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Nine learnings on privilege and diversity

I am a big fan of Courtney E. Martin, whom I’ve written about before – the first time about her great piece, Crisis of Attention and Intention.

So I was delighted to read this piece, Nine learnings on privilege and diversity, which feels like a nine-point companion piece to my blog post from a couple of weeks ago, A day at the dairy.

How about this:

1. Friendship is the most powerful “diversity strategy” there is.

There is nothing more important than creating meaningful and organic relationships with people across the various borders that have historically divided us. It is through these real relationships–whole, vulnerable, reciprocal–that we really learn about our own blind spots and the beauty of others’ perspectives.

And this:

8. It’s not about making policies for people, but making policies with people.

People at the decision-making table need to reflect the diversity that you want your policies to reflect. Asking, “How will this affect marginalized people?” is another worthwhile, but inadequate question. Better yet, let marginalized people help architect the policy in the first place.

The other seven points are worth reading too. Courtney was writing on the Center for Courage and Renewal website. I like the sound of them.