𝒻𝓇𝓊𝒾𝓉𝒻𝓊𝓁 𝚋𝚕𝚘𝚐

fruitful conduct


Fruitful School started just recently—

In the first two sessions, we introduced foundational languages for making websites—HTML and CSS, along with some historical context surrounding the web’s beginnings...

We’ve also been thinking about our own formation as a school. How should we introduce our way of relating and working together? We decided to draft our own Code of Conduct, as you can see here...

𝒻𝓇𝓊𝒾𝓉𝒻𝓊𝓁 𝒸ℴ𝓃𝒹𝓊𝒸𝓉 ℊ𝓊𝒾𝒹ℯ

As we talk to each other at Fruitful School, we are…
  • open and free
  • trying to “suspend judgement” (don’t attack an idea you don’t like)
  • not afraid to share an honest opinion or risky idea
  • building on each other’s ideas
  • sharing often while respecting others’ time to share
  • always trying to help each other create their best work
and we discourage…
  • sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, religious discrimination or otherwise discriminatory actions
  • violence in any form
  • unwelcome physical contact or hostile attention
  • deliberate intimidation or stalking
  • advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior
Tips while presenting work (as the presenter):
  • communicate the main idea in as few words as possible
    • what are you trying to do/communicate?
  • describe where you’re at in the process
    • what have you done?
    • what is still left to do?
  • try not to self deprecate the work at any stage of the process
  • leave lots of room for others to speak
Tips while presenting work (as the group):
  • first…
    • state the facts
    • describe what you see
    • describe what you hear
  • after…
    • describe how YOU feel?
    • share any associations …

We are indebted to the School for Poetic Computation’s Code of Conduct, which they’ve generously shared here. We used it as a basis for our own.

Excerpt of Code of Conduct at The School for Poetic ComputationLink

We also took some inspiration from the guiding rules of a “Bohm Dialogue,” a type of nonjudgemental, generative group exchange started by physicist David Bohm that is essentially sitting in a circle and talking in a group, with a few important rules...

Rules for a Bohm Dialogue
Chairs set up for a Bohm Dialogue Laurel and Cab organized in 2018

We learned about Bohm Dialogue from Cab, via his Are.na blog post.

Note that our conduct guide is a work in progress. We hope to edit it as time goes on, after living by it more and seeing how it feels...