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.
Many carry with them what might be described as a “broken truth” regarding other’s social identities that inhibit them from celebrating others’ full humanity. Broken truths can be difficult to name. Often a poignant story can help get at the heart of the matter, as it did at MountainTop 2015. This is a video excerpt of a retelling of Douglas Wood’s Old Turtle and the Broken Truth.
Melvin Bray had the distinct privilege of co-facilitating MountainTop 2015, 8-10 June, in Atlanta, GA. MountainTop is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, intersectional summit of leaders of moral courage from around the US, convened by Auburn Theological Seminary and designed to advance a multifaith movement for justice. The 2015 theme was RACIAL EQUITY. This DesignShop was facilitated in conjunction with Rob Evans from Imaginal Labs and Melinda Weekes-Laidlow from Weekes in Advance.
Melvin Bray helped a wonderful cadre of collaborators host Faith Forward 2015 in Chicago.
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.