Terms of use


Terms of use

Welcome!

McKinsey Social Initiative, Inc. (“MSI,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) provides its services to you through its website located at generationinitiative.org (collectively our “Site”) and through other of our applications that link to these Terms of Service (“Terms”). We refer to our Site and other applications collectively as our “Services.”

These Terms govern your access to and use of our Services. The Terms are a legal contract between you and MSI, so it is important that you review them carefully before using our Services.

Your use of our Services indicates that you agree to follow and be bound by the Terms.

Changes to the Terms

We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change the Terms at any time. If we do this, we will post the changes on this page and will indicate at the top of this page the date these terms were last revised. We will notify you of material changes, either through our Services, in an email notification or through other reasonable means. Your continued use of our Services after the date any such changes become effective constitutes your acceptance of the new Terms.

Please note that when using certain services, you will be subject to any additional terms applicable to such services that may be posted on our Site or otherwise made available through our Services from time to time.

Access and Use of Our Services

Modifications to Services: MSI reserves the right to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, our Services (or any part thereof) with or without notice. Mobile Services: Our Services may include certain services that are available via a mobile device, including (i) the ability to upload content to our Services via a mobile device, (ii) the ability to browse our Services from a mobile device and (iii) the ability to access certain features through an application downloaded and installed on a mobile device (collectively, the “Mobile Services”). To the extent you access our Service through a mobile device, your wireless service carrier’s standard charges, data rates and other fees may apply. In addition, downloading, installing, or using certain Mobile Services may be prohibited or restricted by your carrier, and not all Mobile Services may work with all carriers or devices. By using the Mobile Services, you agree that we may communicate with you regarding MSI and other entities by SMS, MMS, text message or other electronic means to your mobile device and that certain information about your usage of the Mobile Services may be communicated to us. In the event you change or deactivate your mobile telephone number, you agree to promptly update your MSI account information to ensure that your messages are not sent to the person that acquires your old number.

Conditions of Use

User Conduct: You are solely responsible for all code, video, images, information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, messages or other materials (“Content”) that you upload, post, publish, transmit (including by email), or display (collectively, “Upload”) via our Services or otherwise Upload to MSI. The following are examples of the kind of Content and/or use that is illegal or prohibited by MSI. You agree to not use our Services to:

(a) Upload any content that (i) infringes any intellectual property or other proprietary rights of any party; (ii) you do not have a right to Upload under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships; (iii) contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; (iv) poses or creates a privacy or security risk to any person; (v) constitutes unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, commercial activities and/or sales, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” “contests,” “sweepstakes,” or any other form of solicitation; (vi) is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, excessively violent, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, pornographic, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, reflects animus towards any race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, or is otherwise objectionable; or (vii) in the sole judgment of MSI, is objectionable or which restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying our Services, or which may expose MSI or its users to any harm or liability of any type; (b) interfere with or disrupt our Services or servers or networks connected to our Services, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to our Services; (c) violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, or any regulations having the force of law; (d) impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity; (e) solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 18; (f) harvest or collect email addresses or other contact information of other users from our Services by electronic or other means for the purposes of sending unsolicited emails or other unsolicited communications; (g) advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose that is not specifically authorized; (h) further or promote any criminal activity or enterprise or provide instructional information about illegal activities; or (i) obtain or attempt to access or otherwise obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available or provided for through our Services.

Commercial Use: Our Services are for your personal and non-commercial use. Unless otherwise expressly authorized in these Terms or otherwise authorized in writing by us, you agree not to display, distribute, license, perform, publish, reproduce, duplicate, copy, create derivative works from, modify, sell, resell, exploit, transfer or upload for any commercial purposes, any portion of our Services, use of our Services, or access to our Services, including in each case any content contained therein, other than your own Feedback (as defined below) that you legally upload to our Services.

MSI reserves the right to investigate and take appropriate legal action against anyone who, in MSI’s sole discretion, violates these Terms, including without limitation, removing the offending content from our Services, suspending or terminating the account of such violators and reporting you to the law enforcement authorities.

Intellectual Property Rights

Services Content, Software and Trademarks: You acknowledge and agree that our Services may contain content or features (“Service Content”) that are protected by copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights and laws. Except as expressly authorized by MSI, you agree not to modify, copy, frame, scrape, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or create derivative works based on our Services or any Service Content, in whole or in part, except that the foregoing does not apply to your own Feedback (as defined below) that you legally upload to our Services. You may not access our Services through robots, scraping tools or similar data-gathering or extraction methods.

The technology and software underlying our Services or distributed in connection with them is the property of MSI, our affiliates and our partners (the “Software”). You agree not to copy, modify, create a derivative work of, reverse engineer, reverse assemble or otherwise attempt to discover any source code, sell, assign, sublicense, or otherwise transfer any right in the Software. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved by MSI.

The MSI name and logos are trademarks and service marks of MSI (collectively the “MSI Trademarks”). Other company, product, and service names and logos used and displayed via our Services may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners who may or may not endorse or be affiliated with or connected to MSI. Nothing in these Terms or our Services should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any of MSI Trademarks displayed through our Services, without our prior written permission in each instance. All goodwill generated from the use of MSI Trademarks will inure to our exclusive benefit.

Third Party Material: Under no circumstances will MSI be liable in any way for any content or materials of any third parties (including users), including, but not limited to, for any errors or omissions in any content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any such content. You acknowledge that MSI does not have a duty to pre-screen content, but that MSI and its designees will have the right in their sole discretion to refuse or remove any content that is available via our Services. This includes the right to remove any content that violates these Terms or is deemed by MSI, in its sole discretion, to be otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such content.

Feedback Transmitted Through Our Services:

You acknowledge and agree that any questions, comments, suggestions, ideas, feedback, and other information about our Services (“Feedback”), provided by you to MSI is non-confidential, and MSI will be entitled to the unrestricted use and dissemination of this Feedback for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without acknowledgment or compensation to you.

You acknowledge and agree that MSI may preserve content and may also disclose Feedback or content if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process, applicable laws or government requests; (b) enforce these Terms; (c) respond to claims that any content violates the rights of third parties; or (d) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of MSI, its users and the public. You understand that the technical processing and transmission of our Services, including your content, may involve (i) transmissions over various networks; and (ii) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices.

Copyright Complaints: MSI respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or that your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, on our Site or otherwise within our Services, you should notify MSI of your infringement claim in accordance with the procedure set forth below.

MSI will process and investigate notices of alleged infringement and will take appropriate actions under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) and other applicable intellectual property laws with respect to any alleged or actual infringement. A notification of claimed copyright infringement should be emailed to MSI’s Copyright Agent at [[email protected]] (Subject line: “DMCA Takedown Request”). You may also contact us by mail at: McKinsey Social Initiative, Inc., Attn: DMCA Takedown Request, 1200 19th Street, NW, Suite 910, Washington, DC 20036

To be effective, the notification must be in writing and contain the following information:

  • an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest;
  • a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;
  • a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on our Site or otherwise within our Services, with enough detail that we may find it on our Services;
  • your address, telephone number, and email address;
  • a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright or intellectual property owner, its agent, or the law;
  • a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your Notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner’s behalf.

Counter-Notice: If you believe that your Content that was removed (or to which access was disabled) is not infringing, or that you have the authorization from the copyright owner, the copyright owner’s agent, or pursuant to the law, to upload and use the content in your Content, you may send a written counter-notice containing the following information to the Copyright Agent:

  • your physical or electronic signature;
  • identification of the content that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the content appeared before it was removed or disabled;
  • a statement that you have a good faith belief that the content was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or a misidentification of the content; and
  • your name, address, telephone number, and email address, a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the federal court located within Northern District of California and a statement that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification of the alleged infringement.

If a counter-notice is received by the Copyright Agent, MSI will send a copy of the counter-notice to the original complaining party informing that person that it may replace the removed content or cease disabling it in 10 business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the content provider, member or user, the removed content may be replaced, or access to it restored, in 10 to 14 business days or more after receipt of the counter-notice, at our sole discretion.

Repeat Infringer Policy: In accordance with the DMCA and other applicable law, MSI has adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances and at MSI’s sole discretion, users who are deemed to be repeat infringers. MSI may also at its sole discretion limit access to our Services and/or terminate the memberships of any users who infringe any intellectual property rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement.

Third Party Websites

Our Services may provide, or third parties may provide, links or other access to other sites and resources on the Internet. MSI has no control over such sites and resources and MSI is not responsible for and does not endorse such sites and resources.

Special Notice for International Use; Export Controls: Any software available in connection with our Services and the transmission of applicable data, if any, is subject to United States export controls. No software may be downloaded as part of our Services or otherwise exported or re-exported in violation of U.S. export laws. Downloading or using any software is at your sole risk. Recognizing the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all local rules and laws regarding your use of our Services, including as it concerns online conduct and acceptable content.

Indemnity and Release

You agree to release, indemnify, and hold harmless MSI, its affiliates, and its and their respective officers, employees, directors, members, and agents from any from any and all losses, damages, expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, rights, claims, actions of any kind and injury (including death) arising out of or relating to your use of our Services, any Content, your connection to our Services, your violation of these Terms, or your violation of any rights of another. If you are a California resident, you waive California Civil Code Section 1542, which says: “A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor.” If you are a resident of another jurisdiction, you waive any comparable statute or doctrine.

Disclaimer of Warranties

YOUR USE OF OUR SERVICES IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. OUR SERVICES ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. MSI EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.

MSI MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT (I) OUR SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, (II) OUR SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE, (III) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF OUR SERVICES WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE, OR (IV) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, OR OTHER MATERIAL PURCHASED OR OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH OUR SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS.

Limitation of Liability. YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT MSI WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, OR DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF MSI HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, RESULTING FROM: (I) THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE OUR SERVICES OR ANY CONTENT; (II) THE COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS AND SERVICES RESULTING FROM ANY GOODS, DATA, INFORMATION OR SERVICES PURCHASED OR OBTAINED OR MESSAGES RECEIVED OR TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO THROUGH OR FROM OUR SERVICES; (III) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR CONTENT, TRANSMISSIONS, OR DATA; (IV) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON OUR SERVICES; OR (V) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO OUR SERVICES OR CONTENT. IN NO EVENT WILL MSI’S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES OR CAUSES OF ACTION EXCEED THE AMOUNT YOU HAVE PAID MSI IN THE LAST SIX (6) MONTHS, OR, IF GREATER, ONE HUNDRED U.S. DOLLARS (US$100).

SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS SET FORTH ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH ANY PORTION OF OUR SERVICES OR WITH THESE TERMS, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USE OF OUR SERVICES.

Arbitration

At MSI’s or your election, all disputes, claims, or controversies arising out of or relating to these Terms or our Service that are not resolved by mutual agreement may be resolved by binding arbitration to be conducted before JAMS, or its successor. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, arbitration will be held in Washington, D.C. before a single arbitrator mutually agreed upon by the parties, or if the parties cannot mutually agree, a single arbitrator appointed by JAMS, and will be conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations promulgated by JAMS unless specifically modified in these Terms. The arbitration must commence within forty-five (45) days of the date on which a written demand for arbitration is filed by either party. The arbitrator’s decision and award will be made and delivered within sixty (60) days of the conclusion of the arbitration and within six (6) months of the selection of the arbitrator. The arbitrator will not have the power to award damages in excess of the limitation on actual compensatory, direct damages set forth in these Terms and may not multiply actual damages or award punitive damages or any other damages that are specifically excluded under these Terms, and each party hereby irrevocably waives any claim to such damages. The arbitrator may, in his or her discretion, assess costs and expenses (including the reasonable legal fees and expenses of the prevailing part) against any party to a proceeding. Any party refusing to comply with an order of the arbitrators will be liable for costs and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, incurred by the other party in enforcing the award. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the case of temporary or preliminary injunctive relief, any party may proceed in court without prior arbitration for the purpose of avoiding immediate and irreparable harm. The provisions of this arbitration section will be enforceable in any court of competent jurisdiction.

Termination

MSI may terminate these Terms for any reason at any time. MSI reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to restrict, suspend, or terminate your access to and use of our Services, with or without prior notice. Otherwise applicable sections of the Terms shall survive termination.

General

These Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and MSI and govern your use of our Services, superseding any prior agreements between you and MSI with respect to our Services. These Terms will be governed by the laws of the District of Columbia without regard to conflict of law provisions. With respect to any disputes not subject to the dispute resolution procedures set forth above, you and MSI agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the local and federal courts located within the District of Columbia.

The failure of MSI to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of these Terms is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of these Terms remain in full force and effect.

You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of our Services or these Terms must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.

MSI may assign or transfer this Terms, in whole or in part, without restriction. The section titles in these Terms are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect. Notices to you may be made via either email or regular mail. We may also provide notices to you of changes to these Terms or other matters by displaying notices or links to notices generally on our Site.

Questions? Concerns? Suggestions?

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