A little levity on a Friday afternoon....with a message, of course. I walked into the pet store earlier this week and was confronted with a large cardboard marketing campaign for Family Stickers – the new thing in advertising who we are through our vehicles. You may have seen them – they are stick … [Continue reading] Family Stickers
Seems like the Tim Hortons in Blenheim, Ontario will get more attention than they bargained for this coming Thursday...but not the right kind. Last week a lesbian couple were asked to leave the premises because their public display of affection was upsetting the customers. The first thing that came … [Continue reading] Coffee, anyone?
Invariably when I do workshops on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), one of the themes that comes up is holidays. With the cold weather and Halloween approaching, it makes me think of the many weeks of Christmas carols we will experience when shopping. I love Christmas, and I love to sing - but the … [Continue reading] Holidays & Diversity
Yesterday I came across a poster entitled How to Build Community (created by the Syracuse Cultural Workers 1999). The last 2 lines made me stop and pause, so I’d like to share one of them today. “No one is silent, but many are not heard – work to change this.” Powerful, isn’t it? Think about it: … [Continue reading] Building Community
Last month Australia made a significant change on their passport application forms; there are now three options for “gender” – M, F and X. When your passport doesn’t reflect what you look like – when your listed gender doesn’t match who you are - it can be, in the words of Senator Louise Pratt, … [Continue reading] The Difference an “X” Can Make
Stephen R. Covey has come out with a new book. It’s called The 3rd Alternative. I read about it in the Globe and Mail last week and it’s on my list of books to acquire. I think it would make a great read for any organization committed to diversity and inclusion. Here’s why: One of the barriers to … [Continue reading] The 3rd Alternative
I'm in New Brunswick today! This afternoon my colleague and I will deliver Diversity and Inclusion workshops. I love to facilitate, and D&I is "my thing". What makes this experience a little different, however, is that this part of New Brunswick is very French. Which makes me wonder...do I tell … [Continue reading] Learning in a second language
I have recently been reading about Google and their commitment to diversity and inclusion. Some of the things I've been reading make my heart sing, so I thought I'd share. Google has Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) for different communities (Asian, Black, LGBT, Latin American, employees with … [Continue reading] What we can learn from Google
This week I was forwarded the list of Canada’s 50 Best Corporate Citizens (2011). It’s a list that Corporate Knights (“the Magazine for Clean Capitalism”) started about 10 years ago. Who knew there was such a list? I was amazed! I discovered through Madelaine Drohan’s article in the report … [Continue reading] Corporate Social Responsibility – what about inside the organization?
One aspect of diversity we are not talking much about in Canada is Supplier Diversity. Growing in popularity in the USA and UK, Supplier Diversity is another way for a company to exercise their diversity and inclusion commitments. Supplier Diversity is simple: it requires companies to take a look … [Continue reading] Supplier Diversity