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The Network is developing its Guiding Principles to support collaborations within our Circle of Collaborators. These principles will be open to member revision and approval at our formal launch in early Spring.

Our suggestions for effective collaboration are as follows:

  • Communicate respectfully with each other. We encourage using Non-Violent Communication strategies and reviewing the Four Agreements.
  • Be open to receiving feedback, if asked to do so. Be willing to give feedback humbly and respectfully, and ask permission before doing so.
  • Understand and work to embody environmental justice principles in the service of equitable distribution of environmental benefits and burdens for all people, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income.
  • As fully as possible, be mindful of environmental practices with events and projects:
    • Practice the 4 R’s: Reduce, reuse, recycle and rot (compost!)
    • Encourage alternative transportation to events: set up a carpool and promote bike riding or taking public transit.
  • If conflicts arise, please try to resolve/integrate them by phone or in person, using  “I” statements where possible.
  • Please self-monitor in group discussions. Is there someone in the group who may have less privilege than you?  Have they spoken in the discussion yet?  If you are used to speaking a lot, step up to listen more.  If you are used to listening a lot, step up and speak more.
  • Be willing to say “no” if asked to do something you are not wanting (or don’t have the time) to do.
  • Draft a Memorandum of Understanding if money is involved with your collaboration.
  • For paying events, aim for a certain percentage (e.g. at least 10%) of registration/enrollment be reserved for scholarships.
  • Whenever possible, work to make your events accessible to people with disabilities, language barriers, economic challenges, and childcare needs.