BUSINESS ETHICS

Last Updated: April 2021


One of my objectives as an autonomous worker who is visible + vocal about navigating the praxis of my politics in my work is role modeling the ways individuals can take conscious steps away from the kyriarchal capitalist norms, to make those changes feel more accessible + sustainable, and to demonstrate that these new possibilities are ecologically, economically, and socially viable, without participating in the prevailing structures of oppression more than one must or does incidentally.

While I do not profess to be an expert of theory or political science as a discipline: I am simply an artist & spiritualist committed to my vision manifesting in the world, and part of that is holding myself to a higher bar of accountability and transparency, which means disclosing my supply chain, who is putting money into my hands via affiliation & advertising revenue, and members of my team, so people can independently verify my practices and behavior as a professional.

A current copy of my professional Code of Conduct can be downloaded (PDF) by clicking here.


General Commitments

  • I will not spam your email, nor will I sell your list to other creatives or businesses.
  • I will be transparent about the businesses and individuals I collaborate with for manufacturing and printing.
  • I will be transparent about who I collaborate with professionally, including who I work with as independent contractors
  • If I decide to become a business entity outside of a sole proprietorship or single-member LLC, I commit that I will become a B-corp, cooperative corporation with equitable worker ownership, or a worker’s cooperative
  • I will work to minimize my complicity in structural oppression through active accompliceship and full personal responsibility for the businesses and services I use.

Marketing Practices

  • I commit to being direct + consistent in my marketing about deadlines and availability of work, but in a way that minimizes anxiety, fear, and FOMO.
  • I will not practice artificial scarcity for digital products and e-books
  • My marketing & branding strategies will be formulated - as best as I can - around how and what I am doing, not me as a person
  • I will not engage the use of shame or engage in sales practices that purposefully agitate and amplify one’s “pain points” in psychologically distressing ways
  • I will be clear + transparent about any and all affiliate links, royalties, or residuals I receive from links, codes, or products - in accordance with the FTC
  • I will be clear + transparent about what I am receiving or hope to receive from ‘free’ or lower priced (<$25 USD) offerings.

Sales Practices

  • I will use grounded, thoughtful, and discerning language when discussing any professional services, events, curios, or learning products I create or promote.
  • I will clearly articulate the limits and capacities of myself as a professional, the products + services I offer, or the products + services I promote in sales-based contexts.
  • I will provide a clear disclaimer on each sales page about feelings of fear, coercion, and anxiety to discourage people from purchasing or participating out of fear.

Social Capital & Brand Power

  • I will work to maintain clear, respectful boundaries around the parasocial relationships I have with my readers, collectors, and fans in order to minimize exploitation or unintentional harm.
  • I will not purposefully leverage my social capital, social media, or financial power to bully, intimidate, or silence smaller creators, peers, or individuals in the general public who disagree with me or dislike my work.
  • In the event I have a concern about my intellectual property rights, I will attempt to negotiate them outside the legal system - in a non-punitive, transformative justice manner - before pursuing formal legal recourse.

Manufacturers

  • Printful (United States) - Printful is a company that offers art prints and merchandise on-demand. I use them to produce + sell open edition prints through my Square shop. [Website]

  • PrintKeg (United States) - Printkeg is a small family business, operating out of Beaufort, South Carolina. I use Printkeg for single & limited edition art prints. They run an ethical, responsible business and are used by a number of fine artists across the US and Canada. [Website]

  • Blurb Publishing (United States) - Blurb Publishing is one of the largest self-publishing and book design company in the United States. I use them to print limited edition art books. [Website]

Team Support & Collaborators

Current Team Support

  • Caelin Aerin - Editor [Email]
  • Heidi Hauck - Bookkeeping [Web]
  • Danielle Martin - Assistant [Email]
  • Marissa Loewen - Biz Consultant [Web]


Former Team Support

  • Ashley Story - Assistant [Email]
  • Dani Magestro-Musgrove - Management & Systemization [Web]
  • Kimberly Robb-Baker - Career Strategy


Current Mentees (2020-Present)

  • K. Hall
  • D. Martin
  • C. Stewart


Project Consultants

  • Lilly Garcia - Book & Cover Design [Web]
  • Søren Hamby - Graphic Design [Web]
  • Jacquelyn Tierney - Photography [Web]
  • Brittany Johnson - Video Editing [Email]
  • Megan Jones - Audio Captioning


Collaborations

  • To Be An Ancestor - Karen (KJ) Hawkwood collaborated with me on the astrological research for To Be An Ancestor. [Web]

  • Sowing Post-Capitalist Seeds (Anuradha Kowtha & Moriah Helm) - I have been a guest teacher for this program for several iterations of the course. [Web]
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