At District Hall, we believe innovation is a social process. As part of our mission to connect the community to further innovation, we seek to provide a supportive and constructive environment for conversations and meaningful connections. A program of the Venture Café Foundation, we believe strongly in our organization’s mission and values, which you can learn more about here.
We’re here to keep this a comfortable and safe place for all. To support the Venture Café’s Foundation mission to enable productive conversations and to act as a community hub, District Hall reserves the right to dis-invite and remove any individual that its management feels, in their sole judgment, detracts from achieving its mission or infringes on our Community Guidelines.
We expect all guests in our spaces and programs to:
Observe the platinum rule. Treat others as they would like to be treated.
Contribute in a positive, valuable way. Respect the social norms of conversation and engagement, respecting others’ desires to interact, or not interact, based on the context of the situation. Be honest and straightforward in all dealings. Make yourself comfortable and be kind to others. Our open, friendly atmosphere is exemplified by our community.
Refrain from hard selling.
It’s okay to say what you do, but don’t sell. Initiate and cultivate meaningful connections rather than pitching your product or service. If it feels like selling, it probably is.
Respect the space.
As part of our mission, District Hall provides workspace to the public at no charge. All are welcome at District Hall, but it is first and foremost a workspace, and should be treated as such. Please respect this community space — clean up after yourself, dispose of all trash, make space for others to work, and keep noise at a moderate level.
Be an active participant in our community.
The Venture Café Foundation is an expanding and dynamic organization. We rely on our community to contribute to make the organization what it is. Please join us and share the love with a little creativity and collaboration! We constantly try new things to improve your interactive experience in this unique space. We encourage you to provide constructive feedback and share your ideas.
Keep District Hall a harassment-free space.
The Venture Café Foundation is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and welcoming experience for everyone, regardless of and not limited to gender identity or gender expression, sex or sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, color, national origin, age, military service, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment in any form.
The following behavior and language is considered unacceptable:
- Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another person.
- Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, classist, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
- Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material.
- Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.
- Inappropriate physical contact. You should have someone’s consent before touching them.
- Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, sexualized comments or jokes, inappropriate touching, groping, and unwelcomed sexual advances.
- Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following (online or in person).
- Sustained disruption of community events or our Lounge, including talks and presentations.
- Making other guests and participants feel uncomfortable, threatened, or otherwise unwelcome in the space.
- Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
It is our sincere goal that you feel safe in and enjoy the spaces, programs, and conversations hosted by Venture Café Foundation.
If you find yourself in or witness a situation in which you are feeling uncomfortable or threatened, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We are here to support our community, and will do everything within our power to do so. We ask that if you have any concerns you please let us know — we want to be here to support every member of our community, and also rely heavily on community feedback in order to constantly improve the way we operate and facilitate our mission and values.
We’ve listed ways to report a violation, reach out to our staff, and other local resources below:
Reporting a violation of the Code of Conduct:
While attending a meeting or event at District Hall:
We recommend that you first contact your event organizer. If you don’t feel comfortable doing so, please see the District Hall, Gather, or Venture Café staff, contact us via this form, or contact us directly via the email addresses below.
During standard business hours, you can find the District Hall team in our Team Office in the back of the building by the Seaport Boulevard entrance. If no one is in the office, you can ask for assistance at Brew Café or the host stand at Gather.
For guests in our public workspace at District Hall:
During standard business hours, you can find the District Hall team in our Team Office in the back of the building by the Seaport Boulevard entrance. If no one is there, you can ask for assistance at Brew Café or the host stand at Gather.
Suggested Email Template for Anti-Harassment Reporting:
SUBJECT: Safe Space alert at [EVENT NAME]
I am writing because of harassment at a District Hall Event event, (NAME, DATE OF EVENT).
You can reach me at (CONTACT INFO). Thank you.
District Hall (Venture Café Foundation) Contact Information:
Please report via this form or send us an email at the addresses below:
- Becky Donner: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sarah deSimas: email@example.com
- Alyssa Rubin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Local Resources: