In my view there are 4 primary reasons for – and benefits from – making Diversity, Equity and Inclusion real in the governance, operations, investment and grantmaking of trusts and foundations: It creates an improved understanding of needs within, and the capabilities of, target communities – particularly if people with lived experience are included (KNOWLEDGE); […]Read More What’s the point of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?
I wrote the following article for the July 2018 edition of the Association of Charitable Foundations’ magazine – Trust and Foundation News. It’s a follow-up article to the piece on Diversity that I wrote for the July 2016 edition which can be found here https://newreciprocity.com/2018/04/08/postcard-from-the-comfort-zone/ This new article reflects on what has – and has […]Read More Mistaking the Word for the Deed
There is now talk of voluntary sector leaders, membership associations and infrastructure bodies coming together to tackle the diversity deficit in the voluntary sector. That’s a good start. Here are some questions for them: (1) What is your collective definition of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion? (2) What’s your collective “theory of change” that takes account […]Read More #NotAnotherBloodyToolkit
There is currently some criticism of the politics of identity – particularly the allegation that the urban/metropolitan political elite (and also aspects of the media) is obsessed with it – and this is contributing to a turning away from mainstream parties and politics by “ordinary” people. For some, the focus should instead be on commonality […]Read More Identity is not the cause
I wrote the following article in July 2016 for the Association of Charitable Foundation (ACF) magazine – Trust and Foundation News. It was a companion piece to an article written by a young woman from a visible minority ethnic community and faith – each of us giving our very different perspectives on how a shared […]Read More Postcard from the Comfort Zone
Outlined below is a non-thorough but fairly representative sample of the reports I happen to remember from the last 20+ years in which the same issue has been repeatedly identified – the lack of representative Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the voluntary and community sector in the UK. I could have gone back even further […]Read More Inertia – a timeline
I wrote an action plan (below) shortly before Trump’s inauguration in January 2017 – but not solely in response to the election of that particular misogynistic, narcissistic, amoral sociopath. I thought at the time that resistance to the values (or absence of them) that he personifies was vital in the face of the inequality and […]Read More In These Troubling Times