As members of the Wethos Community, these guidelines are designed to create and maintain a positive, respectful, collaborative, harassment-free social atmosphere for everyone, regardless of race, age, ethnicity, nationality, visible and/or invisible disability, sex characteristics, gender identity and/or expression, sexual identity and/or orientation, education, level of experience, socio-economic status, personal appearance, and/or religion.
Wethos exists to empower creative entrepreneurs to team up and make more, together. We value collaboration over competition. We believe there’s inherent strength in diversity. We believe your passion should pay well. In order to do so, we must create a safe, inclusive, and equitable space to facilitate relationship building and teaming.
We know that this Code of Conduct only applies to communities Wethos owns and operates, but we hope they’ll be observed in any Wethos-related groups and forums as well.
Wethos may amend the guidelines from time to time as we continue to learn and develop. Your agreement to comply with the guidelines will be deemed agreement to any changes to it.
When and how to use these guidelines:
Working on teams and projects via teams.wethos.co
Representing and partnering with Wethos at public events
Collaborating with other Wethos Community Members to team, create, problem-solve, learn/teach, and grow
Interacting with Wethos and/or other community members on social media or in person
Participating in Wethos-related forums, events, mailing lists, wikis, websites, chat channels, user research, group or person-to-person meetings, and Wethos-related correspondence.
Our community consists of:
Creative entrepreneurs, studio/collective/agency founders, and team contributors within the Wethos network
Wethos employees, board members, and contractors
Clients with projects on the Wethos platform
Third-party partners, vendors, and sponsors
To maintain a positive social environment for our entire community, we can create a space of mutual learning, growth, and contribution:
Be considerate. Your actions and work will affect and be used by other people and you, in turn, will depend on the work and actions of others. Any decision you take will affect other community members, and we expect you to take those consequences into account when making decisions.
Be respectful. Value each other’s ideas, styles, and viewpoints. Be open to different possibilities and to be wrong. Be respectful in all interactions and communications, especially when debating the merits of different options. Be direct, constructive, and positive. Take responsibility for your impact and your mistakes – if someone says they have been harmed through your words or actions, listen carefully, apologize sincerely, and correct the behavior going forward. Oh, and be mindful of the client relationships you form through other studios or independents on the platform. It’s not cool to poach or solicit new work without letting your mutual connection know it’s happening.
Be nice. Please be courteous, respectful, and polite to fellow community members. We all want to enjoy being a part of a community that is kind to one another. Support each other and yourselves whenever possible.
Be collaborative. The Wethos movement depends on collaboration. Finding, forming, and scaling teams that challenge each other, learn from one another, solve complex problems together, and achieve success is why we are here.
Be inclusive. Appreciate and accommodate our similarities and differences. Members of the Wethos Community come from many cultures and backgrounds. Be respectful of people with different cultural practices, attitudes and beliefs. Work to eliminate your own biases, prejudices and discriminatory practices. Respect people’s right to privacy and confidentiality. Be open to learning from and educating others as well as educating yourself.
Be honest and transparent. Nobody is expected to be perfect in this community. Asking questions early avoids many problems later, so questions are encouraged, though they may be directed to the appropriate forum. Those who are asked should be responsive and helpful. Give and gracefully accept constructive feedback.
We have zero-tolerance for any of the following:
Deliberate or careless intimidation, stalking, or following. Either online or in-person, unwelcome monitoring of people, their companies, work, or social accounts is inappropriate.
Violence and threats of violence. Violence and threats of violence are not acceptable - online or offline. This includes incitement of violence toward any individual, including encouraging a person to commit self-harm. This also includes posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information online.
Sustained disruption of online discussion, talks, or other events. This includes, spamming email or chat channels, 'Talking over' or 'heckling' event speakers or influencing crowd actions that cause hostility in event sessions. Sustained disruption also includes drinking alcohol to excess or using recreational drugs to excess, or pushing others to do so.
Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist language or otherwise exclusionary language. This includes deliberately referring to someone by a gender that they do not identify with, and/or questioning the legitimacy of an individual's gender identity. If you're unsure if a word is derogatory, don't use it. This also includes repeated subtle and/or indirect discrimination.
Unwelcome sexual attention or behavior that contributes to a sexualized environment. This includes sexualized comments, jokes or imagery in interactions, communications or presentation materials, as well as inappropriate touching, groping, or sexual advances. Community members should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material.
Influencing or encouraging inappropriate behavior. If you influence or encourage another person to violate the Code of Conduct, you may face the same consequences as if you had violated the Code of Conduct.
Publicly sharing information explicitly intended to be private. You may receive certain confidential or proprietary technical and business information and materials from other community members, Wethos employees, or studio clients, including without limitation Preliminary Works (“Confidential Information”). By joining the Wethos Community, you agree that you will hold and maintain in strict confidence all confidential information from other parties, will not disclose such confidential information to any third party, and will not use any confidential information of the other parties except as may be necessary. Confidential information doesn’t include any information that is in the public domain or becomes publicly known through no fault of the receiving party, or is otherwise properly received from a third party without an obligation of confidentiality.
Wethos values community diversity. If you’re new to conversations about diversity, here are our guidelines for supporting non-dominant groups in our community.
Acknowledge that the lived experiences of marginalized groups are valid. We acknowledge that each community member will experience the world differently, based on their past experiences, background, and identity. We encourage you to bring your experiences to community conversations, while being open to learning about other people's different, lived experiences.
Listen to non-dominant groups, but try not to put the burden of education on them. We encourage community members to be curious about different lived experiences, however, we ask that community members to do their own research before asking for education from non-dominant groups in our community. If a community member does not want to discuss a diversity topic with you, please respect their wishes.
Be open to learning how to be more inclusive. It's important that our community talk about how to become more inclusive. If you see behavior that is discriminatory, we encourage you to report it to our team. We also recognize that community members may choose to privately or publicly critique behavior that negatively impacts non-dominant groups in our community.
Understand that creating an inclusive culture takes time, energy, and resources. Wethos acknowledges that discrimination, harassment, unconscious bias, and systemic inequality exists. Because of this, people from non-dominant groups in our community may have less access to resources and/or opportunities. It is important for our community to take action and correct these issues. All community change requires resources (such as time, influence, or money). We acknowledge that such resources will be spent towards correcting past bias and discrimination.
🚫 Reporting a Code of Conduct Violation
Wethos takes misconduct seriously. If you are the subject of a violation or if you wish to report inappropriate behavior, please email [email protected] with details of the incident or behavior and the name of the user. Your message will be reviewed immediately, and the Wethos team will respond as quickly as possible. All reports will be investigated and result in a response that’s deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances.
This Code of Conduct applies to Wethos-owned spaces, but if you’re being harassed by a member of the Wethos community elsewhere, please let us know.
Abiding by these guidelines are non-negotiable, and we do reserve the right to remove any content that violates this Code of Conduct and also suspend members temporarily or permanently from Wethos-owned spaces. Further details of specific enforcement policies may be posted separately.