Principles & values

Here we list the continually evolving principles and values that guide open call process.

The Goals & Objectives of our open calls guide our path as we conduct open calls, they set our general direction and what our decisions point to. The following principles are the rules we abide by or standards we maintain, that govern our behaviour as we make our day-to-day decisions in the open calls. The following values help to form these principles, they are the qualities or beliefs that define our behaviour or how we conduct ourselves. Together, they form the foundation of the culture we hope to create and maintain for all who participate in the open calls and become part of the Reset network.

Principles

  • Data privacy advances human rights: Sustain and advance individual data privacy protections in everything we do. In the digital age, the misuse of personal information facilitates discrimination, deteriorates free expression, disrupts citizen participation in government, and many other declared human rights. We believe the best way to defend human rights today is by advancing data privacy.

  • Tell the truth, be trusted: “Honesty is a gift we can give to others, a source of power, and an engine of simplicity. Knowing that we told the truth in the past leaves us nothing to keep track of." Does what we do help us become a more trusted community member?

  • We know very little: View every situation as an opportunity to learn, practice active listening, give feedback without fear, and are more interested in learning than being right.

  • Be human-centred: Measure the actual impact of what we do and what we support by evaluating the experience of those who are at the receiving end of the engagement. We view our work as building relationships over conducting transactions.

  • Communicate clearly: We speak our loudest and clearest with what and how we fund when we are succinct, candid, and kind.

  • Breadth over depth but also reach: Always think about things in the broader sense, what broader effects it could have, while focusing on a specific challenges or solutions, not either or.

  • Assume scarcity: Always try to stretch the resources we have, get excited when things have multiple uses, spend money like it is the last, and maintain a runway.

  • Life balance: This is a long-term challenge and we want as many people to join and thrive in that time, so it is important to take time off, work-life balance, and being a primarily remote-only team is a large part of the solution.

  • Uphold our values: Make all our decisions based on the following values, even if it is inconvenient.

Values

The fund’s values are Change, Collaboration, Results, Efficiency, Diversity, and Transparency. All our values are interlinked and work with one another to maintain and protect our culture.

  • Change: We believe the greatest ideas are iterative innovations: supported by healthy ecosystems that share, use, and build openly and collaboratively; built by embracing change through experimentation, reflection, and adaptation without fear of failure.

  • Collaboration: Helping others is our priority, even when it is not immediately related to the goals that we are trying to achieve.

  • Results: We do what we promise to each other, applicants, supported projects, those who support us, our other stakeholders, and the public. We expect the same in return.

  • Efficiency: We care about working on and supporting the right things, not doing more than needed, not duplicating work, working smarter not harder. This enables us to achieve more progress, have a greater effect, be a part of larger impacts, which makes the work we do more fulfilling.

  • Diversity: We are committed to creating an environment where all voices feel valued, included, and are empowered to bring their perspectives to the table and have agency in solutions. Not only are we committed to taking on that challenge, but we will strive to better support underrepresented voices in the communities we support through a variety of means.

  • Transparency: We strive to be open about as many things as possible, to share openly all possible aspects of our work, including what and how we learned and did it, with the public, and other stakeholders, in a non-competitive fashion. In this, we practice the doctrine of open philanthropy, governance, reduce the threshold for others to contribute, and to make collaboration easier.

Values can be prioritized

Occasionally, values can contradict each other. For instance, transparency would dictate we publish all applications publicly the moment they are submitted, but this could jeopardize the effect and impact of the applicants work. It is useful to keep in mind this nuance to resolve confusion about what to do in a specific circumstance, while remaining broadly consistent with our values.

Values

Why in this order

Results

It is most important for us to focus on impact

Change

Transparency

We trust these values will lead to better results

Efficiency

Collaboration

Diversity

These values distinguish applicants and us to others

Reflecting on values in any given context requires accepting nuance rather than thinking in absolutes. If one believes values-based decisions are binary or zero sum, coming to a decision will not go well, or work out at all. Importantly, even this order of priority is not absolute. Each context will determine which values are the most important. Setting a default priority of values is an attempt to relieve at some of the tension at the start. It will not preempt or direct every debate, but it helps everyone know where we are coming from. There will always be interpretation, there is always magnitude to consider, and that is welcome.

We maintain an awareness that values are not always held equally so that it is clear, in the end, which matters most in any given context. For instance, we are not going to be transparent or diverse for the sake of it. We are not radical or trying to virtue signal these values. We do it because evidence supports working openly, improving diversity, and being inclusive leads to better outcomes.

How we reinforce these values

The behavior we reward is the best reflection of our values. Therefore, we reinforce our values by:

  1. Expecting these values from each member of the open call team.

  2. Referring to our values for each application decision we make.

  3. Prioritizing applicants who embody them the most.

  4. Rewarding and complementing those who embody them the most.

  5. Criteria we use for evaluating success and impact of our open calls and individual efforts we support.

  6. Always take feedback about them and update them often.