Code of Conduct

This code was initiated in 2020, in the depths of a pandemic, and is irregularly updated. Last updated: December 2023. Contributors: Anja Groten, Margarita Osipian, Loes Bogers, Juliette Lizotte, André Fincato, Karl Moubarak, Sylvie van Wijk

About the H&D community

Since 2013 Hackers & Designers (H&D) has grown from an informal meetup series at the intersection of art, technology and design into a large community of international designers, artists, coders, students and practitioners. H&D activities cater towards active participation, mutual exchange and (un)learning. H&D likes to approach the organization of such activities as 'horizontally' as possible. That is, the way our events are organized is up for discussion, and we try to incorporate as many voices in the process of organizing as possible.

About this document

With this code of conduct, we go through the exercise of affirming and articulating the values and behaviours we aim to foster and facilitate amongst ourselves and in the spaces and community we create.

This document is written to remind ourselves of our position as hosts who invite people, visitors, collaborators, and participants that join our digital and/or physical spaces. This document functions as a point of reference for accepted and unaccepted behavior in the spaces where we encounter each other. We hope it can serve as a guideline for collaboration. If you have suggestions, please let us know. (find contact details at the bottom of the document)

We believe a Code of Conduct is never finished. Therefore, we approach ours as a living document, written as a collaborative effort, informed by experiences, and in conversation with the references listed below, and updated as we go. Every time we rewrite it and read it out loud, for example at the start of a summer camp, we activate what it stands for and open the floor to additions and edits.

Why a Code of Conduct for H&D?

H&D stimulates collaboration across disciplines, technological literacy, different levels of expertise, international borders, ages, languages. To bridge these differences, learn and unlearn from one another does not always go without misunderstanding, feeling excluded, unsafe.

We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect that aims to always become safer and is welcoming to all participants. We therefore propose this document to make explicit what it takes for us as a community to create such a safer environment.

We believe defining a common ground, a protocol is important to lay out as well as answer the question: What do we do when, in spite of all efforts, things go wrong?

We expect...

Unacceptable behaviour

The following types of behaviour are unacceptable at H&D, both online and in-person, and constitute code of conduct violation:

Reporting & Intervening

While we strive for open communication, addressing problems when they arise, we also realize the limitations thereof as the sole means for conflict resolution. We don't always feel safe enough, in possession of the means to do so, and so on. It's for this reason that we want to list what the alternatives are.

Situation that require immediate aid

In case of harassment, abusive behavior, or if there's something else making you feel uncomfortable/unsafe/excluded, you can contact the people from H&D that might be present with you in the space or contact those specifically tasked with ensuring the code of conduct is respected:

Karl      karl@hackersanddesigners.nl

Anja     anja@hackersanddesigners.nl

We are not trained in conflict resolution but are happy to help and mediate where we can. Don't keep what's bothering you to yourself, we are often better in company.

If we receive a report about abusive behavior we will contact the person(s) involved to have a conversation with them. We may revoke access to workshops, activities and physical or digital collaboration spaces if an individual's unacceptable behavior persists.

Confidentiality

What you share is confidential. If we feel like it would be important to share what you discussed with the H&D team or someone else, we explicitly ask for your consent.

Why reach out?

It's important for us to know how to improve and learn from experiences.

Sharing the responsibility of making the spaces and moments we co-create safe(r) and welcoming.

Situations that require immediate aid beyond our capacity: emergency hazards

The emergency number in the Netherlands is 112

Call 112 in case of fire hazards, floods,  immediate medical assitance, acute physical danger, etc.

Summer Camp

Together we embark on the adventure of learning, making and living together at the Summer Camp. With this format we aim for a holistic and intersectional way of thinking about and practicing sustainability (socially, ecologically, economically, culturally) and reknit arbitrary boundaries between work, play, leisure, maintenance and care. For this occassion, we updated the code of conduct and added a section specifically for the camp, taking into consideration the elements of co-living and the climatic conditions.

Be respectful of our surroundings (human & non-human)

Assume responsibility for co-creating the camp

How do we compose ourselves in the midst of climate change? What does this very concretely mean for our presence here, at Het Wilde Weg, for the upcoming week and a half?


Mimizime the chances for wildfires

This summer has already started off with high temperatures and a longstanding drought. There are concerns about wildfires in the Netherlands

Use water considerately

Last summer, a water shortage was announced in the Netherlands and a crisis management team to divide the water. This is likely to happen again this year.

References