Code of Conduct

The Story is a diverse, open and very welcoming event. We’re very lucky that this is the case, but it is because we (the organisers), our speakers and our audience all believe in creating a space where people can talk honestly and openly about their experiences, without risk of ridicule or harassment. This is really important to us, and to The Story as an event, so we wanted to make sure that everyone coming or involved in The Story understands how to make it as open and welcoming as possible.

This simple Code of Conduct will help us do this, and is based on the fantastic role models of XOXO, and If you’re running your own events/workshops, we highly recommend you adopt them as well.

Need Help?

If you need help before or after the event, please contact us via email. During the event, please find one of The Story assistants, or DM us on Twitter – @storythings

The Quick Version

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.

The Less Quick Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified as they’ll be wearing The Story badges or other branded apparel.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance – thanks!