A foreword by founder, Rochelle Indo
As of March 24th 2017 People In Charge of Change, aka P.I.C.C. entered into the first anniversary. The year zoomed by as we became excited by this election and simply, had fun learning, sharing, growing, educating, inspiring, and encouraging one another. We have grown as a true extended family and have learned from our successes as well as our mistakes. This is how it is supposed to be in every family. When we excel and succeed, we rejoice with one another. When we falter or fail, we support one another. These are attributes that make us stronger as a true family.
P.I.C.C. has been blessed with the right combination of personalities and talented people of whom provide content that has been palatable for readers and viewers of a broad political, social, and belief spectrum. It is our wish to continue, going into the second year, to bring in more talented, skilled, and like-minded people.
As we grow in this regard, it is pertinent upon us to set a simple Code of Ethics by which we can all observe and abide by to build a great team, achieve our goal, set an example, and strengthen our resolve.
As founder, my vision for P.I.C.C. is that it will thrive well beyond my tenure. Its foundation will be solid and the baton can be passed to a new set of eyes, ideas, and courage to go forth into uncharted territory to make CHANGE. Remember, We the People are at the Pinnacle of Change.
CODE OF ETHICS FOR P.I.C.C. COLUMNISTS AND CONTRIBUTORS
Integrity: Our work can sometimes define us to the public.
People with integrity live by fairness, even when fairness puts them at a disadvantage or causes them significant difficulty. They fight fair even when those around them do not.
People of integrity consider their word their bond, allowing their “yes” to mean “yes” and their “no” to mean “no.”
People of integrity are authentic and transparent; they act the same, no matter who is present. Their lives are “what you see is what you get.”
People of integrity are straightforward in their conduct. They don’t hide what they’re doing, and they don’t say one thing and do another. They are people “in whose spirit is no deceit” (Psalm 32:2 NIV). People with integrity explain the facts in an even-handed way, not in a way that makes them look better than the other person. They are respectful, helpful and gracious to everyone and anyone.
People of integrity go the extra mile with a smile. They do more than is required of them.
People of integrity are not afraid to ask for help. They’re not afraid to let God be their strength. They’re able to handle tough situations, knowing God is at work in them.
People of integrity focus on “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable,” anything at all that is excellent or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8 NIV). (Rick Warren)
Accountability: Taking responsibility for your actions, this means being honest when things go wrong while working toward resolutions and staying professional at the same time.
Teamwork: Each Columnist/Contributor has a distinct role to play as they work to encourage, educate, and inspire using this venue. While the article they submit does not interrelate or interdepend on others contributing, it is incumbent that a contributor is aware of the reputation of P.I.C.C. and everyone who is a part of the team to make her a success.
Behavior: Following Teamwork, comes behavior toward others who are part of P.I.C.C. to set examples for others to follow (some of whom may want to become a part of the P.I.C.C. team) by showing respect in public and in private. While each has a different perspective on issues they might address in an article, it is with utmost respect that strong disagreements are not published on social media or any other outlet that may use it to create further division among us. As responsible people debate in private unless both agree to have an open, healthy discussion for others to comment. Just remember in both cases it is alright to disagree, agreeably.
Commitment: Columnists and Contributors are of no obligation to do more or less within a given time to remain as so. However, at any time one feels as though the pressures of personal life does not permit them to contribute for a while, or to continue at all, make it known to the administrator. Otherwise, individual contributors may work at their own pace and submit content whenever inspired to do so.
In addition to this Code of Ethics (Lite), we’ve attached a more comprehensive version of Code of Ethics published by WordPress Information Philosophy – mor10.com. This is good information for all aspiring, bloggers, columnists or contributors to review and have as a guide. https://mor10.com/code-of-ethics-for-bloggers-social-media-and-content-creators/
PICC is registered as a nonprofit organization. We will soon be seeking a non-profit status to include 501c3 so that more outreach can be done and its members might have the means to be flexible and do more for Change. Drafting the tenets of our mission will take time and effort. We want to be able to send members on missions, whether it is to D.C. or other events that may prove helpful to our constituents and to our cause. We covet your prayers as we take a step of faith during this phase of our growth.
“People Who Walk With Integrity Walk Securely.” People Who Walk With Integrity Walk
Securely. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Mar. 2017.
“Code of Ethics for Bloggers, Social Media and Content Creators.” Mor10.com. N.p., n.d. Web.
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