Our building blocks for partnerships
It’s 2018. We can’t do everything unless we work together
Our north star is inclusion of all groups, across all activities, with measurable results. It’s the advice Project Include gives tech leaders every day, and it guides our approach to working with others in 2018. And while we believe in inclusion, we are very skeptical of “repentant” offenders and are outraged by the comebacks of perpetrators with new funds, new board seats, new CEO positions.
We have four guiding principles for partnering — whether it’s in public events, amplifying ideas, or implementing solutions:
- Working together we can get more done. And there is a lot of work to do; we can’t allow inclusion efforts to become fragmented. Project Include also needs to connect with people so our solutions and actions can be informed and improved by their efforts and experiences.
- Perfect is the enemy of good. We don’t have to agree 100% with our partners about everything they do (and they don’t have to agree with us, either) — we just want alignment on the specific program we’re doing together, as long as our joint work follows our north star.
- We will learn from experimenting. We need to test out radical initiatives. They might not work. Project Include may partner with groups and find that doesn’t work either.
- Inclusion does not include intolerance. Inclusion of all groups doesn’t mean working with just anyone. Project Include draws the line at working directly with alleged perpetrators of harassment or discrimination — including them leads, inevitably, to the exclusion of others. Project Include won’t work with them unless they have committed significant resources and time to breaking down and rebuilding their behavior and corporate culture. Similarly, we won’t work with conferences, documentary makers, or other organizations that are not intersectional.
As always, these statements are specific to Project Include. They don’t always represent the views of our founding advisers, who continue to provide important input and perspectives. Project Include values and appreciates each one’s work; but we don’t all have to think or act in lockstep. This separation is important — it allows each of us to listen to and share different perspectives, while we retain freedom to push farther and take more risks. And it allows Project Include to continue to build a stronger organization, brick by brick.