NEST Social Code

 NEST: A social agreement
for the modern world


Every organisation has a clear set of guidelines (Code of Conduct or other contract) that spells out exactly what's expected of every member, how they can be expected to be treated, and what to do when things go wrong. But this kind of agreement is lacking in our everyday lives. And without an agreed set of guidelines for social interaction, things can – and do – go in undesired directions.

  • We all know someone who gets a bit "handsy" when they've had a few.

  • We've all heard dodgy comments about another person's appearance / beliefs / gender.

  • We also know someone who can get a bit belligerent when drunk. 

Yet when it happens, we tend to change the subject, brush it off, or find other ways not to address this kind of behaviour, because it makes us uncomfortable, we don't know what to do about it, or we don't want to spoil the vibe.

It's so much easier to be a bystander, but in doing so, we are giving tacit permission for this kind of thing to carry on, even though we don't agree with it.

Wouldn't it be great to not have to think about this stuff in the first place?

And if it did happen, wouldn't it be nice to know that your social group is equipped to handle it in such a way that doesn't have to spoil the vibe?

That's what NEST is for: creating a safe, inclusive, consensual environment where you can let your hair down, have a good time, and enjoy yourself without worry or hassle.

NEST is a flexible tool that you can adopt, adapt or remix to define how you and members of your social group want to be treated, and how to treat others, in today's social settings.


NEST is an agreement and a framework that you can use right now, for any type of social gathering.


Read the NEST Code, or find out more about what it is and why we need it.