Steve Howe, Ernst & Young’s Americas and Firm Managing Partner, recently published a synopsis of the work E&Y has been doing internally around diversity and inclusion and recommending externally to their clients. E&Y’s efforts are a window into what Carolyn Buck Luce has referred to as market and social justice forces aligning. Justice organizations would be remiss not to seize the moment. People seeking a more just society cannot accomplish the systemic changes we desire without being able to influence the channeling of the resources that run the world.
It is at the end of this video that Collabyrinth’s work begins. Otherwise, the cultural awareness “breakthrough” that occurs exists only to further serve persons of privilege (or in this instance the culture of white supremacy)–as if everything everybody goes through in the video is for the white guy.
This offers excellent critique of part of the design of the In Our Neighbors Shoes event in March 2015. As a part of the service learning, 8th graders participated in a simulation that was not quite as relational as it could and should have been and skirted too closely the edge of the trap into which Gwyneth Paltrow and so many others have fallen. The next iteration of such a fieldtrip will correct for the insight offered by Brittney Cooper in the excerpt below from her article “White America’s Gwyneth Paltrow problem: How it’s playing games with the lives of poor people” for Salon.com. more…
This is the tale of a 3-day design event in which middle school students and their teachers imagine and begin to create a more beautiful world. Our initial responsibilities were to start to arouse solidarity in participants with persons separated from them by social identity and to begin cultivating transformation in participants’ ways of thinking and doing toward others. We provided insight, design and impetus each step of the way and will continue to work with the school over the next year to help them to continue to progress.