Code of Conduct

Everyone participating in Personal Democracy Forum is expected to abide by the following code of conduct.This includes all conference attendees, speakers, staff and volunteers.

We will enforce this code during the event. Please help us ensure a safe, diverse, and welcoming environment for all who come under our roof.

Personal Democracy Forum is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Exception: Discussion or images related to sex, pornography, discriminatory language, or similar is welcome if it meets all of the following criteria:

  • It is necessary to the topic of discussion
  • It is presented in a respectful manner
  • Attendees are respectfully given ample warning and opportunity to leave beforehand.

This exception specifically does not allow use of gratuitous sexual images as attention-getting devices or unnecessary examples.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
If a participant engages in any of the aforementioned behavior, we may take any action we deem appropriate, from warning the offender to immediately expelling the offender with no refund.

We also are dedicated to making sure that people with different political viewpoints feel comfortable while attending the conference. This is a trans-partisan event that encourages dialogue across political divides, and thus you may hear people express viewpoints on issues that are different from yours. We expect that participants will treat each other with civility, and do their best to “agree to disagree” about partisan issues during the event. Dissent and friendly debate are encouraged, but if someone insists on haranguing others to the detriment of civil dialogue, we may take any action we deem appropriate, from warning the offender to immediately expelling them with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact Andrew Rasiej, Micah Sifry, or Danielle Tomson immediately. If you can’t or don’t wish to speak in person, or prefer to talk privately or electronically, contact us at [email protected]

All reports will be handled in the strictest confidence.

[This code was developed in consultation with our friend Deanna Zandt and draws on the XOXO Festival Code of Conduct as well.]