Code of Conduct

Culture and Values

The Ecological Design Collective (EDC) is guided by an ethic of emergence and invites its members to participate in that spirit. The basic idea is that interactions should be low-stakes, free-flowing, and open-ended enough that community members develop a sense of trust with one another. As Keith Hart once observed, its etymology shows trust to be true like a tree : firm, steadfast, and loyal; not impervious to the evidence of the senses, but founded on a willingness to endure risk and uncertainty. In our experience, this means privileging being kind over being ‘right;’ lessons over failures; and critical connections over critical mass. Generosity and humor go a long way too.

This is also a space for users to share works in progress. In this spirit, please respect requests not to share, quote, or circulate unpublished work that is posted on this platform for the purpose of creating community and sharing feedback.

Emergence depends on everyone’s right to a harassment-free experience.

This right applies to all EDC zones, including our online platform ( and in-person events and meetings. EDC reserves the right monitor, prohibit, restrict, block, suspend, terminate, delete, or discontinue access to the platform based on our community guidelines below:

Anti-Harassment Policies

Harassment includes:

  • Wounding comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, nationality, socio-economic status or religion.
  • Deliberate “outing” or doxxing of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse. Deliberate misgendering or deadnaming.
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
  • Sustained disruption of discussion.
  • Derogatory jokes or comments.
  • Spam, or content containing or linking to any kind of virus, malware, spyware, or similar program that could cause harm to a user’s computer.
  • Repeated or identical posts
  • Posting private communications without consent.
  • Profane, obscene, inappropriate, disruptive or unrelated to the topic and conversation.
  • Threats; personal attacks; abusive, defamatory, derogatory, ad hominem attacks, or inflammatory language; or stalking or harassment of any individual, entity or organization.
  • Indecent, sexually explicit or pornographic material of any kind — including masked profanity where symbols, initials, intentional misspellings or other characters are used to suggest profane language.
  • Intimidation, stalking or following.
  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.
  • Sexual harassment or the creation of a hostile work environment
  • Quid pro quo harassment
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Continued one-on-one communication pursuant to requests to cease.


If you wish to report or flag a user post/comment as inappropriate yourself or block a user you can do so by clicking on the three dots next to their name on their profiles or next to the comment.

Sexual Harassment Policies

EDC is committed to providing a safe environment for all its members free from discrimination on any ground and from harassment, including sexual harassment. EDC has a zero-tolerance policy to any form of sexual harassment. We commit to treating all incidents seriously and promptly investigating all allegations of sexual harassment. Any person found to have sexually harassed another will face disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. All complaints of sexual harassment will be taken seriously and treated with respect and in confidence. No one will be victimised for making such a complaint. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. The EDC reserves the right to exclude people from our platform or website based on past actions, including actions outside EDC spaces and behavior towards people who are not in EDC. This includes:

  • All premises where EDC’s activities are conducted
  • Harassment through online platforms, text messages, or phone calls
  • EDC member’s activities in spaces or situations outside of EDC-related activities

If you are being sexually harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the EDC’s Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) at If the person who is harassing you is a moderator or curator, they will recuse themselves from handling your situation.

Constitution of the ICC

The EDC Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) consists of at least three members including a Presiding Officer who is of a marginalized gender identity. This committee will be reconvened annually on a voluntary basis. All written complaints will be acknowledged by the ICC within 10 working days of their receipt. All complaints will remain confidential unless the ICC in consultation with the complainant chooses to publicly name a person about whom they have received complaints or privately intimate third parties of the allegations in the interest of individual or public safety.


The Complainant may request a conciliatory process if they wish to. Such a request must:

  • be uncoerced and made in writing by the Complainant only.
  • Neither party can be forced into a settlement
  • If and when a conciliatory process has been completed, the ICC will record it and forward it to the organisation to ensure that any necessary actions are taken
  • The ICC will provide copies of the settlement to the Complainant and the Accused.
  • Once conciliation has been reached the ICC will not be required to undertake any further inquiry


If conciliation is not pursued the ICC will conduct an inquiry within 90 days of acknowledging receipt of the complaint. Pursuant to the inquiry the ICC may issue sanctions and disciplinary measures including a verbal or written warning, identification of the accused as a harasser to other EDC members or the general public, a request for a public apology, suspension or dismissal. The nature of the sanctions will depend on the gravity and extent of the harassment. Suitable deterrent sanctions will be applied to ensure that incidents of sexual harassment are not treated as trivial. Certain serious cases, including physical violence, will result in the immediate dismissal of the harasser and communication with legal authorities.

Comment And Posting Policies

Community participants are responsible for their comments or posts. The opinions, statements and viewpoints expressed by community participants do not necessarily reflect the opinions of EDC or constitute an official position of EDC.

Copyright And Intellectual Property Policies

By submitting any content to our platform, you warrant and represent that you are the copyright owner of the content or that the copyright owner of the content has granted you permission to use such content consistent with the manner and purpose of your use.

Protecting identifying and personal information

Please note that our platform is available to the public. To protect your privacy and the privacy of others, no information you consider confidential should be posted to this site, including personally identifiable information such as social security numbers, full account numbers, phone numbers or e-mail addresses in any comment or post. If you do include personally identifiable information in your comment, your comment or post may be deleted.