We must be the change we wish to see in the world. -- Gandhi
To provide a context for authentic participation, we need sanctuary -- a safe place to share what is on our minds and hearts so we can tap the creative wellsprings of who we are together.
To that end, we have a covenant of confidentiality and community norms. All CIP participants are asked to agree to it.
A covenant is an agreement or compact among two or more parties. The word covenant comes from Old French and Latin roots meaning "to come together" or "to be of one mind."
Our norms may evolve as the community develops. To begin, participants are asked to agree to:
To further create a safe environment, we each complete an on-line Personal Profile so that all members are better known to each other.
- keep confidential other people's items (unless permission is explicitly given by the author to do otherwise); each person's words are his or her own
- recognize that together we are creating shared meaning which belongs to all of us
- participate thoughtfully and respond on time, usually checking in 2-3 times a week
- if possible, use Who's Here to let others know when you will be away or unable to participate fully for whatever reason; for example, some people will be traveling or on vacation during parts of the CIP
- operate in the spirit of inquiry, knowing there is no exclusive right answer, but everyone has part of the answer, so it's important to hear and consider all points of view and examine our deeply held assumptions
- listen with care and compassion to what's behind each person's words, as well as to the words themselves (active, compassionate, and reflective listening)
- be willing to be open to new ideas, possibilities, and ways of being
- engage in a personal practice of your own choice for the duration of the CIP
- be responsible for asking for what you want and need and for agreeing or not agreeing to others' requests
- clear up any issues as they arise with the person or people directly involved
- express your truth as clearly and gracefully as you can in the moment, without blame or judgment
- where appropriate, speak from your heart as well as from your mind, bringing more of yourself to the conversation
- follow your own inner wisdom and guidance
Finally, all communications are encrypted so that people outside the Community cannot read them.
From the 1996 Awakening Technology Community of Inquiry and Practice (CIP)
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