For IFTF events we adhere to a variation of the Chatham House Rule to encourage and increase openness of discussion. 

This means that participants are free to use any programming information that IFTF provides with proper acknowledgement and attribution. Participants are also encouraged to use information, statements heard by expert guests or other participants, but are asked not to reveal any names connected to any particular comments unless specific permission is given directly by the quoted individual.

During any event and at any time, IFTF reserves the right to block comments from attendees, participants, viewers, or guests, and to remove participants and/or their comments from the virtual events and chats, who do not adhere to following the community guidelines.

IFTF Community Guidelines

In order to ensure that our events are a place that is welcoming and open to everyone, we ask that participants follow these community norms:

  1. IFTF public events are a safe, professional and respectful environment for all participants, where individuals are free from discrimination, unwanted sharing of their personal information, and harassment of any kind.

  2. IFTF public events are a place where people are free to express their identities and ideas.

  3. Guests and attendees should presume that everyone’s ideas, skills, and contributions have value.

  4. Guests and attendees should not assume that everyone has the same knowledge or context, and encourage questions.

  5. The relationships, conduct, and conversations among event attendees and guests will remain respectful, participatory, and productive.

IFTF Anti-Harassment Policy

IFTF is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. Harassment includes but is not limited to: hate speech, sexually or explicit graphic content, violence, bullying or threats of any kind, offensive verbal or written comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion; sexual language or images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; threats of harm; unwelcome sexual attention; unwarranted exclusion; and patronizing language or action.

If any participant at an IFTF event engages in harassing behavior, Institute for the Future may take any action it deems appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the events, activities and digital forums.

We value your attendance and hope that by communicating these expectations widely we can all enjoy a safe, inclusive environment.

*Special thanks to Code for America whose Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policies informed ours.