Community Network Code

Welcome to the Global EcoVillage & Sustainable Community Newtwork!

The Code is simply a code of what mode we need to operate in as members of this community in order to protect everyone's privacy and well being here in the sphere...A few simple things to remember:

When you invite someone into the network you are responsible for using the highest level of judgment in who you choose to invite. Apply the same quality standards that you use in your community when inviting loved ones to visit and this sphere will thrive with warmth and well being.

The Basics:

* Common sense applies-these forums are for open dialogue in the spirit of trust, cooperation, respect, and sharing.

* You are responsible for moderating any group that you start - we can help get started and will be posting info as we go along.

* You can start your own community group and strongly encourage you to do so if you currently live in a community.

* You can participate in your Groups' Discussions and the open forums in the but you won't have access to participate in discussions of a group unless you join.

* Assume that information you post is going to be shared with others. Please be sure to include source links when applicable.

* You are responsible for your own words. Debate can be healthy when done in the spirit of sharing perspectives and respecting different points of view.

* Feel free to post videos & photos or any other content you want to include both for personal sharing and as part of discussions.

* There is no such thing as a stupid question or idea. Inquire! Use your imagination! Share your ideas! Tell us what is working! What can we do better? You have a voice in these community forums, we are all learning and educating each other.

* This network is 90% about the people, and only 10% about the technology.

YOU have the power and authority to build this platform and develop these forums in ways in which you feel will most benefit yourselves and your groups. The Goals:

~To provide a positive space for facilitating discussion regarding the advancement, establishment, and promotion of the EcoVillage model and all things sustainable.

~To share info, educate, motivate, and inspire each other.

~ To offer and discuss solutions, not dwell on problems.

~To grow, strengthen, and empower the web of interconnections among us, enabling more solution based actions which will further everyone's sustainability goals.

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Comment by Ami Peluchetti on April 29, 2010 at 1:03pm
Right on!
Comment by Randy Mack on September 28, 2009 at 4:41am
All just as lovely as one would hope.
Comment by Frank Michael on March 24, 2009 at 11:24pm
You guys are a lot like my community The Farm, I feel very much at home. Thank you for your invitation to join. Kindred spirits and kind people...
The Code looks fine to me; transparency is important, the briefer the better, and as Susan said, more can be added on later as needed.
Comment by Susan on March 20, 2009 at 1:15pm
Sure, I don't see why not. The more transparent we are, the better. This is about everyone's input, so let's leave it and invite more feedback.
Comment by EcoVillage Weaver on March 20, 2009 at 1:07am
I was just about to delete all of the comments above before Saturday and thought...hmmm...this is kinda neat - everyone can see our little dialogue as we created this and add suggestions to it as well...community code writing yeah? What do you think?
Comment by Susan on March 19, 2009 at 1:09pm
I love the new logo- I actually like it better. Looking forward to hearing the "big funny story"!
Comment by EcoVillage Weaver on March 18, 2009 at 11:02pm
This is very good Susan - WooHoo! How do you like the new Logo? Big funny story is going to be emerging about all of it but needless to say - we are RE-Branding! Workload piling up but we should get this done by Saturday...
Comment by Susan on March 15, 2009 at 11:19am
Oh, I didn't add this to your paragraph yet, I posted as a comment (obviously). If you send some feedback I will properly add it to the opening statement you made, just let me know what you'd like m'dear....
Comment by Susan on March 15, 2009 at 11:16am
Thanks for the input Elliot and Dar.....here are some ideas for your feedback. There are some holes, and things I wasn't sure about, so add/change as you see fit. Let me know what else you might like me to focus on for other codes. I don't think we should make this excessively long though. We can always add to it if things come up that need to be addressed here....

Notes-- I was wondering if we need to say anything about copyrights for clips or music posted- I don't know what the legalities are around posting to public forums vs. private forums. Is it ok to post as long as it is a link to another place, if the item posted is not your personal/group's video, photo, etc.?

Elliot- I used your quote, love it!

I wasn't sure if you want included any of the usual "rules" for forums, like no profanity, no pretending to be someone other than yourself, no flame wars. etc etc.....I would hope that we can have higher expectations of our forum members? Does any of that need said as Terms of Service?

Here ya go:

The Basics:

* Common sense applies to the Sphere- these forums are for open dialogue in the spirit of trust, cooperation, respect, and sharing.

* You are responsible for moderating your own group.

* To join a group, you must be invited.

* You can start your own group. (more on this? or do you think it is obvious how to do....?)

* You can participate in your groups' discussions and the open Sphere (?) discussions (not sure how to word that), but you won't have access to participate in discussions of a group to which you don't belong. (this might be obvious since you need to be invited?)

* Assume that information you post is going to be shared with others. Please be sure to include source links when applicable.

* You are responsible for your own words. Debate can be healthy when done in the spirit of sharing perspectives and respecting different points of view.

* Feel free to post videos, photos, music, or any other content you want to include both for personal sharing and as part of discussions.

* There is no such thing as a stupid question or idea. Inquire! Use your imagination! Share your ideas! Tell us what is working! What can we do better? You have a voice in these forums, we are all learning and educating each other.

* The Sphere is 90% about the people, and only 10% about the technology. YOU have the power and authority to build this platform and develop these forums in ways in which you feel will most benefit yourselves and your groups.

The Goals:

* To provide a positive space for facilitating discussion regarding all things sustainable.

* To share info, educate, motivate, and inspire each other.

* To offer and discuss solutions, not dwell on problems.

* To grow, strengthen, and empower the web of interconnections among us, enabling more solution based actions which will further everyone's sustainability goals.
Comment by EcoVillage Weaver on March 14, 2009 at 2:29am
Hi Susan - you will notice that the above does not currently show any paragraph breaks and if you add something it will just keeping stacking the text - don't worry - when we have all the content ready I will export it and add the necessary html for proper formatting. Just type away and leave the final touches to me! :-)
Comment by Darlene Cavallara on March 5, 2009 at 10:08am
we are blessed to be working with such amazing people all over the world that we can put
automatic faith and confidence in their discernment so we don't have to over stress the "rules" but have the luxury of putting in writing the collectives already existing evolved "code" ....
Comment by Elliott on March 5, 2009 at 6:32am
Someone said to me yesterday: "it's 90% about people and 10% about technology". Thought this phrase might work well, ;-)
Comment by EcoVillage Weaver on March 1, 2009 at 10:26pm
Hi Susan - could you please add some "codes" that you might think are necessary to be put in writing - nice thing about this sphere is the people who will be coming are wonderful people so we don't have to worry about a ton of written rules etc....would love to hear your thought..

and...if by chance Elliott happens to be reading this...Hi Elliott! - Feel free to ad your gold to this code as well - whatever you add we will embed into a jpg graphic we are creating for this page....thanks! :-)

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