Community Agreements - 02/27/2019

To create and practice the culture of a beloved community in the Inland Empire and beyond.  We present the following agreements & practices for acknowledgement and use in our work together - in person, online, and in both individual and group activities.


  • A work in progress
  • Gathered from different sources
  • Overarching theme is community
  • Available for download at the website
  • Feedback is encouraged




  • Try on other people's perspectives and approaches
  • Practice self-focus and self-care. Notice when defensiveness and denial arise.
  • Practice both/and instead of either/or thinking
  • Expect and accept non-closure
  • Be aware of and accountable for impact


  • Use your energy  to listen to what is said before thinking about how to respond.


  • Speak from your own experience by using, "I" statements. Ask questions to understand the sources of disagreements.
  • Make space:  Share speaking time and try to speak after others who have not spoken.
  • Confidentiality is key. Trust is built when we share the message, not the messenger.

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