatant and/or persistent violation of this code, please submit a report via email to the reporting contact above.
If you are the subject of, or witness to any violations of this Code of Conduct, please contact us by emailing the reporting contact email above.
If violations occur, organizers will take any action they deem appropriate for the infraction, up to and including expulsion.
If you believe anyone is in physical danger, please notify appropriate law enforcement first.
To submit a code of conduct modification suggestion, please email the reporting contact above.
To submit feedback about the code, i.e. “it helped and was useful”, “it’s confusing and conflicting”, or anything else related to the code of conduct, please send an email to the reporting contact above.