ERE’s values

Feb 1, 2009
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If the gods of software development are kind, we’ll be launching a major revamp to all things social on in the next few weeks. It’s given me the chance to look at every aspect of the site with a fresh eye.

As an exercise, I wrote up a draft of what I believe is all about — our raison d’être.  Here’s what I came up with:

ERE’s mission: To facilitate dialogue and learning about talent acquisition.

ERE’s values:

  • Sharing & Freedom of Expression. We built to make it easy for all talent acquisition professionals to share their knowledge and learn from their peers. We encourage you to speak your mind because diversity of opinion makes the conversation richer for all. We don’t agree with every opinion on, and we don’t expect you to either.
  • Debate & Civility. We believe that the best ideas are arrived at through the crucible of questioning and debate. In order for this dialogue to flourish, there must be an atmosphere of mutual respect and assumption of good faith on the part of all the participants. Comment on the content, not the contributor.
  • Transparency. In any dialogue, we believe in personal responsibility and accountability. If we are not willing to put your true names and reputations behind a statement, we believe that it should not be said.

It’s only a draft for now, and I’m putting it out there for feedback from the ERE community. Are there big picture values that I’m not including?

If you have suggestions, let me hear them in the comments!

Principles of Open Space: Graphic by deb roby on Flickr (cc)
This article is part of a series called News & Trends.
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