Reconnection - Commitments and Guidelines

These commitments and guidelines apply universally in Qultura

This is taken from Qultura Policy which is based on our theory and Constitution and is balanced between universal law and legislation. This gives a common set of universal principles which apply to everyone equally, irrespective of who they are, what role or function they occupy within Qultura and how they interact with Qultura. The basis for everything is the Commitments and we have additionally posted some Guidelines. There's also a form here for issues and disputes the outcome of which is always determined by how you have chosen to stick to the Commitments and followed the Guidelines.

Commitments

A commitment to well being.

This is a commitment to your own well being and health in physical, emotional, psychological and metaphysical terms relative to your ability, circumstances and opportunity. 

A commitment to morality and integrity

Morality here is the awareness and understanding you develop of your environment and others based on your personal principles and beliefs and the ability to understand and be aware of each position in a relationship or any interaction to reach the best possible consensus or outcome. This involves being aware of what's going on around you, and recognizing the need for well being in others similar to your own need for well being.

A commitment to individuality and your personal legacy.

This is essentially a commitment to being yourself, openly, freely, naturally and understanding that when you are being yourself you are at your strongest and most powerful. This doesn't mean conforming to societal expectations, social conditioning or belief systems, but doing what comes naturally to you. This also involves a commitment to how you will be remembered by others.

A commitment to respecting the individuality and legacy of others.

This is a commitment to understanding that everyone else is as individual and unique as you are, that like you, others may have emotions, feelings and other things going on which can affect their thinking and judgment and this is about not judging either yourself and others. This comes down to respecting human rights and freedom, both for yourself and others.

A commitment to objectives

This is a commitment to following through on decisions and choices made and taking action, even in the face of difficulty, opposition, up until the point where the action is complete and something has been achieved or the admission that a choice, decision or action was taken in error. Note that this is not a commitment to a belief, a belief should always serve a purpose, be frequently examined, and discarded when it doesn't serve its purpose. Sticking to beliefs and not sticking to objectives is where many people go wrong.

A commitment to participation and involvement.

The purpose of life and existence is to create, interact and develop consciousness, interacting with the environment and developing things which benefit you and others. This doesn't mean sitting back, creating expectations and demanding that others do things, but relies on you participating, interacting and doing things yourself as much as possible with the support of others.

Guidelines

The global strategy

The global strategy for Qultura and Qultura Connect is accessibility, empowerment and inclusion. This applies to everyone. Be individual, be unique, be yourself, and respect that others are the same. We don't do power dynamics, hierarchies, games of domination and control, this is strictly about culture, community support, and the creation of new possibilities and opportunities.

Discussion groups

All our discussion groups are moderated. They're part of the Qultura experience and a fundamental component of that experience is primary social interaction which is positive, pleasant and reaffirming. Please be aware that all Qultura discussion groups are focussed on cultural development and community support.

Our moderation policy is strict. Spam, trolling, and other undesirable elements will be removed mercilessly. The responsibility for the content post always lies with the writer and creator of that post. Online written communication is different from real time, face to face social interaction and throws up additional challenges when it comes to tone, civility and respect. Given the fact that our discussion groups can be accessed by people who are marginalized, excluded, stigmatized we are committed to developing a safe, accepting and welcoming space for them to be able to interact with others online.

Definition of human rights

A human right is the freedom and ability to choose right over wrong in a way which does not cause harm to another living being, does not destroy any part of the environment and does not create stigma or fear. Exercising a human right necessarily involves respecting the human rights of others. We are by definition an organization which respects human rights, specifically the rights of the excluded, marginalized, stigmatized and oppressed.

Objective neutrality

Qultura works towards its mission and objectives in the public interest which are to provide effective and sustained support to people affected by social exclusion and social stigma. We do not promote, endorse, support or favour any specific political or religious belief or lifestyle choice nor do we stigmatize or in any way or abuse someone for their personal beliefs.

Projects.

Projects are how things get done in Reconnection and should have a clear objective, a beneficiary, and a detailed breakdown of tasks and requirements to achieve the objective.

All participation in projects is entirely voluntary with no payment, no charges, no expenses, and requires administration. Where a project requires resources and the beneficiary is also the creator of the project it becomes an appeal. As an appeal it should be fully costed, with a breakdown of requirements, a clearly stated objective and location, and have both administration and Trustee agreement and approval. The only exception are appeals involving someone experiencing extreme financial hardship and loss of income through benefits and these appeals require adminitsration only.

The creator of the project or appeal is responsible for ensuring that there is administration and that where required Trustee agreement and approval is obtained. This usually comes in the form of a unique ID or reference. No resources can be solicited or gathered without this unique ID or reference.

Sharing tasks and objectives of projects

Most projects will involve more than one person as will some appeals. All projects are developed in Reconnection through interaction and participation and through NEED -when something needs to be done, and OFFER - when you are offering to do something for someone else and participate in a project. All posts involving such interaction and participation should start with either NEED or OFFER, depending on whether you need something to do done, or are offering to do something for someone else.

All projects need to be participant centred with participation being task specific. Commitment to a task is the same as a commitment to a project. All arrangements relating to tasks and projects should be negotiated by email and personal message, taking into account someone's ability, availability and time commitments.

Time commitments and double impact.

When developing projects and making arrangements for tasks and appeals time is of extreme importance particularly when it comes to involvement on a project, completion of tasks, gathering resources and arranging meetings.

Please ensure that you give other people sufficient time and allowances for their time commitments informing people in advance of any event or meeting and agreeing on dates in advance of meetings.

Please be aware of the principle of double impact, that everyone is investing their time, energy, skills, and resources into projects, much of which comes from disposable resources and their personal free time. Time is of critical importance. Advance notice of any change of circumstances or inability to attend any meeting or event or participate is obligatory and done through email, text or call (we recommend Whatsapp)
to avoid double impact, which is loss of time suffered by others relating to any task, event and meeting and also additionally the loss of their personal free time, energy and resources which could have been spent otherwise.

Copyright

Qultura has a copyright policy which is based on the 'fair dealing' section of the UK's Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

All content of the Qultura website, including the theory, social theory and all other content is protected under copyright and is made publicly accessible strictly for non-commercial, non-profit making purposes only. We do not seek to charge membership fees, subscription charges, monetize our content nor do we make any data or content accessible knowingly to any third party for whatever reason.

This includes all the third party public domain, copyleft, open source and allowed content which makes up the rest of the website.

All content in all Qultura webspaces is subject to our copyright policy which is based on the above legislation, none of it can be distributed, shared, downloaded in any way for any sort of profit-making or commercial gain, whether that be through sales, charging or monetization.

This goes right back to our strategy of accessibility, empowerment and inclusion. Possibilities and access to culture and opportunities to develop culture should be freely accessible to everyone in society irrespective of background, circumstances and ability.

At a very basic level you should always acknowledge the source of any content you use, access such content from open source or copyleft sources. You should also verify that any uploaded or shared content you use in your media or content is actually permissible under the fair dealing section of copyright legislation.

Gathering resources and fundraising.

Qultura is one of the few, if not the only charitable organization to permit resource gathering and fundraising undertaken by its beneficiaries. There is no conditionality with this policy which is universal and applicable to everyone.

Only Qultura Trustees are empowered to make decisions regarding the acquisition and use of resources. All gathering resources bar the exception )for which documentary evidence is required) requires their acknowledgement and approval.

Please do not start to gather resources until you have a complete appeal.

The only way of making a donation to Qultura is through our website and PalPal. Soliciting donations from members of the public, making house to house calls, using third party fundraising, bucket collections, phone canvassing, and all other forms of soliciting donations may or may not be illegal, but it is all unacceptable. You can direct people to our website and the donations page, which is acceptable.

You can promote a completed appeal and solicit pledges however which way you like. It is also acceptable to make accessible to potential supporters the unique ID and identity of your specific appeal.

Sharing documents

We prefer original documents to be scanned by way of a computer scanner, smartphone, laptop, tablet or any other electronic device and saved as PDF, JPG or PNG. Screenshots should follow the same format.