What Falling Walls Is About
The Falling Walls Foundation provides essential global platforms to connect science, business, and society by a shared dedication: creating breakthrough solutions to challenges across borders and disciplines.
The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the dawn of a new era of freedom, by breaking both physical and imaginary barriers in Germany and around the world. For many people, it has become a symbol of overcoming division. Inspired by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, we believe that cooperation, persistence, and imaginativeness can overcome any barrier. Falling Walls celebrates each November 9 anniversary with an unwavering commitment to foster further breakthroughs in science and society.
Consequently, we encourage every member of the Falling Walls programmes, all online followers and every participant of our events to be excessively curious: question any wall you see, explore new fields of knowledge, approach people you never thought you would talk to, and start sentences with “Even if this might sound weird…”. To foster this kind of curiosity, we absolutely depend on safe, friendly, and barrier free environments. Help us create these by flattening hierarchies, steering clear of judgmental communication, and finding respectful ways to voice criticism if you want to.
Falling Walls is all about barrier-breaking communication – off- and online. We are thankful for online posts and comments spreading your impressions and Falling Walls messages on the web and social media and won’t be mad when we catch anyone surfing the web while at a Falling Walls event. We do our best to show livestreams or videos documenting our events, provide our own channels and hashtags and try to have powerful WIFI, charging stations hashtags to help extend our online community.
The Falling Walls Foundation provides no warranty and accepts no responsibility or liability for the accuracy, or the completeness of the information and materials contained in posts or published materials of third parties.
We see all of our guests as individual participants, there are no spectators at Falling Walls events. All of you are active parts of the Falling Walls community, whose ideas we are curious about and whose attitude and behaviour shape how we work and which goals we can reach together.
And What Falling Walls is not about
It is self-evident that our goals do not align with any form of discrimination. Falling Walls events provide professional, respectful, and harassment-free environments for all participants, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, national origin, age, or religion. Discriminatory behaviour will not be tolerated at Falling Walls events or within our channels of communication – be it by guests, participants, hosts, sponsors, or service providers.
We expect all participants to help create a respectful and friendly atmosphere. That means not only doing without from any form of discrimination or harassment yourself, but also standing up against it whenever you notice others in an uncomfortable situation.
Reach out for support
If you experience or witness any violation of this code of conduct, we absolutely encourage you to turn to whomever is currently within reach for help – no one is a spectator at Falling Walls events but we’re all part of the community. In case you are not sure whom to turn to: All Falling Walls team members, clearly recognisable by their badges and/or red accessories, are approachable for questions, remarks, and assistance.
In case you feel misinterpreted or wrongly suspected, please also get in touch with our staff. We are lucky to have team members specially trained in mediation and conflict management and might be able to help break down this wall of understanding, too.
In case no Falling Walls team member is within reach to answer your questions or concerns falling into the realm of this code of conduct, please turn to our guest manager in the Falling Walls Conference team Claudia Brueninghaus, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at tel. +49 30 609 88 39 70.
Berlin, October 20, 2019