Community Principles

Transparency of information

Internal communication will be visible online as much as possible, so that those interested can follow it and contribute.

Respectful environment

This is an environment in which everyone is welcome, respected and equal. It is necessary that we each adhere to the Code of Conduct.

Clear responsibilities

It is up to each of us to choose our own role(s) and define the scope of our own role(s) and state these clearly. We are each responsible for the adequate and timely execution of our own role(s).

National Body: consensus decision-making

When making decisions at an assembly of the National Body, we aim for consensus.

Local bodies: Advise process

When working in decentralised groups, we use the advise process. A member or decentralized group seeks advise from those affected and potentially also from those with expertise. Taking this advice into account, the decision-maker decides on an action and informs those who have given advice. See the Reinventing Organizations Wiki.

Coordination Group

The Coordination Group is a special decentralized group within S4F that oversees the functioning of S4F at the national level. For example, it is responsible for back-office tasks like email handling, setting up National Body meetings and keeping track of ongoing projects. It may also serve as a media contact point. The National Body is informed about the composition of the coordination group and may object to it. The Coordination Group has a minimum of 2 members and if there are fewer, its responsibilities go back to the National Body. 


Anyone who adheres to these community principles and to the scientific method and evidence, and wants to be part of S4F NL, is welcome to join. Anyone can contribute according to their possibilities and availability. There is no minimum contribution.

Agreed upon 21 November, 2019
Revised on September 7, 2021