CORE VALUES OF THE OCEAN VISIONS COMMUNITY
Ocean Visions strives to cultivate a diverse, equitable, just, and inclusive community of researchers and practitioners around the world focused on solutions for a healthy and sustainable ocean. We aim to provide an inclusive voice for the role of ocean solutions in addressing societal needs.
We believe in:
- Diverse collaborations that respect the intellectual pursuits, methods, and contributions of all collaborators.
- Increasing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion within the ocean science community.
- Open and equitable access to information, while recognizing the importance of indigenous data sovereignty.
- Transparent research practices that welcome outside evaluation, because fair external review strengthens the scientific process.
- Creating opportunities to amplify underrepresented and marginalized voices.
- Supporting the ability of researchers, practitioners, and other stakeholders from underrepresented communities to participate in this network, such as through supporting capacity-building initiatives, creating new ways of participating (including virtual meeting technologies), being open to the presentation of ideas, knowledge, and solutions in other languages, among others.
- Partnerships between researchers and other stakeholders as equals.
- Coproduction of knowledge with researchers, practitioners, stakeholders.
- A harassment-free and discrimination-free working environment, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, country of origin, age, religion, spoken language, educational background, or idea proposed.
- Developing assessments of benefits and risks for ocean solutions, and communicating these assessments transparently.
- Building intellectual environments that promote respectful debate and exchange of ideas, and recognizing that these debates must never challenge the safety, privacy, and/or self-worth of anyone.
- Empowering stakeholders with information and access to this network to make decisions that are best for their communities and ecosystems.
- Not externalizing the risk of solutions-related research on marginalized communities.
- Always continuing to learn, and committing to continual improvement. To that end, this mission and core values should be a living document.