[KI-LC] Code of Conduct--input sought

Colin Wallis Colin.Wallis at dia.govt.nz
Thu Aug 6 15:25:19 PDT 2009

Yep, all good points.

Federal employees of course are engrained with such policy..:-) the Code of Conduct is, err, lengthy!! so have not included it here..:-)

Not sure it will help here but my own agency's standards of integrity and conduct have the following subtitles:
We must be:


From: lc-bounces at kantarainitiative.org [mailto:lc-bounces at kantarainitiative.org] On Behalf Of Brett McDowell
Sent: Friday, 7 August 2009 4:08 a.m.
To: Britta Glade
Cc: LC at kantarainitiative.org
Subject: Re: [KI-LC] Code of Conduct--input sought

I'm wondering if there is another word for "professional" that we can use to mean the same thing but not make Kantara seem more like a trade association than a community.  Many folks here aren't here because of their "professional" life, they might be here simply because they care about digital identity and the issues surrounding it.

What about "collegial".  Okay, that doesn't mean the same thing, but it might be a good word for what we are after.

BTW, I like the word "integrity" but there's another word I'm not seeing: "accountability".  We value transparency, but I think we do so because we believe in everyone being accountable for their actions and words.  Is that going too far?  What do folks think about the "accountability"/"transparency" dimension?

Brett McDowell  |  +1.413.652.1248  |  http://KantaraInitiative.org

On Aug 6, 2009, at 10:30 AM, Britta Glade wrote:

That's very interesting--thanks for sharing.  This is an interesting list.  And this *is* a very self-evident list of values, but we thought very clearly stating it wouldn't be a bad idea and would be a good, basic means of trying to keep all of our activities in line.  And to clarify something I missed with yesterday's send--this is based on a conversation with the BoT officers.  I was sending this out quickly and forgot to specify the exact officers involved in the conversations--my apologies.
On Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 6:37 AM, John Fraser <john.fraser at mednetworld.com<mailto:john.fraser at mednetworld.com>> wrote:


I was listening on the news this morning about a concerted national effort to disrupt town hall meetings in August by one of the major parties against the other.  Memos are being sent out asking people to sit in the front row, shout, interrupt and otherwise be obnoxious in these public forums.  This is the type of behavior we should strive to avoid, and instead foster a more open, collaborative environment.  Ubuntu has some good concepts, such as:

Be considerate

Be respectful

Be collaborative

When you disagree, consult others first

When you are unsure, ask for help

Step down considerately, so as not to disrupt a project

More details at: http://www.ubuntu.com/community/conduct

I think this could be a place to start and I applaud your efforts.

John Fraser

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In discussions with the officers, there was the suggestion that a Code of Conduct for Kantara Initiative would be good to have in place.  Something that is clear, succinct, and can be used by chairs to bring folks into line and remind us all of our mutual values. This doesn't need to be a separate policy, but I think something like it would be good to include in our work and on our site.  Key values that were discussed were:

* Mutual Respect
* Professional Interaction
* Integrity

With this, a suggested starting point is the following:

At Kanatara Initiative, we expect all interactions amongst Participants to be "professional", respecting the rights and dignities of others. Each of us has an obligation to strive to maintain the highest levels of integrity, for ourselves and for the organization. By diligently respecting our individual and collective rights, we foster an environment for open, honest, and transparent collaboration.

Feedback and thoughts?  Thanks.


Britta Glade Kantara Initiative 925-254-4233

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