Codifying Values and Enabling Scale

Our code of conduct for facilitators

In 2018, Sharing Perspectives Foundation started implementing activities under the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange initiative. Alongside our consortium partners, one of the first joint actions we took was to develop a code of conduct as we established a shared community of facilitators. Why? Because how we define Virtual Exchange relies on it being facilitated, we knew that a community of facilitators was key to the success and sustainability of Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange programming and that a community should be built on a strong foundation of ethics, commitments, and professional standards. 

Now, with 363 active facilitators that have guided 16,210 participants through Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange activities in 2018-2019 (and now even more through 2020), this code has been a valuable and reliable staple in our partnerships and programming. As frontline implementers, facilitators are relied on to manifest the design, methodologies, values, and objectives of virtual programmes. Maintaining a well-trained and committed community of facilitators has been crucial to achieving the desired impact with the ability to continue to do Virtual Exchange at-scale. 

So, what is the code of conduct, and why are we sharing it?

Our code of conduct lays out what we believe the path to success is, how to know if we’ve arrived, and the rules of the road along the way. It is an essential map that has had both process value, i.e. benefits that come from the act of developing it, and output value, where the code itself can be used in training, quality control, harmonization, and community building. 

In short, we want to share it because we believe that a collaboratively developed facilitators code of conduct has value both as an internal guideline, for us and as a template for others, and an external statement of professional values and commitments as Virtual Exchange practitioners.  

We invite you to view our code of conduct here > 

This code of conduct represents our commitment to the professional standards and ethics that guide our involvement in the implementation of virtual exchanges. In recognition of the importance of our commitment to constructive exchange, and in accepting a personal obligation to our profession, its members and the communities we serve, we use it to commit ourselves to the highest ethical and professional conduct.

Finally, as Virtual Exchange networks continue to increase in number and scale, we think this is relevant for everyone doing Virtual Exchange programming. Whether you are designing an exchange for 20 participants or 2000, codifying and institutionalizing standards will enable integrity, alignment, and trust. 

 How could you use one in your organization? What would you include in your code of conduct?

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