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COMMUNITY GUIDELINES

At Innovation 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 St. Louis, 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 St. Louis’ mission to enable productive conversations and to act as a community hub, Innovation 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, Innovation Hall provides workspace to the public at no charge. All are welcome at Innovation 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.

Venture Café St. Louis 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 INNOVATION HALL A HARASSMENT-FREE SPACE.

Venture Café St. Louis 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 Civic 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 St. Louis.

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 Innovation Hall:

We recommend that you first contact your event organizer. If you don’t feel comfortable doing so, please see the Innovation Hall, The Chocolate Pig, or Venture Café St. Louis staff, or contact us directly via the email addresses below.

During standard business hours, you can find the Innovation Hall team in our Team Office in the front of the space by the building lobby. If no one is in the office, you can ask for assistance at The Market or the host stand at the Chocolate Pig.

For guests in our public workspace at Innovation Hall:

Please see the Innovation Hall, The Chocolate Pig, or Venture Café St. Louis staff, or contact us directly via the email addresses below.

During standard business hours, you can find the Innovation Hall team in our Team Office in the front of the space by the building lobby. If no one is in the office, you can ask for assistance at The Market or the host stand at the Chocolate Pig.

Suggested Email Template for Anti-Harassment Reporting:

SUBJECT: Safe Space alert at [EVENT NAME]

I am writing because of harassment at a Innovation Hall Event event, (NAME, DATE OF EVENT).
You can reach me at (CONTACT INFO). Thank you.

Innovation Hall (Venture Café St. Louis) Contact Information:

Please report via this form or send us an email at the addresses below:

Jessica LaBozzetta: jessica@vencafstl.org

Sherita Love: sherita@vencafstl.org


Additional Local Resources:

St. Louis Police, non-emergency: 314.231.1212
St. Louis Emergency Medical Services: 314.645.9160
St. Louis Regional Sexual Assault Hotline: 314.531.7273

Laclede Cab (Local Taxi) 314.652.3456: http://lacledecab.com/