Category Standards

We have created standards to guide the content and contributor approval process.   In order to preserve the integrity of this educational community, we ask that everyone play a role in helping to maintain the quality level we require of our Approved Contributors.  As a member, if you see behavior that is not inline with these expectations, we encourage you to take action to report poor behavior.

To sum up these standards into a soundbite: We expect our content contributors to seek to add value to the lives of our members, as opposed to just working to make a quick buck at the expense of others.  

No scams.  No “alternative facts”.  Solutions may not work for every person as we are all have bio-individuality and are unique, but we hope to present to you a broad-range so you can find a personalized integrative solution for you.

Our contributors have the following standards* for the content they post, which you can view here:


Career

These guidelines serve as a compass for selecting and approving contributors for content curation in this category:

  • Professional individuals or organizations that express a genuine interest in helping to make the careers of individuals more fulfilling, connected, balanced, successful, meaningful, or in other ways add value and/or emotional IQ.
  • Contributors may provide as content: Articles, workshops, online courses, conferences, events or meetings that promote career-minded development.
  • A “what can I do to lend a hand” mindset should be taken when engaging with Members career aspirations.
  • Contributors content reflects the perspective that an individual’s career is but one part of what makes up an integrated and balanced life.
  • Perspectives in the content provided reflect the hand-in-hand nature of personal and professional development.
  • Content should be informative, factual, and well thought out.
  • Content should never seek to slander or belittle, but instead frame concepts in a way that invokes thought and insight, even if the topic is encouraging a different way of doing or thinking about things.
  • “Get rich quick” and multi-level marketing scams will not be permitted as acceptable content to promote to members.

Subcategories include, but are not limited to:

  • Entrepreneur
  • Finances
  • Leadership
  • Networking
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management

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Community

These guidelines serve as a compass for selecting and approving contributors for content curation in this category:

  • Professional individuals or organizations that express a genuine interest in helping to make communities more connected, sustainable, self-reliant, creative, balanced, educated, successful, meaningful, or in other ways add value to the areas we inhabit.
  • Contributors may provide as content: Articles, workshops, online courses, conferences, events or meetings that promote community-minded development.
  • Environment, Farming or Gardening topics should seek to educate about a balanced ecosystem, natural pest control and organic food production.
  • Articles should strive to promote connectivity to the food and people around us.
  • Perspectives in the content provided reflect that an individual’s community is but one part of what makes up an integrated and balanced life.
  • Perspectives in the content provided acknowledges that personal and social development go hand-in-hand.
  • Content should be informative, factual, and well thought out.
  • Content should never seek to slander or belittle, but instead frame concepts in a way that invokes thought and insight, even if the topic is encouraging a different way of doing or thinking about things.
  • Content should never promote or disparage any specific political candidate or political party.
  • Content may speak to the issues that affect us: policies, laws, legislation, lobbyists, and action items to be aware of, but content must not be specifically and entirely about political candidates or parties.

Subcategories include, but are not limited to:

  • Environment
  • Gardening | Farming
  • Making a Difference
  • Take Action For Change

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Creative

These guidelines serve as a compass for selecting and approving contributors for content curation in this category:

  • Artistic individuals or organizations that express a genuine interest in showcasing their forms of art, inspiring others creative instincts or educating individuals in creative ways about the arts.
  • Contributors may provide as content: Images, articles, workshops, online courses, conferences, events or meetings that promote creative-minded development.
  • Contributors content reflects that individual’s creative outlet. The purpose of including creative in the core categories, is to inspire others to tap into this important part of our lives.
  • This perspective acknowledges that well-being and creative expression go hand-in-hand.
  • Content should be inspiring, engaging, thought-provoking, informative, factual, and well thought out.
  • Content should never seek to slander or belittle, but instead frame concepts in a way that invokes thought and insight, even if the topic is encouraging a different way of doing or thinking about things.
  • Art can mean many things to many people: Pornography, vulgarity, hate, graphic violence or images/content that is unkind or inappropriate for some and/or especially younger audiences (18 & under) will not be allowed.

Subcategories include, but are not limited to:

  • Art
  • Music
  • Poetry, Thoughts, Quotes & Musings
  • Photography
  • Writing

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Fitness

These guidelines serve as a compass in selecting, approving contributors for content curation in this category:

  • Professional individuals or organizations that express a genuine interest in helping to inspire or advance physical fitness levels in individuals.
  • Contributors should providing many different options, inspiration and intensity levels. We want to give our Members choices to find the right fit for what they need, when they need it.
  • Content should never promote Members pushing themselves to unsafe levels.
  • Contributors may provide as content: Videos, how-to’s, articles, workshops, online courses, conferences, events or meetings that promote fitness-minded development.
  • Perspectives in the content provided reflects the perspective that an individual’s fitness is but one part of what makes up an integrated and balanced life.
  • Perspectives in the content provided acknowledges that personal and physical development go hand-in-hand.
  • Content should be informative, technical, practiced, inspiring, encouraging, factual, and well thought out.
  • Recommending supplements, meal replacement and/or performance enhancers must be done judiciously, and must be within the contributors scope of practice. Direct sales of these goods are prohibited, unless they are sold in Our Green Marketplace and comply with the Label Literacy Standards.
  • Content should never seek to slander or belittle, but instead frame concepts in a way that invokes thought and insight, even if the topic is encouraging a different way of doing or thinking about things.

Subcategories include, but are not limited to:

  • Cardio | HIIT
  • Core Strength | Pilates
  • Outdoors | Sports
  • Strength Training
  • Stretching | Yoga
  • Walking | Hiking

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Food

These guidelines serve as a compass in selecting, approving contributors for content curation in this category:

  • Professional individuals or organizations that express a genuine interest in helping to inspire or advance food ingredient and cooking knowledge for individuals or groups.
  • Our Label Literacy program provides guidelines of what ingredients to learn to look for in our Safe and Avoid categories.
  • Contributors principles must be aligned with our Label Literacy guidelines.
  • By no means is the listing in the Safe and Avoid categories complete list. It is subject to change, without notice, and with the advance of new information. Members must take personal responsibility for reading ingredient labels and choosing what they put in their bodies wisely.
  • Recommending supplements, meal replacement and/or performance enhancers must be done judiciously, and must be within the contributors scope of practice. Direct sales of these goods are prohibited, unless they are sold in Our Green Marketplace and comply with the Label Literacy Standards.
  • Food is not religion. The content we provide, should not be dogmatic. All content should keep in mind the basic principle that not every diet will work for everyone and what is one person’s food, is another person’s poison.
  • By speaking to many different approaches, preparations, ethnic influences, diets, plans, recipes, and perspectives on how to select and cook real food, we give our Members good choices in finding a good fit for what they need, when they need it.
  • Fooducation subcategory serves to educate individuals about food theory, present day practices, history, and future of food. The goal is to make individuals aware of and connected to their food sources.
  • Contributors may provide as content: Videos, how-to’s, articles, workshops, online courses, conferences, events or meetings that promote food and culinary-minded development.
  • Perspectives in the content provided reflects that the quality of fuel an individual consumes is but one part of what makes up an integrated and balanced life.
  • Perspectives in the content acknowledges that personal development and how we feed ourselves go hand-in-hand. You are what you eat. How you treat your inner-biosphere is directly related to how you approach the larger ecosystem.
  • Content should be informative, inspiring, encouraging, factual, accurate and well thought out.
  • Content should never seek to slander or belittle, but instead frame concepts in a way that invokes thought and insight, even if the topic is encouraging a different way of doing or thinking about things.

Subcategories include, but are not limited to:

  • Label Literacy
    • Avoid
    • Safe
  • Beverages
    • These subcategories have additional sub-categories
  • Food(Ed)ucation
  • Recipes
    • These subcategories have additional sub-categories

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Health

These guidelines serve as a compass for selecting and approving contributors for content curation in this category:

  • Professional individuals or organizations that express a genuine interest in helping to inspire or advance healthy choices in individuals.
  • By providing a full spectrum on health information, from prevention, to disease, to option for remedy, we give our members choices in finding a good fit for what they need at the present time.
  • Contributors may provide as content: Videos, how-to’s, articles, workshops, online courses, conferences, events or meetings that promote health-minded development.
  • Content provided should seek to inspire thought on how interrelated our bodily systems are and how they are affected by our level of personal care. Examples, including, but not limited to:
    • What we put on and in our bodies
    • Sleep quality
    • Fitness
    • Mental care/stress
    • Digestive
    • Family dynamics
    • Our physical environment
  • Contributors content reflects the perspective that an individual’s health is but one part of what makes up an integrated and balanced life.
  • Recommending supplements, meal replacement and/or performance enhancers must be done judiciously, and must be within the contributors scope of practice. Direct sales of these goods are prohibited, unless they are sold in Our Green Marketplace and comply with the Label Literacy Standards.
  • Perspectives in the content acknowledges that self-awareness and a healthy lifestyle go hand-in-hand.
  • Content should be informative, inspiring, encouraging, factual, accurate and well thought out.
  • Content should never seek to slander or belittle, but instead frame concepts in a way that invokes thought and insight, even if the topic is encouraging a different way of doing or thinking about things.

Subcategories include, but are not limited to:

  • Environment
  • Family Health
  • Men’s Health
  • Women’s Health

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House

These guidelines serve as a compass for selecting and approving contributors for content curation in this category:

  • Individuals or organizations that express a genuine interest in helping to inspire or advance healthy and inspired choices for the homes and dwellings of our Members.
  • A house or home is a sanctuary from the world at large. Our contributors should provide information and ideas to improve that space from a design, health-orientation, quality, eco-friendly, sustainable, or value-added way.
  • Contributors may provide as content: Videos, how-to’s, DIY articles, workshops, online courses, conferences, events, or meetings that promote home-minded improvement.
  • Content provided should inspire ways of doing things around the home that are eco-friendly, environment-friendly, resource conserving, self-sustaining, zero-waste or non-toxic.
  • Contributors content reflects the perspective that an individual’s house or home is part of what makes up an integrated and balanced life.
  • Perspectives in the content acknowledges that personal development and a healthy home go hand-in-hand.
  • Content should be informative, inspiring, encouraging, factual, accurate and well thought out.
  • Content should never seek to slander or belittle, but instead frame concepts in a way that invokes thought and insight, even if the topic is encouraging a different way of doing or thinking about things.

Subcategories include, but are not limited to:

  • Cookware
  • Design
  • Furnishings
  • Household Cleaners
  • Linen and Bedding
  • Yard Care | Gardening

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Mindfulness

These guidelines serve as a compass for selecting and approving contributors for content curation in this category:

  • Individuals or organizations that express a genuine interest in helping to inspire or advance mindfulness, spiritual or personal development practices.
  • Contributors may provide as content: Videos, how-to’s, DIY articles, workshops, online courses, conferences, events, or meetings that promote meditation,  mindfulness or spiritual practices.
  • Contributors content reflects the perspective that an individual’s spiritual presence is part of what makes up an integrated and balanced life.
  • Perspectives in the content acknowledges that personal development and a spiritual or mindful practice go hand-in-hand.
  • Content should be informative, inspiring, encouraging, factual, accurate and well thought out.
  • A universal and “unitarian-type” approach should be used when speaking to spirituality or religion, as there are as many types of religion and spiritualities as there are colors in the rainbow.  Just as there is no one “right” color, we understand there is not one “right” religion for all of humankind.
  • Content will never promote one absolute way or approach to spirituality, religion or beliefs, instead it will educate and allow the reader to find a fit that works for them.  It will also be accepting of different approaches, styles, sects, chapters, denominations, and/or ways of doing things.
  • Dogmatic preaching, extremist rantings or using religious or spiritual practices to shame, degrade others or promote hate in any way, will not be tolerated.
  • Content should never seek to slander or belittle, but instead frame concepts in a way that invokes thought and insight, even if the topic is encouraging a different way of doing or thinking about things.
  • Directly soliciting monetary donations for any religious or spiritual organization is strictly prohibited.

Subcategories include, but are not limited to:

  • Meditation
  • Spirituality

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Relationship

These guidelines serve as a compass for selecting and approving contributors for content curation in this category:

  • Professional individuals or organizations that express a genuine interest in helping to inspire or advance healthy relationship choices for individuals, families, marriages, partnerships, or workplaces.
  • By providing full spectrum relationship information for couples, families, individuals, friendships and professionals, we give our members solution options for broad-spectrum of interpersonal growth.
  • Contributors may provide as content: Videos, how-to’s, articles, workshops, online courses, conferences, events or meetings that promote health-minded development.
  • Contributors content reflects the perspective that an individual’s relationship health is part of what makes up an integrated and balanced life.
  • Perspectives in the content acknowledges that personal development and healthy relationships go hand-in-hand.
  • Content should be informative, inspiring, encouraging, factual, accurate and well thought out.
  • Content should never promote inflammatory or drastic measures, unless it also speaks to seeking professional help directly, before the person takes action, to find out if the course spoken to is a positive and fitting course for them to take.
  • Content should never seek to slander or belittle, but instead frame concepts in a way that invokes thought and insight, even if the topic is encouraging a different way of doing or thinking about things.

Subcategories include, but are not limited to:

  • Consumption
  • Couples
  • Family
  • Friends | Social
  • Intimacy
  • Money
  • Self | Personal Development
  • Work

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Self Care

These guidelines serve as a compass for selecting and approving contributors for content curation in this category:

  • Professional individuals or organizations that express a genuine interest in helping to inspire or advance healthy skin care choices in individuals.
  • By providing full spectrum information on skin health, from prevention, to disease, to option for remedy, we give our Members choices in finding a good fit for what they need at the present time.
  • Our Label Literacy program provides guidelines of what ingredients to learn to look for in our Safe and Avoid categories.
  • Contributors principles must be aligned with our Label Literacy guidelines.
  • By no means is the listing in the Safe and Avoid categories complete list. It is subject to change, without notice, and with the advance of new information. Members must take personal responsibility for reading ingredient labels and choosing what they put on their bodies wisely.
  • Contributors may provide as content: Videos, how-to’s, articles, workshops, online courses, conferences, events or meetings that promote skin health.
  • Contributors content reflects the perspective that an individual’s dermal health is part of the sum that makes up an integrated and balanced life.
  • This perspective acknowledges that overall health and self care go hand-in-hand.
  • Content should be informative, inspiring, encouraging, factual, accurate and well thought out.
  • Content should not seek to only sell one specific product, but more importantly educate Members on a broad focus of ingredient functions and benefits.
  • Unsubstantiated claims and “miracle cures” will not be permitted.
  • Content should never seek to slander or belittle, but instead frame concepts in a way that invokes thought and insight, even if the topic is encouraging a different way of doing or thinking about things.

Subcategories include, but are not limited to:

  • Label Literacy
    • Avoid | Product Ingredients
    • Safe | Product Ingredients
  • Body Care
  • Hand | Feet | Nail Care
  • Oral Care
  • Skin Care
    • For Her
    • For Him

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*Standards are subject to updates and may change without notice.  It is up to every member and contributor to review and keep up-to-date with any and all changes.  We welcome comments and feedback on improving the standards that guide content contribution.  See Community Town Hall to take part in molding this community.