Are numerous likes from followers indicative of valuable, inspiring content? Do many participants illustrate the impact of a D&I initiative? Is positive feedback at a DEI meeting confirming your DEI strategy design? As a critical D&I engineer, I see a need to look at different DEI target groups and related objectives in the first place. For this helps us to contextualise some of our evaluation results.
One of the shared beliefs in D&I appears to be that issues from the past will be resolved with new values, generations and business approaches. Does this hope withstand reality and evidence checks?
Both Diversity activists and rationalists have been relentlessly exploring and explaining the need to overcome monocultures – particularly in today’s complex business contexts. What began as a joint effort has become – at times – a fight over narratives, followers and the prerogative of interpretation. Less divisiveness and polarisation – even within DEI – is needed to advance our agenda.
Wenn Vielfalt zum Thema wird, nutzen die Medien meist starke Bilder. Und noch stärkere Worte. Dass dabei die Monokultur implizit als Norm gestärkt wird übersieht selbst die kritische Journaille. Und ob seltene, stets anlassbezogene Berichte wirklich hilfreich sind darf ebenfalls bezweifelt werden.
From systemic change to moving the needle: D&I proclaims change. However, celebrations and C-level support are not enough to generate progress. And sometimes, fake change is the issue.
Diversity acknowledges the human factor in professional and business processes, aiming at improving outcomes for people and organisations. The human mechanism of introversion requires special attention these days. Specifically including in D&I.
Faced with a crises, people and systems tend to focus on what they truly care about. This, however, assumes that a deeper purpose exists in the first place and is shared. D&I can offer a strong shared purpose – if it goes beyond numbers and initiatives.
Racism and other issues remain unresolved and we must therefore accelerate systemic change. This, however, requires us to learn and unlearn. The online maganzine TwentyThirty dedicates an entire series to this aspect.
Events, Kampagnen und selbst Studien versuchen immer wieder, Vielfalt als (Mehr)Wert an sich darzustellen. Der Beruf der/s Diversity-Managerin/s fordert deutlich mehr.
D&I has grown to become commonplace in the Corporate world. Meanwhile, digital tools, social networks and globalisation have shaped the informational context. What does it mean that everybody has access to data, good practices and professional networks?
Diversity Management bildet jenseits von Vorzeigeprogrammen eine echte Gestaltungsaufgabe. Statt Sozialromantik beschreibt Lena Schindler im BlogMagazin OhhhMhhh, passend zu dessen Profil, die echte Geschichte von Vielfalt, die auch zum Umdenken motiviert.
Research, reflections and Romanian practices. The latest comprehensive D&I publication in Europe combines critical contributions with inspiring initiatives.
Pledges & partnerships, campaigns & charters: Publicly visible D&I initiatives have soared across countries and industries. Despite the substantial resources that are invested in these formats, evidence suggests that workplace and business realities continue to include racism, sexism, ageism, or homophobia—contrary to what the initiatives aim to convey.
As D&I experts, we have always advocated change, based on a thorough look at hidden dynamics and taking into account changing contexts. While we see many signs of good progress and real success, a number of worrying and even threating elements tell us to rethink,realign and revise our work.
It is simple and easy to say that D&I is good for business and also the right thing to do. This combined rationale is believed to convince different audiences. However, increasing backlash in recent years shows that positioning D&I does not work smoothly.
Nicht Vielfalt feiern, sondern Wertschöpfung gestalten. Nicht Massnahmen umsetzen, sondern Change als Chance verstehen. Ein Abend mit neuen Impulsen für 100 Schweizer EntscheiderInnen.
Conferences can be beauty contests, at times. The first large National Diversity Conference in Lithuania, however, decided to also address critical issue right at the beginning.
Since Diversity started. the topic has evolved from an innovative niche topic to a broadly tackled issue. In order to get fresh and critical insight from the outside, one of the pioneer D&I magazines, Profiles in Diversity Journal, has invited a European to become columnist in 2019. C.f. pp 52-53.
When a company has completed more than 15 years of D&I work – in all aspects and areas – they ask us which higher level they could reach. For every D&I practitioner, staying relevant is key. Here is the latest guidance.
This moment, when you discover a trend and you feel it deserves to be promoted by your fame and authority. The next day, everybody else tells you the trend started 20 years ago and you were always part of the problem.