Why Have a Constitution?



Many organizations have mission statements. We have a constitution. That's because of a job recruiting session I attended during my senior year of college for NetApp, a large data storage corporation here in Silicon Valley. The speaker was NetApp co-founder David Hitz. During his talk, he told a story about how he used to think corporate mission statements were a joke. One day, a fellow entrepreneur revealed that his mission statement was designed more as a preemptive deterrent against problematic behaviors he had witnessed at a previous employer. That was when he realized that a mission statement is less about a company's actions, and more about its guiding principles.

I think there's some truth to that assessment. It's not like a mission statement is a suitable replacement for an employee manual. It may as well focus on principle over practice. Which begs the question: is there a more effective alternative to generic, forgettable mission statements? Yes, of course: a constitution. A constitution not only enshrines principles, but it sets in writing enforceable rules and regulations which guarantee and protect those principles. As mentioned in our previous post, Slug Games was founded to respect our customers by doing pretty much the exact opposite of the industry at large, which is following some serious (and arguably illegal) anti-consumer trends. It stands to reason that our constitution should prohibit us from following those trends.

The end result is what you see here. Because we release all of our games and software for free, we rely on donations to make a living. If you love video games and want to help us make a difference in the industry, please consider contributing today. It really means the world to us and lets us do what we do.

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