1st Blog: The Beginning of a Continuing Conversation
June 29, 2009
I remember the first time I was in a roomful of smart, passionate, insightful people. It was my first year of college. School was a great environment for not only learning knowledge from others but creating knowledge through debates and discussions and challenging one another about our experiences and worldviews well into the wee hours of the morning. My intent with this blog – The Inclusion Paradox, named after my upcoming book – is really to offer the virtual equivalent of that stimulating environment, where smart, committed, and insightful people gather to debate, discuss, offer new knowledge and content, and provide insights on diversity inclusion and its relevance to our personal lives, the communities we live in, and the companies we work for.
The Inclusion Paradox blog is intended to explore in greater depth the concepts I introduce in my book plus others that ended up on the cutting room floor. Given the limitations of word counts, book binding, and attention spans, a book can only contain so much. When it comes to diversity and inclusion topics the list is as long as it is intriguing and urgent.
Hence the blog. So, twice a week, I will either be introducing one of the topics in the book, interviewing a thought leader in the field, telling the story example of the Inclusion Paradox come-to-life, or commenting on a current diversity & inclusion headline. And each time inviting you to co-create new insights in response. And from insights let’s uncover wisdom.
My desire here is to start a conversation that is already ongoing. Like the 100-year-old yeast culture that gets passed on to be the starter for a new loaf of bread every day that people can break together, the Inclusion Paradox blog is using the starter of a “culture” of ideas that has been fermenting and given rise to new thinking as people get together in conferences, workshops, and other gatherings.
With this in mind, I invite all of you to post your comments and stories on the issues and topics I surface so we can keep the conversation going and rising, and in the process learn from each other.
In addition to a place for knowledge creation I also intend for the blog to be a hub of diversity resources. The Public Square link above, sparsely populated now, will be a place to find out about corporate diversity and inclusion events going on and a list of other books and resources aimed at sharing and creating new knowledge, practices, and tools. Send along links to things others should know about.
Let’s start! Today’s Discussion Question:The default response in a time of economic shortages is to hunker down and gear up for budget cuts and programs being killed. But let’s flip this around and discuss:
What are the opportunities for advancing the work of diversity and inclusion work you see as a result of the economic crisis? Share your story. ■
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