Culture and Forgiveness

  The word “forgiveness” has been popping up a lot these days in the media. Actor Mark Wahlberg is asking for forgiveness for committing racially motivated assaults as a teenager.  In filing an application for a pardon with the state of Massachusetts, the 43-year-old actor says when he attacked a Vietnamese man with a stick... Read More

Traits of Inclusive Leaders

Members of a Diversity and Inclusion Council completed the following sentence: "Leaders in an organization are being inclusive when...." They are walking the (diversity) talk and modeling inclusive behaviour. They are taking part in both formal and informal processes that support the development of an inclusive organization. They understand community expectations and hold their staff accountable for... Read More

Diversity Disconnect

For many people the word "diversity" is an honourific term that denotes positive things in the workplace, on teams or in neighbourhoods: including more creativity, more innovation, less group-think and better problem-solving abilities. And for the most part they are right. Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of having diverse perspectives and backgrounds in organizations.... Read More

Be it Resolved….or Not

Many people make resolutions at the start of the New Year.  Some people, however, avoid them at all costs; after all, they say, “Ill just break them any way.” Just visit a local health club and you'll see a significant increase in memberships, as promises are made to lose weight or to lead healthier lifestyles.Making... Read More

RoadMap 2030: View from the Private Sector

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6OKbHbhrIk] The business community has been dealing with issues of diversity for many years, with many successes to show for their efforts. What can the public sector learn from business about collaborating with diverse communities, and leveraging the talent, resources and networks of these communities? And in what ways can public policy around diversity support... Read More

The Un-Reality of “Whiteness”

The latest cover of Vanity Fair  features nine actresses as the faces of the "new Hollywood." The women have many things in common: they are obviously female, they are also pretty, thin and white. Absent from the VF cover -- and obviously from the minds of the editors of the magazine--are outstanding actors of colour. (For example... Read More