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community credo

Let’s all just get along.

The Venture Cafe Credo is not a list of suggestions; these are simply the rules of engagement. You behave in accordance with the Credo and we all win.

DO: Make yourself at home.

Tip: Be welcoming and friendly…and help keep the place tidy.

DO: Contribute in a positive way that creates a safe and respectful community.

Tip: Respect the social norms of conversation and professional engagement. Respect others’ desire to interact, or not, based on the context of the situation.

DO: Become an active participant in our experiment.

Tip: Challenge yourself to think outsides of your norms and grow. Be willing to provide constructive feedback and share your ideas.

DO: Attend with a mind of inquiry.

Tip: Learn about other guests’ projects, explore new perspectives, consider the absurd. Ask yourself how can I help?

DO: You are part of this community, help build it

Tip: Participate, spread the word, invite new faces, share your expertise and present.

DO: Connect responsibly and respectfully.

Tip: We are not a bar, this is not a happy hour. If you think it is, you are in the wrong place. Remember, we’ll serve you up to 3 drinks, don’t ask for a 4th.

DO: Foster inclusivity.

Tip: Great minds may think alike but it will take diverse minds to change the world. The community thrives because we welcome participants without regard to race, color, gender, sex, religion, national origin, age, military service, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, or disability.

DON’T: We are not a venue for hard selling.

Tip: Innovation is about top level thinking, not bottom line outcomes. Focus on building relationships that will last. Imagine the best environment possible…and make it happen.

Venture Cafe is a safe place – safe to try, safe to fail, safe to learn, safe to grow and safe to connect. Please reach out to anyone on staff if this isn’t the case or if you want to help make it more amazing.

To support the Venture Cafe mission to enable fresh and useful conversations and to act as a community hub, Venture Cafe reserves the right to dis-invite any individual that its management feel, in their sole judgement, detracts from achieving its mission or infringes on the above credo. We see this as a living document and welcome comments on this, our expression of the Venture Cafe philosophy.