A broad network/platform designed to prevent violent conflict before, during and after the U.S. 2020 elections.
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We welcome your participation in the TRUST Network Team as a Trusted Team volunteer.
If you’ve ever felt called to prevent violent conflict and act as a catalyst for positive transformation, this is the time.
First, let’s get you started understanding what an Early Warning Early Response system is. Here is the FAQ page
TRUST Network volunteers are the heart of the system. The actions you may take as a volunteer can be understood as falling roughly into three categories.
Almost everyone who joins the Network is a Monitor: we count on you to know what’s actually happening in your community (not just what the media might think is happening). It is valuable to let our crisis mappers know when and where trouble is brewing or flaring up and to be available for TRUSTworthy fact-checking. It is also valuable to report positive events: peacebuilding actions that worked, from which others can take heart, and learn.
Message-spreaders bring information to the community, information that is (a) accurate, so as to counter dis- or misinformation, and (b) peace-promoting. It helps expand your reach if you are, or have connections to, a media person or community leaders such as clergy, business leaders, teachers, or heads of local organizations.
Responders are, in addition, peace-builders with skills as a problem solver, de-escalator, mediator, negotiator, or facilitator; and with local relationships and lines of communication that can be used to help soothe tensions before they escalate to violence. Responders may be directly involved or have the connections to convene the right people to be directly involved. When responding, it is important to have adequate capacities and adequate support.
If you join the Network you will be welcomed as a Monitor. What else you will be called upon to do in addition depends on many factors.
This table is to help get you thinking about the skills and personal characteristics you bring:
All three of these roles are critically important.
All three require these commitments, which may surprise you. They take discipline. You must be willing to be:
- Purely non-partisan. Whatever your personal views, choices, or concerns may be, this effort is meant to reach everyone and to help keep everyone safe, no matter what their views and choices are.
- Nonviolent, and focused on preventing and transforming conflict. People have a wide range of agendas about how politics and elections should go -- and even a wide range of ideas and assumptions about what makes society safe. We are laser-focused on preventing and mitigating violence.
- Clear about what you are observing: It is so normal to make immediate assumptions about what you see, that it takes some thoughtfulness to be truly accurate.
- Protective of people’s security and your own: We will help you learn what protocols keep people safe. We plan to avoid confusion, misunderstanding, anger or false hope.
- Thoughtful of your own abilities and limits: You cannot help anyone if you are hurt. And if you get involved in something explosive you may very likely make the situation worse. Having good intentions is not enough to guarantee that you also Do No Harm. There are many ways you can help mitigate violence, but getting in the middle of it is not one of them. We are focusing on prevention. We will also identify individuals and systems that have the skills and resources to address situations that have already escalated. If you are not one of those, you must hold back.
There is a resulting Code of Conduct we ask you to agree to:
As a volunteer with the TRUST Network, I agree:
- Above all, NOT to put myself in harm’s way
- NOT to attempt to intervene personally or physically in violent situations
- NOT to attempt to intervene personally or physically in escalating situations unless fully trained, skilled, and supported in doing so
- To maintain the confidentiality of personal information of all persons involved in and/or affected by the situation and of all persons involved in this project
- To remain neutral and non-partisan in all actions and communications associated with this project
- To be respectful, civil, and inclusive in all communications associated with this project
- To strive to choose quality information from credible sources
- To report information using observed information, not assuming a person's opinion or group affiliation
- To ask permission from the management team before using any data generated by this project for purposes outside this project
If you cannot agree to any part of this code, know that there are many ways you can improve the world and we are grateful for your part in doing so, but this particular project is not for you.
Whichever role you play, we will ask you to:
- Pledge to the Code of Conduct committing you to being safe, non-partisan, focused on nonviolence, and attentive to your assumptions and messages.
- Take a brief training about how Early Warning Early Response works
- Also take a brief training about how to carry out your particular role.
- Be willing to be contacted by us for follow-up
- Be willing to reach out to us if you need help!