Membership Policy and Guidelines:
These Membership Policy and Guidelines applies to membership in the Global Association for Systems Thinking®, including access to the Community of Excellence User Forums and Global Resource Portal.
Membership in the Global Association for Systems Thinking® (GAST) is open to any person, association, organization, or other entity having an interest in our vision, mission, core values, and goals. We are a global Association.
1.0 Membership Terms
1.01 Joining GAST. A person seeking membership will be accepted as a member of GAST upon submission and processing of the required online application and annual fee. You must provide appropriate, accurate, and up to date information.
1.02 Types of Membership. There are two types of GAST membership. They are (1) individual membership and (2) practitioner/educator membership.
1.03 Membership Fees. GAST membership fees are subject to change.
1.04 Renewing Membership. Membership is renewable annually. You will be contacted through email approximately four weeks in advance to renew you membership.
1.05 Transferring Membership. Association membership is not transferable.
1.06 Terminating Membership. GAST reserves the right to deny membership, or cancel membership, if a member has breached the terms of this agreement.
The Association is dedicated to providing its members with premier content, useful applications, and services on Systems Thinking.
2.01 Use of Services. In order to use GAST services, which include the website, Global Resource Portal, and Community of Excellence User Forums, you must accept this Registration Agreement.
2.02 Service Changes. GAST is continually developing and improving our content, applications, and services. Changes may occur with or without prior notice.
2.03 Risk. GAST services are for use at your discretion and risk. GAST is not responsible for your use of products and services as well as damage to your computer system or other device or loss of data.
3.0 Membership Account
3.01 Username. All GAST members can choose their own unique username for their account. We prefer that you use your actual name as your username, as it aligns with our core value of transparency.
3.02 Password. All GAST members can create their own unique password (minimum 8 letters or numbers) for their account. We highly recommend choosing a password with adequate complexity. This will help keep your account secure and prevent account theft. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account.
3.03 Profile. After you register and login, you will be able to fill out a detailed profile. It is your responsibility to present clear, accurate, and up to date information.
3.04 Unauthorized Account Use. If you become aware of unauthorized account use, please contact the Administrator immediately.
The Global Association for Systems Thinking® is committed to safeguarding the privacy of its members.
4.01 Personal Information. GAST never rents, sells, trades, or shares personal information of its members with third parties outside of GAST and its ownership.
4.02 Revealing Identity. In the event of a formal complaint or legal action, GAST reserves the right to reveal your identity (or any other related information collected).
4.04 IP Address. We do record your IP address with each forum post. This is done for important reasons. In extreme cases it may become necessary contact ISPs of forum users who have violated the terms of this agreement.
4.05 Cookies. The Association’s Community of Excellence User Forums software uses a cookie, a text file containing bits of information (such as your username and password), in your browser's cache. This cookie is only used to keep you logged in or out. The software does not collect or send any other form of information to your computer.
5.0 GAST Brand
5.01 Use of Logo and Trademarks. Specialized, written agreements only allow for use of the Global Association for Systems Thinking® logo, trademarks, and other distinctive brand features.
5.02 Alteration of Logo and Trademarks. Removing, obscuring or altering the GAST logo and trademarks are strictly prohibited.
6.0 GAST Liability
6.01 Validity of Posts. GAST moderates each Community of Excellence User Forum as well as recommendations to the Global Resource Portal. We unfortunately can not confirm the validity of every post. As a result, the Association can not be held liable for the content contained within the User Forums or Resource Portal. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information presented.
6.02 Views of GAST. The posted messages on the Community of Excellence User Forums do not necessarily represent the views of the Global Association for Systems Thinking®, its staff, or its subsidiaries.
II. Guidelines: Community of Excellence User Forums
1.0 Use of Forums
The Global Association for Systems Thinking® (GAST) provides its members with over forty-five, high quality forums for discussions on Systems Thinking applications, tools, and actions. These Community of Excellence User Forums are the best place to share, learn and collaborate with others regarding Systems Thinking (human/social systems).
2.0 Moderation of Forums
GAST wants the best quality content and discussions in every Community of Excellence User Forum. Thus unlike social media and chat rooms, discussions are moderated by mastery level Thought Leaders. These individuals oversee each, respective forum.
2.01 Thought Leaders. Each Community of Excellence User Forum has one Leader-Moderator and one Co-Leader-Moderator. Each individual is a GAST approved, master-level, Thought Leader. Overall these leaders are qualified with a specialized Systems Thinking background, industry experience, and education, who understand and utilize applications of Systems Thinking. Leader-Moderators and Co-Leader-Moderators oversee their forums and further discussions, applications, and actions with Systems Thinking.
2.02 GAST Administrator. The Administrator enforces the forum rules and manages all recommended resources. He or she removes objectionable and offensive posts as well as prohibited material. In such cases, posts will be deleted within a reasonable time frame as it is manual process. This policy applies to member profile information as well.
3.0 Posting Do’s
3.01 Do Provide Quality and Premier Thinking and Applications. The GAST User Forums are a professional Community of Excellence. Thus we require serious, ethical, and professional conduct at all times. We want every Forum user to strive to provide the best, most intelligent quality of discussion, applications, and actions for the forums.
3.02 Do Keep an Open Mind. Let’s always try hard to understand the other person’s point of view.
3.03 Do Stay on Topic. Keep to the forum topic purposes, desired outcomes and “Helicopter View” in mind at all times.
3.04 Do Ask Questions. All forum users are free to propose new questions, topics, or issues for other users to discuss. Please refer all of these new inquiries to the appropriate forum Thought Leader. He or she will coordinate new items to build and facilitate Systems Thinking tools and actions in order to assure quality control.
3.05 Do Collaborate. Let’s collaborate with others in furthering practical and simple Systems Thinking tools and applications. Take action and apply Systems Thinking to real world issues that affect you.
3.06 Do be Accountable. Forum users may post comments at any time and are solely responsible and accountable for their posts, messages, and actions.
3.07 Do Contact Us. Anyone who feels that a posted message is objectionable or offensive is encouraged to notify the GAST Administrator immediately.
4.0 Posting Don’ts
4.01 Don’t Post Prohibited Material. GAST prohibits material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, adult material, or otherwise in violation of any International or United States Federal law.
4.02 Don’t be Rude. We encourage debating and discussion. However, we will not tolerate rudeness, insulting posts, or personal attacks.
4.03 Don’t Spam. Spam, flooding, trolling, piracy, hacking, viruses, worms, warez, chain letters, pyramid schemes, solicitations or any other activity that interferes with or disrupts the forums (or servers) is not allowed.
4.04 Don’t Advertise Non-Systems Thinking Applications. Advertising and promotion of commercial and non-commercial products or services which are NOT directly related to Systems Thinking and its applications is prohibited.
4.05 Don’t Use Analytic Thinking. Let’s keep piecemeal, mechanistic and analytical thinking to a minimum. Be a Systems Thinker, it’s not as easy as you think.
5.0 Copyrights and Intellectual Property
5.01 Copyrights and Intellectual Property. GAST welcomes all Systems Thinking material, that you own the copyright to or you have written consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. It is our policy to respond to all notices of alleged copyright infringement. Our forum server is hosted in the United States of America and is subject to US law. GAST asks that you follow all copyright, digital rights laws.
5.02 Information Origins. Information that you have access to on the GAST Community of Excellence User Forums or Global Resource Portal is the sole responsibility of the person and/or organization which the information originated.
6.0 Bridge Calls
All forum users will have access to a free bridge call line. Bridge-calls are held on an as needed basis by the Thought Leaders. Such calls are done through Eagle Teleconferencing in New York. Participants only pay for their own phone bill costs. Contact Jayne Haines, GAST CFO, for more details.
The Global Association for Systems Thinking® is dedicated to creating and maintaining safe User Forums for discussions, sharing, learning, collaborating, and taking action to achieve better more sustainable results.
7.01 Personal Information. Any information that is disclosed on our Forums becomes public information. Please exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information.
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