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We can start building more accessible, care-centered communitiesWhat I have always been hoping to accomplish is the creation of community.Community is magic. Community is power. Community is resistance.Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century https://www.amazon.com/Disability-Visibility-First-Person-Stories-Twenty-First-ebook/dp/B082ZQBL98/ https://www.amazon.com/Disability-Visibility-Adapted-Young-Adults-ebook/dp/B08VFT4R9T/... More now. We can combat ableismable·ism /ˈābəˌlizəm/ nounA system of assigning value to people's bodies and minds based on societally constructed ideas of normalcy, productivity, desirability, intelligence, excellence, and fitness. These constructed ideas are deeply... More now. We can lay the groundwork for a world that works better for all of us.
Putting care—not just care workThe activities that constitute care are crucial for human life. We defined care in this way: Care is "a species activity that includes everything that we do to maintain, continue,... More, but care—at the center of our economy, our politics, is to orient ourselves around our interdependenceInterdependence acknowledges that our survival is bound up together, that we are interconnected and what you do impacts others. If this pandemic has done nothing else, it has illuminated how... More.
We use prosocialThe eight prosocial design principles provide guidance for dealing with people who regularly ignore relevant advice (or consistently refuse to seek or give advice) and therefore regularly cause downstream problems... More principles to build communityWhat I have always been hoping to accomplish is the creation of community.Community is magic. Community is power. Community is resistance.Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century https://www.amazon.com/Disability-Visibility-First-Person-Stories-Twenty-First-ebook/dp/B082ZQBL98/ https://www.amazon.com/Disability-Visibility-Adapted-Young-Adults-ebook/dp/B08VFT4R9T/... More on trusted relationships and a strong understanding of purpose. Our induction and on-boarding process happens over weeks and months of working with and getting to know each other. This way we develop mutual understanding and values fit.
Our valuesRemind yourself that shared values, rather than shared beliefs, are what matter when it comes to interacting with others, and that there is no replacement for doing the hard work... More are expressed all over our website, particularly in our “love and care” collection, which we ask all volunteers to read. Audio is available for ear readers on each page.
Let’s organize our lives around love and care.
We exist for the direct support and mutual aidPut simply, mutual aid is a form of political participation in which people take responsibility for caring for one another and changing political conditions by building relationships, networks of reciprocity,... More of neurodivergentNeurodivergent, sometimes abbreviated as ND, means having a mind that functions in ways which diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal.”NEURODIVERSITY: SOME BASIC TERMS & DEFINITIONS Neurodivergent is quite... More and disabledThe label "disabled" means so much to me. It means I have community. It means I have rights. It means I can be proud. It means I can affirm myself... More people.
We serve our loved people so we can keep on living through the onslaught.
I center the marginalizedFor me this space of radical openness is a margin a profound edge. Locating oneself there is difficult yet necessary. It is not a “safe” place. One is always at... More and the differentOur friends and allies at Randimals have a saying, What makes us different, makes all the difference in the world.Randimals We agree. Randimals are made up of two different animals... More. I center edge casesCompassion Isn't CoddlingPeople often mistake compassion for “being nice,” but it’s not.The point of compassion isn’t to soften bad news or stressful situations with niceties. It’s to come from a... More, because edgeFor me this space of radical openness is a margin a profound edge. Locating oneself there is difficult yet necessary. It is not a “safe” place. One is always at... More cases are stress casesCompassion Isn't CoddlingPeople often mistake compassion for “being nice,” but it’s not.The point of compassion isn’t to soften bad news or stressful situations with niceties. It’s to come from a... More and design is tested at the edgesFor me this space of radical openness is a margin a profound edge. Locating oneself there is difficult yet necessary. It is not a “safe” place. One is always at... More. I center neurodivergent and disabled experience in service to all bodymindsBodymind: A term used to challenge the idea the body and mind are experienced separately (Descartes). Written in various ways, Bodymind or Body-mind, this usage foregrounds the understanding that experiences... More.
We pledge to act and interact in ways that contribute to an open, welcoming, diverse, inclusive, and healthy community.
We steer by these acquired phrases. They are compasses and stars that align us on our mission.
It is time to celebrate our interdependence. Interdependence acknowledges that our survival is bound up together, that we are interconnected and what you do impacts others. Interdependence is the only way out of most of the most pressing issues we face today.
Our designs, our societies, and the boundaries of our compassionCompassion Isn't CoddlingPeople often mistake compassion for “being nice,” but it’s not.The point of compassion isn’t to soften bad news or stressful situations with niceties. It’s to come from a... More are tested at the edges, where the truths told are of bias, inequalityEquityA commitment to action: the process of redistributing access and opportunity to be fair and just.A way of being: the state of being free of bias, discrimination, and identity-predictable outcomes... More, injustice, and thoughtlessness.
Let's organize our lives around love and care Let's write each other letters and call it prayer Let's congregate in the place that isn't anywhere At the temple of broken dreams
First, the Volunteers Room
We use Element.io for team chat. We have our own server and space. We start by inviting you into our Volunteers room and then into the team room related to your volunteer work. All StimpunksStimpunk combines “stimming” + “punk” to evoke open and proud stimming, resistance to neurotypicalization, and the DIY culture of punk, disabled, and neurodivergent communities. Instead of hiding our stims, we... More agree to abide by our contributor covenant while in Stimpunks Space.
- Consult the field guide page for Element.io.
- Sign up for an Element/Matrix account.
- From within Element, send a message to Ryan at @ryan:stimpunks.ems.host.
- Ryan will reply to you with a welcome, an introduction to himself, and three questions:
- Which roles in social change do you relate/aspire to?
- Which roles at Stimpunks fit you best?
- From our list of things we need help with, which ones interest you?
- After a chat, Ryan will send an invite into the Volunteers room.
- Accept the invite.
- Ryan will introduce you to the room.
- Lurk or chat according to your social comfort.
Minors and their families have the option of getting Element/Matrix accounts on our private server. In these situations, we will create the account for you and send you log in credentials.
Next Steps for minors/families (do not follow these steps if you did the steps above):
- Consult the field guide page for Element.io.
- Log in at https://stimpunks.ems.host with the username and password sent to you.
- Accept the invites to the Rooms that are waiting for you.
- When logging in to the Element app, you must specify the host as stimpunks.ems.host or use “@username:stimpunks.ems.host” where username is the username you were sent.
After working together for awhile, you gain access to all of our rooms except a few kept limited due to legal and privacyLiving Privately. - Building and maintaining a sense of what to show in each social environment. - Discovering and creating new environments in which we can show more of ourselves. - Assessing where you can grow... More reasons. We’ll also onboard you into other parts of our software stack depending on your role.
Progressive, Project-Based Onboarding
Our communication stack is based on the one we helped develop at WordPress.org and Automattic.com. Stimpunks augments it with the vocabulary of neurodiversityNeurodiversity is the diversity of human minds, the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species.NEURODIVERSITY: SOME BASIC TERMS & DEFINITIONS Neurodiversity is a biological fact. It’s not a perspective, an approach, a... More and contemporary progressive educationProgressive EducationA movement based on connectivism & communities of practice -the networks we create for meaningful relationships, collaboration, & learning.A pulsating web of autonomous engagement.Growing and Expanding Progressive Education w/... More.
When onboarding new contributors into our communication stack and community, we borrow heavily from prosocial models and the NeurodiVentureNeurodiVenture : an inclusive non-hierarchical organisation operated by neurodivergent people that provides a safe and nurturing environment for divergent thinking, creativity, exploration, and collaborative niche construction.NeurodiVentures | Autistic Collaboration NeurodiVentures create safe spaces for groups... More model.
Part of those models is an onboarding process that involves collaboration over time.
An intensive 12-month induction and on-boarding processThe Beauty of Collaboration at Human Scale: Timeless patterns of human limitations
☞ a foundation for mutual understanding
At Automattic, we developed a project-based hiring process that also features working with someone over time to build a foundation of mutual understanding.
All positions at Automattic involve a paid trial in the application process, which is a short project or set of tasks that will be assessed by our hiring teams. We’ve found that the best way to evaluate working with someone is to do just that!
Trial projects vary depending on the role you are applying for, but they are based on very real areas of work within our teams.
Depending on the role you are interested in and the time you’re able to commit, the trial can last anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks. Most candidates complete the trial while working full-time and we know life is busy! Because of this, we encourage all candidates to determine their own working hours and schedule during this project.How We Hire – Automattic
As such, we onboard volunteers progressively into our systems as we work together. We believe strongly in “default-to-open”.
But we don’t give volunteers the keys to everything immediately. We work with you over time, get to know each other, and then let you into everything except a few rooms that must be private for legal/regulatory reasons and to preserve your privacy when reporting and discussing Human Resources/Covenant/Code of Conduct type stuff.
That time is usually a few months if you’re a regular contributor. If you’re an occasional contributor, that’s cool, but it’ll take longer to get to know each other.
So, if you don’t have access to our General P2 or certain rooms in Element, that’s why. Our organization is fairly wide open on our General P2, and we want to get to know you first before exposing those bits of our selves.
We also have a commitment to “bring safety to the serendipitycreated serendipity: the more connected you are, the more ideas seem to find you, not the other way around.3 Obvious Ways Twitter Promotes Literacy – The Principal of Change Yet... More” of online collaboration, especially for the minors in our community and for the folks who have been taken advantage of online because of their disabilities.
Thanks for being part of our community and competency networkAll healthy and resilient institutions have a well-functioning competency network (Laloux 2014; Wilson 2015). A good way to understand competency networks is via the notion of trustworthiness and the nurturing... More.