Intentional Space Community Agreement

Intentional Space Community Agreement

Inside Our Minds works to provide intentional spaces at all of our events. While we do not use the term “safe space” at our events for a number of reasons, we work to foster and maintain intentional spaces at our events – spaces that are mindful of our individual differences, shared experiences, interpersonal and societal power dynamics, and privilege. Especially for allies and those new to radical mental health, our spaces facilitate conversations that represent a wide variety of experiences, understandings, and beliefs – some of which may be new or different than what you are familiar or comfortable with. As a community, we expect everyone to be mindful of our Radical Mental Health Community Guidelines:

  • Anti-discrimination and anti-oppression
  • Autonomy and self-determination over coercion and control
  • Centering and prioritizing the voices of people with lived experience, especially those who are multiply marginalized. By lived experience, we mean those who identify as Mad, neurodivergent, disabled or chronically ill, mentally ill, living with a mental illness or identifying with DSM-based psychiatric diagnoses, victims, survivors, those who are experiencing or have experienced addiction or substance use disorder, extreme states, trauma, and other similar experiences and identities.

Discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, immigration status, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender and gender expression, disability, neurodiversity, mental health status, mental health identity, current or past substance use or addiction, trauma, religion, height, weight, veteran’s status, or another similar identity is not welcome in our spaces.

As a community, we understand that not everyone has access to the language and ideas of social justice movements, and sometimes harm is unintentional (intent vs impact). When harm occurs, we look to transformative justice, learning from Mia Mingus’ accountability process: 1) Self-Reflection, 2) Apologizing, 3) Repair, and 4) Behavior Change. Inside Our Minds may offer to engage in dialogue on the issue and / or offer moderation, depending on the emotional and physical availability of collective members, context of the situation, person(s) involved, and willingness of person(s) who caused harm to go through an accountability process. Any individuals who are harmful or violent during attempts at accountability will be asked to leave the space and will not be welcomed back to Inside Our Minds events until ready to re-engage.

For situations of physical, emotional, sexual, and psychological violence, and other safety concerns, we will center the victim(s) / survivor(s) in determining the accountability process, if one is even possible.

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Note: This is an ongoing community document that will be updated over time, as the need arises. Any comments or suggestions for improvement regarding our Intentional Space Clause can be sent through our contact form.

Last edited or reviewed on 07/09/2020