We welcome people of any gender identity or expression, race, skin color, ethnicity, age, size, nationality, sexual orientation, ability level, neurotype, religion, elder status, family structure, culture, subculture, political opinion, education level, identity, and self-identification. We welcome activists, artists, bloggers, crafters, coders, designers, wannabe-designers, entrepreneurs, documentation writers, journalists, sysadmins, teachers, ordinary people, and extraordinary people. This list is not finite and it is both our goal and pleasure to expand it.
We welcome you as the unique and genuine individual that you are. You may wear a baby sling, a hijab, a kippah, leather, an XXXL t-shirt, a pentacle, a political badge, a rainbow, a rosary, tattoos, or something we can only dream of. You may carry a guitar or walking cane or a 15-year-old laptop. Conservative or liberal, libertarian, or socialist — we believe it's possible for people of all viewpoints and persuasions to come together and learn from each other. We believe in the broad spectrum of the individual and collective experience and the inherent dignity of all people. We believe that amazing things happen when people from different worlds and world-views approach each other to create a conversation.
We get excited about creativity — from professional to amateur, from giant projects to simple designs, from the creative who's been doing this since the day In Creative Company (“The Co”) was conceived virtually during the COVID-19 Pandemic to the newbie who just discovered the first creative bone in their body.
We think accessibility for people with disabilities is a priority, not an afterthought. We think neurodiversity is a feature, not a bug. We are inclusive, welcoming, and supportive of anyone who comes to us with good faith and the desire to build a community together.
There are a few diversity initiatives in “The Co,” but there can always be more. We protect our diversity through our Code of Conduct and the team that applies it. We also call on you, as a member of the “The Co,” to proudly show your support. Be generous, understanding, and respectful to your fellow creatives. Seek out newcomers and help them feel like they belong. Listen with empathy when someone has a different perspective. Talk to someone if you notice that something could be better.
We have enough experience to know that we won't get any of this perfect on the first try. But we have enough hope, energy, and idealism to want to learn things we don't know now. We may not be able to satisfy everyone, but we can certainly work to avoid excluding anyone. And we promise that if we get it wrong, we'll listen carefully and respectfully to you when you point it out to us, and we'll do our best to make good on our mistakes.
We think our technical experience is important, but we think our community experience is more important. We know what goes wrong when organizations say one thing and do another, or when they refuse to say anything at all. We believe that keeping “The Co” transparent is just as important as keeping our designs beautiful.
We work within the virtual space of “The Co,” and we invite everyone to contribute to the In Creative Company code, the ecosystem of “The Co,” and the community beyond.
Come create, collaborate, inspire, and educate with us.
Editor’s note …
This document is based on Django Project’s Diversity Statement, courtesy of the Dreamwidth, but has been adjusted by “The Co” to reflect the nature of our company and community. We expect that this will be a living document and change as we grow to understand how to meet this challenge and best serve our company, our community, and our ideals.
Contact “The Co” …
If you have questions, feedback, comments, or inclusion requests relating to our company’s diversity, please feel free to contact us at Connect@InCreative.Co