30 Years Erasmus: success figures but no passion – Pulse of Europe: passion only

At its launch, the ERASMUS programme was revolutionary and provided literally unbelievable mobility. After 30 years, the stats and results are impressive. However, the look-and-feel of ERASMUS reports and events suggest a political and administrative focus rather than a celebration of a European spirit and integration. Other initiatives, like Pulse of Europe, show enormous spirit but lack the content or structure of established programmes. A combination of spirit and structure would be ideal – but is only found in few initiatives, like AEGEE.

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Seven Changes that make your Gender Equality work impactful, accepted and valuable

Hundreds of leading women at the World Women Leadership Congress in Mumbai filled the large ballroom with stunning expertise and vibrant engagement. The only panel of that day, 17 February, discussed a delicate question: The invisible dynamics of gender bias. The only man on the panel, Michael Stuber, shares his top recommendations from 20 years of experience in advancing Gender Diversity on the occasion of International Women’s Day (8 March).

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D&I could be a powerful alternative to Nationalism – if pitched effectively

It felt as if overnight many achievements of 20 years of D&I work were ruined when nationalistic and post-truth campaigns received support and were partially successful. A root cause analysis shows how badly managed globalisation and virtualisation led to fragile communities. D&I has the power to offer an alternative – but for that, it needs to be re-framed.

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Case Study: Involving Top Management Levels in shaping the Gender Diversity agenda

If you feel you need to reshape your Gender Diversity strategy and want to make sure top management is not only on board but actively engaged, why don’t you run workshops on the business case & strategy design with your first levels? One large country organisation of a global firm did that and received detailed input and lists of active supporters with whom they proceed. Continue reading

Consolidated online resource for European gender data: Excellent policy data, weak for D&I

The European Union’s Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) has introduced a new online resource for Gender Statistics. It aims at serving as a comprehensive knowledge centre for gender statistics on various aspects of (in)equality between women and men. Initial tests show that the focus of the database is more on general demographics and public policy concerns than on employment or management.

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Kulturelle Vielfalt: Kontext ist alles

Welche Dynamik sich zwischen zwei Kulturen entfaltet hängt nicht nur von den jeweiligen (vermeintlichen!) Besonderheiten ab, sondern wesentlich von örtlichen und zeitlichen Gegebenheiten. Dieser sogenannte Kontext ist entscheidend für das Verständnis inter-kultureller Prozesse. Dies gilt umso mehr, als dass sich Werte, Grundannahmen, Normen oder Maßstäbe mit dem jeweiligen Kontext verändern – bis hin zu willkürlichen Festlegungen. Kontext-Kompetenz wird damit zum Erfolgsfaktor im Umgang mit kultureller Vielfalt.

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Cultural Diversity – From normative models to exploring existing realities

Learning about differences can be tricky as it may well lead to putting (groups of) people in boxes. ‘Men are from Mars’ is one example for the stereotyping risk, and many traditional cultural models fostered categorisation – even in categories that did not exist before. Exploring the realities of cultures as they exist is an intriguingly easy alternative.

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New evidence about Unconscious Bias shows this concept is not the silver bullet

Current research into Unconscious Bias shows that the awareness for and concern about expressing bias does actually help to accept feedback about bias and to take bias-reducing actions. The study conducted by Perry, Murphy and Dovidio (in press) found that white participants with high scores on a newly developed Bias Awareness Scale were likely to accept the (fictive) results of a bias measure indicating their preference for white individuals over black individuals. Participants with a lower Bias Awareness tended to reject such feedback. Moreover, the personal acceptance of bias feedback turned out to be the crucial tie between Bias Awareness and bias-reducing activities when participants were told to be biased. These findings confirm that Unconscious Bias training alone will not turn the totality of subtle and blatant discrimination, imbalance and inequalities into a fair and inclusive culture.

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Umgekehrter Bias: Wenn persönliche Überzeugungen den Blick auf Daten und Fakten verstellen

Die Hoppenstedt Firmendatenbank bot viele Jahre einen Fundus an Daten, unter anderem zu Frauen in Führungspositionen. Diese erlaubten Analysen nach Firmengröße und Branche, auch über Jahre hinweg und wurden in der Vergangenheit von Journalisten großer Medien als Aufmacher genutzt. Inzwischen heißt Hoppenstedt Bisnode und der Datenriese arbeitete für die aktuelle Gender Auswertung mit dem Kompetenz-Zentrum Frauen im Management der Hochschule Osnabrück zusammen. Aus dieser Kooperation durften wir eine saubere Analyse und einen sachlichen Bericht erwarten. Auch nach mehrfachen Begutachtungen erscheint der Bericht eher als Beispiel für ideologischen Datenmissbrauch und einen durch persönliche Voreingenommenheit verstellten Blick.

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