Last weekend I accompanied my mother to the 2019 Awards Gala for Voice of Women for Peace, held at the 519 Community Centre in Toronto. Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) is a grassroots organization that next year will turn 60. That’s quite something for an NGO. And it is the oldest women’s … [Continue reading] Voice of Women for Peace
Over the last two weeks I’ve been exploring resistance – specifically to immigration and to the accommodations we make (and/or are asked to make) for individuals who are new to Canada and who are bringing different beliefs and customs with them. If you missed them, here are Part 1 and Part 2. The … [Continue reading] Exploring Resistance – Part 3
This past week I was at the Global Influence Summit, run by Joseph Ranseth. Joseph has spent years studying the movements of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and teaches this to thought leaders in their commitment to change. The Global Influence Summit was about starting movements. As you … [Continue reading] What Gandhi Didn’t Say
Over the weekend I was considering cultural competency versus cultural humility. If you’ve been to one of my workshops, chances are you’ve heard me talk about the latter as a new (and more appropriate) point of reference than the former in terms of D&I work. Cultural Humility Cultural … [Continue reading] Cultural Competency vs Cultural Humility
Diversity and inclusion. D&I. What if we put the I first? Imagine what might change? This week I’m thinking (again) about Board diversity. The lack of diversity and the need for diversity on Boards of Directors is something we have been hearing about for years. Last week I was at an … [Continue reading] What if we put the I first?
Diversity and Inclusion are lumped together (we even shorten it to D&I) but the reality I see as a consultant is that they aren’t often practised together. As our populations continue to diversify, and as organizations come under the spotlight for their commitment (or lack thereof) to … [Continue reading] Diversity AND Inclusion
This week I’m re-reading a book by David Cameron Gikandi called A Happy Pocket Full of Money. It’s a great book about the mindset of abundance. I highly recommend it, it’s a fascinating read. It’s my second time through, and of course different things are jumping out at me this time. Here is … [Continue reading] Memory, Diversity and Inclusion
Yes, I admit it! I watched parts of the Royal Wedding on the weekend. I wasn’t planning to, but then the thought of showing my 5-year-old a non-white princess got the better of me at 8pm. And I heard the commotion about the sermon by “the Black preacher”, so I had to watch. I was inspired by … [Continue reading] The Royal Wedding, Diversity, and Inclusion
To me, one of the most important parts of this work around diversity and inclusion and anti-racism/anti-oppression is to give people a chance to expand their awareness and broaden their thinking. Because generally speaking we all live in a pretty small orbit – our own. This works … [Continue reading] Moving Beyond What We Know
A few weeks ago I took an Uber in Washington DC to get to the airport. As we drove, I struck up a conversation with the driver. I like to hear about people’s lives while I’m sitting in the back seat, and I always learn something new – plus I often get to challenge my own biases! Turns out my … [Continue reading] How well do you know the people you work with?