We found that in the spaces that we facilitate, more often than not, when someone does or says something that does damage or supports the values of the deletion systems, it is not their intention to do so. But if we use our good intentions to deny (or avoid) the damage, more damage will be done. The issue in this Community agreement is that we are all doing the work to recognize that our intention and the impact of our actions are two different things, and take responsibility for all the negative effects we have. (This can be as simple as an excuse.) Every time people come together as a group, we are both a community and a culture. At the NESAWG conference, we are looking for a respectful, comfortable, open, curious and friendly community and culture. Community agreements help us to find concrete ways to create this culture and to speak above and through conflicts without creating one. With these practices and tools, we can challenge ourselves and each other, while always realizing that we all come from different places of knowledge and transformation. Other ways to establish group agreements may be more appropriate for shorter meetings or workshops or for groups that do not deal with emotional or controversial topics. This includes: AORTA is a workers` cooperative dedicated to strengthening movements for social justice and a solidarity economy. We work as consultants and moderators to increase the capacity of cooperative, collective and community projects through education, training and planning.
Community agreements will help you define your role as an intermediary and clarify the Group`s expectations of you. One of your main tasks with the Group is to ensure that these agreements are respected. This is not about establishing rules, it is about creating and clarifying agreements and expectations that allow all Indians to participate. For them to be useful, they must come from the group itself. Once a group has established its agreements, it can be used over and over again. As a moderator, you can also contribute to this list. We expect all participants to practice the community by agreeing that the community group guidelines/agreements are continuously evolving working papers and are reviewed and amended at each other meeting. Please pay attention to your own actions, be open to observing your behaviour and be open to sharing comments with others about their actions. Members agreed to minimize the negative effects of most of these repressive ideologies, because they are all interconnected and relevant to our work. This involves engaging in learning and learning through workshops, policy development, community cooperation, etc.