Online Getting Real Code of Conduct

IDA is dedicated to providing a safe and inclusive digital experience for all participants, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race or religion. Participants include attendees, employees, moderators, sponsors, panelists and volunteers. We do not tolerate any discrimination or harassment in any form.

Harassment and discrimination include but are not limited to: offensive verbal/written comments (including those related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race or religion), sexual imagery, deliberate intimidation, trolling, stalking, sustained disruption of talks or other events, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately

We expect all participants to adhere to and uphold the principles of our Code of Conduct for all in-person and digital events.If you witness or are subjected to any inappropriate behavior, or have any other conference related concerns, please email A member of our conference staff will respond as soon as possible. Our staff will respond to all harassment reports in a quick and thorough manner. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, whether in person or online, the conference team will take any action they deem appropriate, ranging from a warning to the non-compliant individual to a permanent ban from all sessions, depending on the circumstances. IDA reserves the right to exclude any participant found to be non-compliant from participating in any further IDA events and all other activities.

Getting Real Community Agreements

Acknowledgements: The following community agreements were developed in close consultation with Healing Justice Ldn (HJL), which creates safe spaces for healing for marginalized communities. Much of the language here was drawn from the Allied Media Conference, which has modeled ethical ways of convening since 1999. This year’s online AMC conference directly inspired many of the community and experiential values underpinning GR ‘20.

The Getting Real Conference is centered on celebrating the documentary community and is a safe space for all. With that in mind, we ask that you agree and keep in mind the following for both the Getting Real 2020 Conference and programming:

  • ‘Making Space, Taking Space’ -- Making our space inclusive means we are aware of power dynamics and acting to level unfair dynamics of power. If you are from a dominant or privileged identity (eg white, male, heteronormative, middle-class, able-bodied etc) please practice making space, through listening, unseating yourself, passing the mic. If you are from a marginalized group please practice taking up space, through sharing your ideas, voice and letting us know how to support.

  • Avoid assuming people’s needs, gender and positionality.

  • Please read this glossary of terms to familiarize yourself with and support us in creating a healthy environment and learn more here.

  • Stay flexible and patient around any technology glitches or delays, as technology is imperfect and flawed, and we’re all doing the best we can!

  • When offering or receiving critical feedback, please do so in a meaningful, generative manner, making space to hear different sides and perspectives.

  • Joy, fun and expression are vital to the work of community building.

When attending sessions, adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Confidentiality: Please do not screenshot or record any breakout session without notification or consent. You can share learning by using the following principle ‘what is said in here stays in here, what is learnt in here grows from here’.

  • Honor labour- “citation is a feminist memory” - Sara Ahmed. Acknowledge and cite those whose ideas you share and build upon with permission and appropriate attribution.

  • Compassion:Be respectful to speakers and other participants when using the chat and/or Q&A function. Wego ‘Hard on ideas, soft on people.

Help ensure that all sessions are accessible for all. Check out the helpful tips below:

  • When you speak, announce your name, and if comfortable, share your pronouns and visually describe yourself if your camera is turned on, as some participants may be blind or have low vision. You can read more about the importance of audio description here.

  • Recognize that some people may be taking care of their children, or another individual, which may result in background noises or the need to suddenly step away.

  • Speak loudly, clearly and at a moderate pace so interpreters can hear you.

  • Be patient, and ensure that one individual speaks at a time.

  • Please content warn or check with a moderator if you will be sharing anything of a sensitive nature e.g (suicide, police brutality, racist violence, harm, sex violence and abuse).

  • Understand that language is sensitive and everyone has their own preferences and triggers. Please recognize the difference between identity-first and person-first language, especially when discussing disability.Please Note: Many activists from the disability community prefer using identity-first language - learn more here.

  • Edit your name to include your pronouns by clicking the avatar (small circle with your initials in it) in the upper right of your screen, and selecting “edit profile.” If you do not use gender pronouns, then you will be addressed by your name on screen without being gendered.

  • Understand that there is a wide variety of ways that people communicate, process information, and express themselves. If you mention something verbally, follow it up with a written message.

  • If you want to only communicate via chat while in a breakout session, please let the moderator know to pick it up or say it out loud.

  • Explain or unpack jargon, technical or field/sector specific terms and encourage and for clarity.

Emotional Safety and After-Care Support During the Conference

We recognize that some of the conference sessions and interactions will be emotionally intense and touch on topics that might leave a participant feeling raw, questioning and needing processing. Our emotional safety partner, Healing Justice Ldn, will be available during the conference to hold space for healing, processing, and reflection.

Restoration Windows

On 10/2 between the time 10am and 12pm PDT, Farzana Khan of Healing Justice Ldn will hold Restoration Windows in the Breakout space on Hopin. This will be a space to drop in and do some light breath work, meditation and decompression.

Friday, 10/2

  • 10:05am - 10:45am Meditation and Breathwork

  • 10:45am - 11.30am Decompression & Process space (Farzana will offer prompts and questions for folks to doodle, free write, craft and question together)

  • 11:30am - 12:00pm Breath and light stretches

One-on-one Emotional Safety Check-ins

Outside of these drop-ins, Farzana will be available via direct message on Hopin to schedule emotional safety check-ins—20mins meetings to think out loud, sound board or do some personal decompression. You can direct message Farzana Khan via Hopin to arrange a check-in. Her windows of availability for these meetings will be:

  • 9/30 - 12pm-1pm; PDT
  • 10/1 - 10am-1pm, PDT
  • 10/2 - 12pm-1pm, PDT

After-care Menu

Please find an aftercare sample menu here, to support you with activities and processes for decompression and building a personal container for self practice during our time together.

Outside Resources

For ongoing support, please consult this list of English-language resources we have compiled.