What follows is a compilation of collective guidelines of care coming from different fields and configurations — from informal affinity groups, activist collectives to arts organizations.
Inspired by the work of feminist, decolonial and anti-capitalist activists, we launched the open call Intersecting Guidelines of Care in 2019, which resulted in this online publication.
This collection aims at sharing tools for safer and more ethical collaborations within groups, organizations and institutions. It originates in our recurrent feeling of lack of tools when facing a situation of problematic or imbalanced power relation, and our thankfulness when peers, allies and friends share empowering tools with us.
By guidelines we mean documents that provide instructions for behavior in a specific context. Guidelines work on the mode of the proposition, they are not models that can work in any situations, they need to be re-evaluated, adapted. In that sense we would like to work in a “rhizomatic open source” way — providing source tools that can be modified and adapted to specific situations, generating new tools in a decentralized manner.
We do not mean to build an exhaustive collection, we rather hope to assemble a generous compilation that will inspire groups and people in need for tools, who may then adapt existing guidelines to their own context, creating new situated documents.