September 30 – Radical inclusion with Ele Chenier

January 25, 2021
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By Methuseli Dube

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend this week’s Zoom call. I would especially like to thank Ele Chenier for leading the discussion on radical inclusion. This post will offer a quick summary of resources and links that where brought up throughout the meeting. I highly recommend taking a closer look, yourselves.

Notes, quotes and resources

It occurs to me that being antifragile is a consequence of learning: learning how to be better...

I often think of [antifragility] as a built-in result of learning when you consider learning from an evolutionary perspective (that antifragility is literally what evolutionary processes are designed to be and do).

There is a LOT out there, systemically, preventing many from approaching a practice of listening to themselves. If you are taught, daily, that you are not worth listening to, why would you choose to listen deeply to yourself? So there is structure change necessary for people to begin this practice.

“Meaningful and lasting change begins on the inside”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

#Resources

  1. Academic Women is a network formed in 1988 for female faculty at SFU. They run studies on issues of equity, diversity and inclusion, the latest of which was: Radical Inclusion: Equity and Diversity Among Female Faculty at Simon Fraser Universityhttps://www.sfu.ca/academicwomen.html
  2. The Care Manifesto: The politics of interdependence puts forth a vision for a truly caring world. The authors want to reimagine the role of care in our everyday lives, making it the organizing principle in every dimension and at every scale of life: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54907888-the-care-manifesto
  3. The link below contains the PDF of the slides used during the meeting: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JHbd7Zte4cG7hjBXzWSWG64SmwsouBol/view?usp=sharing
  4. Link to Jam Board that contains discussion ideas brought up throughout the meeting: https://jamboard.google.com/d/1Vm2Ss9ZX2r7fCUAf5Vur8W4GzA3oc3A9uPxdm3wPDcc/viewer?f=0
  5. Kintsugi, also known as kintsukuroi, is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold — built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art: https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/how-japanese-art-technique-kintsugi-can-help-you-be-more-ncna866471

Wrap-up

To finish off, here are some interesting topics to think over until next Week. Thank you once again to everyone who joined us this week and to our guest speaker.

  • Radical inclusion calls for deep listening, an ethic of care, and solidarity politics. Reflecting on your own work, place these in the order in which you think they would need to occur, or in which these skills need to be developed;
  • Identify one person in your life from whom you could learn one of these skills -- share who this is, and which they could teach you (homework: ask them to teach it to you).
  • Which would be the easiest for your organization to adopt, and which would be the most challenging? Why?
  • How and where could you start this work? (Homework: take one small step to start this work. Always begin with yourself.)