How we can make radical change, without changing the radicals
Facilitated by Micah J. Kessel & Kate Scott
(8:30-10:30 AM - bring your own coffee/tea and snacks).
A theoretically revolutionary take on how to approach organizational DEI, called ‘Two In The Room’
We are at a time of history when we are told that to move forward, we must bring the two most extreme edges together, pulling them towards the middle through dialogue.
That when dialogue meets in the middle, and the ends of the political spectrum listen to each other, depolarization will occur.
In reality, we haven’t seen that happen. In fact, we see it only polarizes us further.
But what about the middle that already exists? Those who, in their hearts, want inclusion and belonging for all. They just don’t know how to make it happen.
Our diversity, equity, and inclusion leaders have done everything they could to give the middle that knowledge, through facts, statistics, and exercises.
But when we asked more than 100 DEI directors in organizations across the country what their biggest challenge is, we consistently hear that after all of those trainings, they’re not seeing people apply that knowledge in their teams and communities.
And so by looking at our nation’s complicated strategy in defeating racism, speaking with the brightest researchers on bias, and the science of emotions, we came up with a clear starting point for change. This starting point is actionable, can change lives, and can be represented in one powerful easy to remember phrase:
TWO IN THE ROOM. Specifically, two people in every room who are comfortable and willing to speak up for the rights of others.
Two in the Room is the basis for our theory of change — we can make radical change without needing to change the radicals.
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS:
Michah J. Kessel - E.D. Playground of Empathy & Emotions Centered Design Lead @ the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Lab, Northeastern University. Star gardening with star gardeners in DEIJB, Science, Human Flourishing & Design.
Kate Scott - Organizational Transformation | Talent Management | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Cisco Strategy and Planning
NOTE 1: SUMMER HELP NEEDED (8/27): Are you good at producing a Zoom program (i.e., 'behind the scenes' work) - the things our wonderful producer Debbie Morris usually does? Contact Mary Charles 919-656-9573 -- Debbie will be away for July & August, returning for our September program
NOTE 2: Do you have an idea to polish or a presentation to try out? The Change SIG is looking for October and 2022 speakers.
For more information, contact SIG leaders, Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573) or Vickie Bevenour.