1. Purpose

A primary goal of ThoughtWorks San Francisco events is to be inclusive to a diverse group of people from all walks of life. Therefore, we are dedicated to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, appearance, disability, marital status, socioeconomic status, veteran status (or any other protected status), and religion (or lack thereof).

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our events, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

We invite all those who participate in ThoughtWorks San Francisco events to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone.

2. Expected Behavior

The following behaviors are expected and requested of all event participants:

  • Participate in an authentic and active way.
  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Attempt collaboration before conflict.
  • Respect that people have differences in opinion and that there is seldom a right answer.
  • Ask about gender rather than assume, and if you get it wrong apologize and use the gender pronoun they prefer. (Please keep in mind that continued misgendering is harassment!)
  • Please note that by attending our events, you are subject to being photographed or videotaped.
  • Alcohol may be present at our events but please do not feel obligated to drink.

3. Unacceptable Behavior

The following behaviors are considered harassment and are unacceptable at our events:

  • Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another person.
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material.
  • Posting or threatening to post other people's personally identifying information ("doxing").
  • Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.
  • Inappropriate photography or recording (in any context where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy - in bathrooms or where participants are sleeping).
  • Inappropriate physical contact. You should have someone's verbal consent before touching them. Dressing or acting a certain way is not consent.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, sexualized comments or jokes; inappropriate touching, groping, and unwelcomed sexual advances.
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following (online or in person).
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
  • Sustained disruption of community events, including talks and presentations.

4. Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

If a participant engages in an inappropriate behavior, the event organizers may take any action they deem necessary including warning the offender or expulsion from the event. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed or have any other concerns please contact an organizer immediately.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

Please remember that mistakes happen, you are not a bad person, simply reassess your behavior and do better next time.

5. Reporting Guidelines

If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify the event organizer as soon as possible. If you are not comfortable to speak to an organizer please feel free to send your concerns or any feedback to [email protected].

6. Scope

We expect all event participants (contributors; sponsors; and other guests) to abide by this Code of Conduct at all ThoughtWorks San Francisco events--online and in-person.

7. Contact info

ThoughtWorks San Francisco [email protected]

8. License and attribution

This Code of Conduct is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

Portions of text derived from the Django Code of Conduct and the Geek Feminism Anti-Harassment Policy.

Adopted by ThoughtWorks San Francisco on October 19, 2015.

Revision 2.1. Posted 23 June 2014.

Revision 2.0, adopted by the Stumptown Syndicate board on 10 January 2013. Posted 17 March 2013.