User Terms and Conditions

  • An express purpose of Practical Academics programs is for participants to develop meaningful and valuable contributions to the community and society. All posts and contributions you make may be communicated publicly through our information channels (newsletter, social media, website, etc.).
  • We will not attribute your name to any outside communication without your permission, though group names may be used.
  • Be who you say you are (use your real name), and don’t say anything you won’t stand behind. Your name and email are available to the other participants in this program on the “People” page, and you each have a profile page where you can provide background and contact information for others to see.
  • Your financial data is not stored by Practical Academics and we won’t use your personal data outside of our programs without your permission. You are not our product – you are our customer.

Code of Conduct

  • The key to the success of our programs is for each of you to develop trusting, open relationships. Your job is to be responsive, actively engaged, and a contributing member in both online and offline interactions.
  • Be good listeners, honest communicators, inclusive, willing to be wrong and grow. Behave with emotional intelligence.
  • Respect truth, honesty, evidence, and reason… all with compassion.
  • Fight fair: Argue with passion but keep your passion on point; don’t be manipulative or manipulated; allow space and time for ideas to percolate: the best ideas are forged through diverse views.
  • Recognize the messiness of the ever-changing world: we must all navigate competing goals and values to peacefully co-exist.
  • Use humor constructively and compassionately. We are dealing with serious subjects and we can tend to get carried away. The judicious use of humor can soften a situation, enabling reflection and compromise.  A sense of humor helps us get through difficult times and help us to find common ground.
  • Have the long view: understand and accept that the end of all disputes is inevitably diplomatic.
  • Strive for understanding first.  We may or may not always agree, but lets at least get along.
  • In short: Behave appropriately. The Freedom of Speech presumes positive intent. We reserve the right to remove disruptive or hostile participants.

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