Ways of Being

Compassionate Accountability - We align our brand of accountability with kindness, care and grace. We hold ourselves and each other accountable because of the positive regard that we hold for one another and our shared values and expectations for the work.

Intentional Agenda +/or Intention Setting w/ Openness to Emergent Needs - We honor each other’s time and meeting spaces by showing up prepared, organized, and ready to actively participate. We do this by creating agendas with clear goals, objectives and, in advance so that the team can prepare to contribute in a meaningful way. We also understand that there may be a need to flex or amend our agenda flow to accommodate generative conversation.

Prioritize Joy & Community Building - We acknowledge joy & community building as an antidote to the harms caused by this work. As such, we center our individual and collective wellness by making connections with one another, celebrating our accomplishments & triumphs, and having fun.

Freedom to Speak in First Draft - When we honor the authentic voice, thoughts, and ideas of others as they arise, it allows us to show up closer to our authentic selves and reject the fallacy of perfection. When we suspend judgment of others’ ideas and thoughts, it provides the space for folx to speak authentically, creatively, and generatively. We create room to listen more closely to our bodies and minds, increasing the confidence we have in our voices.

Cultivate Openness - We show up with and make space for a curious stance, vulnerability, and transparency. When we do this, it makes possible the opportunity for new understandings, new experiences, and new outcomes, while also respecting that levels of openness are relative.

Offering Constructive Feedback as a Form of Trust, Believing that we all want to do Better and be in Partnership in the work - Feedback is neither positive nor negative, but is productive, benign or destructive. We value productive feedback that leans into our growth edges and centers the kind of relationships we desire to have with one another [kind, caring, and loving].

Listen to Hear - We actively listen, seeking understanding. Sit with it, without drawing a conclusion too quickly. You may be drawn to a different ending.

Communicate and Honor Preferences & Boundaries - We communicate across and throughout GEO [when necessary] to ensure our teams remain aligned, informed and included as we navigate our day-to-day responsibilities. We ask for what we need and respect what others say they need from us. We build and stand on the foundation of understanding and practice as we honor the boundaries for ourselves and others. This is our demonstration of love for self and others.

Culture of Appreciation - We appreciate, celebrate and honor learning in all its forms. We extend gratitude and appreciation not only for what our team “does” or “knows”, but also for who they are. We demonstrate our gratitude verbally, in written word, and regularly. It is a practice of our team to recognize the contributions we make to our collective work in achieving our mission.

Technology Check-In From Every Facilitator for Every/All Staff Space - Our value for participation insists on a consciousness about what it takes to be engaged. Technology checks become a critical part of intentional planning, access, and engagement. It is part of our commitment to build community.

Camera Optional Culture - We honor people’s privacy and the ability to choose how they decide to participate virtually, including joining by audio. We also understand that at times we need to connect more fully, using more of our senses, allowing for deeper connection, and that camera and in-person may be required.