Guidelines for the conversation

When sharing your views in Our Big Conversation, we ask you to abide by two golden rules and a few simple guidelines:

The golden rules

  1. We do not allow ideas or comments which are critical of a specific individual. These will either be amended to anonymise the individual, or hidden completely from view.
  2. We do not allow any ideas or comments that could reasonably be described as abusive or considered to be bullying, harassment, assault or a threat of violence. Such ideas will be hidden and may also lead to further disciplinary action, depending on their severity.

Our guidelines

Please keep our values in mind when using Our Big Conversation:

Be respectful - Disagreement is no excuse for poor manners. Assume good intentions, do your best to act in an empathic fashion, work together to resolve conflict. A community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not productive.

Be compassionate - Your input will be viewed by others and we should consider how our contributions might affect them.

Take responsibility for your words and actions - We can all make mistakes; when we do, we take responsibility for them. If someone has been harmed or offended, we listen carefully and respectfully, and work to right the wrong.


Be collaborative - Collaboration between teams and people with different experiences is essential. Collaborating transparently improves the quality of our work.

Value decisiveness, clarity and consensus - Disagreements are normal, but we do not allow them to persist and fester leaving others uncertain of the agreed direction. We expect participants in the project to resolve disagreements constructively.

Ask for help when unsure - Asking questions early avoids many problems later, so you're encouraged to ask questions, though do make sure to direct them to appropriate ideas and comments shared by colleagues. If you are asked, try to be responsive and helpful. In response, we commit to preserving the integrity of the conversation, by never revealing your identity publicly and by seriously considering all ideas which are prioritised through your likes and dislikes.

What will happen if a contribution doesn't follow our guidelines:

If a contribution is inappropriate we may need to amend it slightly or remove it from the platform.  You will receive a message if this happens to one of your contributions.   Such messages will be automated through the platform and we will not be able to identify authors unless we have concerns about safety.