Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

All members of the Innovation for Change community must agree to and follow the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as respect our mission and values. Innovation for Change is an inclusive and positive community. To ensure that our community remains a respectful and open space for exchange, all members must agree to abide by these community behaviours:

Acceptable Behavior

Be kind, courteous and constructive.

Be open to learning and listening to diverse opinions, thoughts and beliefs.


Decisions concerning the overall management and direction of the hub should be made transparently with input
taken from all affected stakeholders.

Be accountable for your actions, make ethical decisions and be honest in all your interactions.


Encourage open expression within a climate of sensitivity and mutual respect.

Be inclusive in your communications and opportunities.


In all engagements and meetings, workshops, conferences and Innovation for Change-related events, online and offline, mutual respect during our interaction is expected.


Respect and maintain the privacy of others and all requests to those who wish to remain anonymous.

Ensure that confidential material, including materials about other members is not shared without their permission under any circumstances.


No making threats of violence or promoting violence, either directly or indirectly against others.

No promoting violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease.


No inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others.

No harassment can include offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, 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.


No publishing or posting other people’s private and confidential information outside of the information they have made public, including location and name, without their expressed authorization and permission.

No intimidating or forcing anonymous members to reveal their identities or identifying information.

Six Components to Peaceful Resolution


If someone in the community is behaving out of line, you are encouraged to respectfully discourage them from such behaviour and/or report said behaviour to I4C administrators at admin@innovationforchange.net. 


Everyone should be open to comments and feedback in order to help keep the community welcoming and respectful.


We believe peer to peer discussions, feedback, and corrections can help build a stronger, safer, and more welcoming community.


Solve problems transparently and come to a consensus of the best solution.


Unresolved disagreements will be brought to the regional hub’s governance body such as a Board of Directors, for adjudication.


For any reason, you feel unable to respond or resolve disrespectful behaviour, please bring it to the attention of the Helper Hub. We will listen and work with the community to resolve the matter.


Community members asked by administrators or the hub’s governance body to stop any unacceptable or ‘harming’ behaviour are expected to comply immediately. Should non-compliance with this Code of Conduct persist, members will be expelled from the community. After a period of six months, if an expelled member wishes to rejoin the community, they may email administrators at admin@innovationforchange.net with a rationale for why they should be readmitted to the I4C network. Unanimous agreement from the hub’s governing body will be required for re admittance. Follow up questions may be asked and an interview conducted over Skype or phone with the hub governance body may be required depending on the nature of the initial violation.