The Stoned Apes Community Council’s Code of Conduct
Zero Tolerance For Illegal Drugs or Activity
No prohibited substances, no marijuana at our venues/events, and no illegal substances or drugs. We cannot and will not help source any illegal substances. We do not condone any illegal activities. This group is for education and integration/support purposes.
The Stoned Apes are about showing humanity to one another and free the spirit of being human.
We want a productive, happy and agile community that can welcome new ideas in a complex field, improve every process, and foster collaboration between groups with very different needs, interests and skills.
We gain strength from diversity, and actively seek participation from those who enhance it. This code of conduct exists to ensure that diverse people collaborate to mutual advantage and enjoyment. We will challenge prejudice that could jeopardize the participation of any person in The Stoned Apes.
The Code of Conduct governs how we behave in public or in private whenever The Stoned Apes will be judged by our actions. We expect it to be honored by everyone who claims affiliation with The Stoned Apes, or participates directly.
We Strive To:
Any decision we take will affect users and colleagues, and we should consider them when making decisions.
Disagreement is no excuse for poor manners. We work together to resolve conflict, assume good intentions and do our best to act in an empathic fashion. We don’t allow frustration to turn into a personal attack. A community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one.
Take responsibility for our words and our actions
We can all make mistakes; when we do, we take responsibility for them. If someone has been harmed or offended, we listen carefully and respectfully, and work to right the wrong.
What we produce is a complex whole made of many parts, it is the sum of many dreams. Collaboration reduces redundancy and improves the quality of our work, which is to help raise awareness about Psychedelics.
Ask for help when unsure
Nobody is expected to be perfect in this community. Asking questions early avoids many problems later, so questions are encouraged. Those who are asked should be responsive and helpful.
Leadership, authority and responsibility
We all lead by example, in debate and in action. We encourage new participants to feel empowered to lead, to take action, and to experiment when they feel innovation could improve The Stoned Apes. Leadership can be exercised by anyone simply by taking action, there is no need to wait for recognition when the opportunity to lead presents itself.
Delegation From The Top
Stoned Apes Community Council (SACC)
Responsibility for The Stoned Apes starts with the “benevolent dictator”.
He delegates specific responsibilities and the corresponding authority to a series of teams, councils and individuals, starting with the Stoned Apes Community Council (“SACC”). That Council or its delegated representative will arbitrate in any dispute.
We are a meritocracy; we delegate decision making, governance and leadership from senior bodies to the most able and engaged candidates.
A leader’s foremost goal is the success of the team. A leader knows when to act and when to step back. They know when to delegate work, and when to take it upon themselves.
A good leader does not seek the limelight, but celebrates team members for the work they do. Leaders may be more visible than members of the team, good ones use that visibility to highlight the great work of others.
“A virtuoso is judged by their actions; a leader is judged by the actions of their team.”
Courage and Considerateness
Leadership occasionally requires bold decisions that will not be widely understood, consensual or popular. We value the courage to take such decisions, because they enable the project as a whole to move forward faster than we could if we required complete consensus. Nevertheless, boldness demands considerateness; take bold decisions, but do so mindful of the challenges they present for others, and work to soften the impact of those decisions on them. Communicating changes and their reasoning clearly and early on is as important as the implementation of the change itself.
This Code is not exhaustive or complete. It is not a rulebook; it serves to distil our common understanding of a collaborative, shared environment and goals. We expect it to be followed in spirit as much as in the letter.