10 Things To Watch To Learn About Black Oppression & Systemic Racism #BlackLivesMatter
Video essay with 10 recommended things to watch on streaming services to get started on learning about Black experience, black oppression and systemic racism.
Video essay with 10 recommended things to watch on streaming services to get started on learning about Black experience, black oppression and systemic racism.
Links to work by black writers, journalists, scholars and other commentators in Australia in the context of Black Lives Matter.
'As I write this on 23 June 2020, the two scholars most cited and promoted on social media in the field of racism and privilege, are White... The promotion of their work over Black writers perpetuates the idea that White people understand racism best, and that only they can solve it. Dangerously, it suggests that racism actually has nothing to do with Black people.'
This list of Indigenous authored work was created with the intention to ensure First Nations voices are cited and promoted on social media in discussions of racism and privilege. It is a non-hierarchical library of links to commentary on race and colonialism in Australia which highlights significant First Nations thought leaders and intellectuals.
Recommending fiction and nonfiction reading list of books by First Nations Australians.
6 Degrees is a Canadian initiative that responds to rising nativism and exclusion through connection, artistic representation, online engagement and language. This co-created dictionary examines 12 words responsible for disagreement and misunderstanding, and recasts them to provoke and inspire.
Three short videos on the 6 Degrees Dictionary. 6 Degrees is a Canadian initiative that responds to rising nativism and exclusion through connection, artistic representation, online engagement and language. The dictionary recasts 12 words typically responsible for disagreement and misunderstanding.
An article looking at the different approaches you might take to different call-out situations, taking into account your own resources of time and energy and the appropriate scale of your response.
'Usually when I talk about oppression, I emphasize impact over intention – because no matter how well-meaning someone is, they can still cause harm. Maybe we should consider the same emphasis when we’re trying to stop oppression.'
Organisations everywhere are discussing how to uproot systemic racism from the workplace. Where should you start? This article from the World Economic Forum offers up 7 practical steps for building a more diverse and inclusive organisation.
Working with vulnerable groups, especially groups of people who have been exposed to racial trauma, often also means working with moments of crisis arising from long-term injustices.
This blog post offers a framework for how to develop meaningful cultural actions with your affected audiences.
A meta-analysis of 492 studies which found that reducing implicit bias did not alter people's behaviour.
'Our results suggest that current interventions that attempt to change implicit measuresin these domainswill not consistently change behavior.'
Influential article on call-out culture and its performative nature.
'Especially in online venues like Twitter and Facebook, calling someone out isn’t just a private interaction between two individuals: it’s a public performance where people can demonstrate their wit or how pure their politics are.'
Reflections on Australia's prestigious Archibald portrait prize, which was first awarded in 1921. By 2019, only 16 paintings of women and four of non-white Australians had won.
"It’s one of Australia’s most prestigious art awards, with $100,000 at stake and the power to transform “outsiders into insiders”. Curious, then, that no representation of a black woman – in many ways, the ultimate outsider – has ever won the prize."
Bruce Pascoe introduces his influential research in Australian history, which he wrote about in Dark Emu.
'In 2014 I wrote a book Dark Emu, which exploded the myth that Aboriginal people were mere hunters and gatherers and did nothing with the land. I wrote the book because I found it hard to convince Australians that Aboriginal people were farming.'
Links to examples of racial equity plans in the USA and Canada, including Canada's Action Plan Against Racism and Portland City and Bureau Leadership Racial Equity Strategy Guide, and US's Government Alliance on Race & Equity 'Racial Equity Action Plans - A How-to Manual'.
The Australian Film Television and Radio School corporate plan sets a target of 25% CALD staff and 15% CALD student enrolments.
Video of a talk by author, journalist, and human rights activist Afua Hirsch at Kaaitheater Brussels. Arguing for new language to talk about identity, she discusses her book ‘Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging’ that explores identity appropriation and ‘colour-blindness.’
Presentations on Racial Equity Assessments, introducing what they are, why they are required and how to implement them. Ends with a guide to identifying 'choice points' when racial equity could be advanced in developing projects.
'Hello, lovely to meet you. I’m Cessalee: a Black woman, DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) consultant, director and performer, arts audience member, and advocate for a better industry – can we talk?'
'Comparing ... a play about a specific Asian community to another play ... from an entirely other Asian country tells me you’re not talking about the quality, talent or skill level ... you’re talking about the category you’ve created called ‘plays about Asian things I don’t understand'.'
A list of anti-racism mechanisms that can reduce racial prejudice, such as increasing organisational accountability, describing self and group identities and finding alternative talk.
Article responding to the celebrity 'I take responsibility' pledges sparked by the Black Lives Matter movement.
'The mainstreaming of anti-racist discourse is causing many people to question their own position in the world. As welcome as this is, let’s not stop at self-reflection. Unlearning personal prejudices should coincide with undoing the structures, logics and economic arrangements that perpetuate global anti-blackness.'
Case studies and resources for building equitable organisations, strengthening boards and advisory groups and creating partnerships and collaborations, including a sample partnership agreement. Also includes advice on evaluations and the pros and cons of different methods of obtaining feedback.
A round-up of global disruptions, resignations, apologies and calls for change in the arts and media in mid-2020 in response to COVID-19, Black Lives Matter and systemic racism.
'Inevitably, the ripples from these global protests are disrupting industries far from the epicentres of these urgent crises. Culture is shifting and we are witnessing reckonings across the screen industries, academia, publishing, journalism, music, food, fashion and visual art. '
Article outlining ways to bring more diversity to Australian newsrooms, including offering increased training to CALD journalists, strengthening talent pipelines through better CALD networks, mentorships and events; improving CALD talent pipelines and consulting with people of colour. It also recommends undertaking and publishing regular diversity audits.
'The ABC and SBS publish regular diversity reports, and arguably, the very existence of these reports shows some progress is being made.'
Article on four 'detours' taken to avoid racial equity in schools, and five principles to embrace it, which can be applied to many other organisations.
'Often, the educators most adamant about racial equity are cast to the margins of institutional culture. They are the ones feeling isolated, wondering whether they belong...Colleagues call them troublemakers for naming what others refuse to name. Some are shushed or encouraged to adopt a color-blind perspective by equity-skittish leaders.'
A comprehensive yet simple guide that contextualises the race outcomes and leadership gaps in the US social sector, and offers approaches for building a 'Race Equity Culture' in your organisation. Identifies equity cycles, investments, levers, vocabularies and and tools.
A statement from the Black Obsidian Sound System that calls out institutions, prize-culture and demands the rights to thrive in conditions that a nurturting and supportive - forging a better path ahead in the future for collaborations between institutions and collectives that pratice social art.
Former US president Barack Obama speaks about call-out culture.
“If I tweet or hashtag about how you didn’t do something right, or used the wrong word or verb, then I can sit back and feel pretty good about myself, because, ‘Man, you see how woke I was. I called you out.’ That’s not activism,”
Toolkit and analysis of Anti-Racism.
'Reflect on choices you make in your daily life (i.e., who you build relationships with, what media you follow, where you shop). How do these choices reflect being antiracist?'
This paper questions the idea of evaluation, arguing that conventional evaluation methodologies fail to comprehensively understand the full range of factors that contribute to the successful delivery of services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients. Consequently, there is a failure to understand how programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities can be delivered and evaluated in a framework of self-determination.
Article on an evaluation of the BFI Diversity Standards in relation to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) participation after six years in operation by Dr Clive Nwonka from the London School of Economics.
'The research, conducted with the co-operation of the BFI, suggested that BAME participation in the industry remained considerably lower than other under-represented groups, particularly in behind-the-camera roles.'
Overview of the history and contemporary expression of black face from the UK and the US.
'Popular contemporary ways of displaying blackface include: darkening your skin and especially your face; wearing clothes that you assume all black people wear and in a fashion that is mocking (think ‘ghetto’ or ‘thug’); throwing up obscure gang signs, or what you assume are gang signs, in order to ‘act black’; and depicting blackness in all its complexities as a caricature.'
Professor Marcia Langton reflects on the relevance of the Black Lives Matter movement in Australia, discussing the function of racialisation in a settler-colonial context, the relationship of Aboriginal struggle in Australia (against police violence, carceral systems, and land theft) to the detention of asylum seekers, and the value of transferring esoteric knowledge into public information.
UK research by Black-led British theatre Eclipse blows away any lingering assumptions that Black artists do not attract a mainstream audience. A three-month tour of Black Men Walking, a play created through a three-year project with 16 Black writers, sold out 71 of its 84 performances, with 428 or 512 respondents rating the show as four or five starts. And only 21.4% of the audience identified as Black.
This advocacy organisation/directory campaigns for positive examples of cultural representation and the right to tell their own stories and to combat stereotyping. Their directory features professional East Asian writers based in the UK.
Australian Victorian government film on actions bystanders can take to prevent racism.
A three-year project that looks at what people do when they witness racism - what actions they take, how likely they are to take action, obstacles to action and things that would facilitate action, as well as the impacts of taking action.
"There's two reasons why people don't speak up or speak out, our research shows. One is afraid of becoming a target themselves the second is because they say they didn't know what to say or do."
This resource offers campaign materials to encourage action.
A link list by The Centre for Integrative Anti-racism Studies, Canada. Focused on enhancing research and teaching in equity, anti-racism praxis and alternative knowledges in education, links span community organisations, networks and alliances, race relations foundations and research groups.
A blog series for the 'Cultural Heritage and Identities of Europe's Future' project addressing challenges in minorities’ rights and cultural diversity. Particular focus on youth radicalisation, questioning of the European project, the revival of tribal identities, education and policy.
A reading list on African feminists to support researchers and practitioners recognise the politics of knowledge production, and challenge it through their citation practices. Useful for acquainting with decolonial research methods and queer politics from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
A vast selection of articles by Colorlines, a news site featuring in-depth reporting, news analysis, opinion and curation on racial issues. Covers arts and culture, politics, gender and sexuality, criminal justice, economic justice, schools and youth, health, native affairs, among other topics.
Colours of Resistance was a grassroots network of people in the US and Canada working on anti-racist, multiracial politics in the movement against global capitalism. This network existed from 2000 until about 2006.
This archive contains articles and analysis, as well as an interesting section offering definitions of terms in the racial equity space.
Blog describing the commissioning process designed to increase diversity of scriptwriters in new series of the popular ‘Zombies Run!’ exercise game, first using ‘blind’ anonymous read-throughs to shortlist, then assessing writer bios to ‘promote’ submissions from under-represented groups.
'In every case where we felt our shortlist was unbalanced, we promoted extra submissions rather eliminating others. We worked by addition rather than subtraction.'
Discussion of the book 'The Relationship is the Practice' edited by Jade Lillie and Lia Pa'apa'a which explores community engagement, collaboration, intersectionality, cultural safety, racial literacy, access and inclusion. Also links to the book.
An analysis of systemic inequality, putting bias in the context of wider history, identities, structures and institutions.
'The current conversation is not only shallow, but actually harmful. We continue to primarily focus on individuals, when institutional and structural inequities are the bigger problem.'
Short film interviewing the eight UK and Australian practitioners in the INTERSECT peer mentorship, offering advice for institutions and artists of colour.
'While the programming of galleries, major art institutions supports diversity in terms of the art works and the artists that they programme, unfortunately behind the scenes it's very different. That type of diversity is not seen in staffrooms, in meeting rooms and in the board room.' Tian Zhang
The Creative Time Summits are annual gatherings of artists, activists, and other thought leaders intervening in civic life, politics, and media. The programmes' videos, podcasts and publications feature notable ‘political art’ and ‘socially engaged art’ strategies in local and global contexts.
Lead artist Rani Pramesti created this resource as a work under Diversity Arts Australia's Pacesetters project as a response to white privilege and a colonised arts and cultural sector. The site features curated interviews with 'established' creatives of colour.
'My aim is to equip Creatives of Colour with the strategies we need to survive and who knows, maybe eventually, thrive!'
Offers five key principles of cultural equity, demonstrated through engaging exercises like using Gamestorming cards and privilege beads to initiate discussion about cultural privilege. Also contains an MOU template for organisations to commit to equitable arts practices.
A consideration of the language of diversity from the Arts Council of Ireland, including terms such as ‘cultural diversity’, ‘multiculturalism’, ‘interculturalism’, ‘discrimination’ and ‘racism’. Looks at contested terms and issues, such as the campaign of the Traveller community to be recognised as a separate ethnic identity, rather than being considered 'minority ethnic'.
Links to tools for data collection, including how to design survey questions, an overview of different methods of data collection and tips on focus group interviews.
In his *** lecture, *** presents his thesis that a generation of black and brown talent has been lost to the British media because media management did not support or invest in their careers.
'The recipients of that sort of investment are those whom managers and indie bosses can envisage one day doing their jobs. And in my experience those selected for such elevation tend to be carbon copies of the managers who champion their careers.'
Excellent resource exploring terms used in public debates about identity politics, political correctness, pronouns and what constitutes racism. An interdisciplinary guide to key concepts, influenced by decolonial methodologies, Marxism, feminism, queer theory and deconstruction. Features interactive links, illustrations, embedded videos and music.
A report featuring lessons and sample materials from the Racial Equity Transformation (RET) of Dēmos, an American think-and-do tank leading justice and multiracial democracy work. Covering foundational analysis, organisational assessment, learning and implementation, it’s designed to assist organisations’ own RET.
A framework (also known as the 'Bennett scale') to describe how people experience and engage with cultural difference and become more competent intercultural communicators over time. Based on constructivist theory, the model offers six positions as a person's perception of cultural difference becomes more complex, moving from ethnocentrism to ethnorelativism.
The six stages are 'denial', 'defence', 'minimisation', 'acceptance', 'adaptation' and 'integration'.
The resource booklet provides books, interviews, webinars, documentaries, articles, reports, toolkits, and resources on the experiences of Black
communities in Canada and the impacts of systemic anti-Black racism. It is organised by chapters which highlights: Black communities in Canada, Black feminism, Anti-racist and Anti-colonial theory, Teaching and Talking about Race and Racism, and Affirming Health and Wellness.
The lessons are also applicable to the arts and creative industries.
A selection of action tools developed in the US including the role of change teams and caucuses in race equity work, giving feedback, race equity principles for taking action, and a race equity tool for organisations in developing explicit goals.
A selection of analysis tools and definitions developed in the US including race equity stages, dynamics of denial and desistance - includng tactics of privilege and resistence, effective problem solving, how a movement is built, and the 'Barriers and Bridges' principles.
A comprehensive selection of resources shared by an American leader in race equity covering toolkits, information and curricula for parents and teachers, guides for organising and training, as well as various books, videos and articles.
Focused on Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities in the US, this tool allows libraries to upload their catalogue of children's books for an analysis of the representation of different cultures. Crucially this is not only about WHO is represented, but also HOW they are represented, eg, as 'folklore' type tales, as stories of oppression and resilience, or if diverse characters are presented as living lives that are identical or interchangeable with another cultural group.
In this comprehensive blog you'll find a smorgasbord of resources, articles, guides, toolkits and reports on topics including diversity training, workplace diversity surveys, intersectionality, how to empower diverse teams and unconscious bias.
Diversity Arts’ Executive Director Lena Nahlous and Creatives of Colour’s Rani Pramesti discuss innovative forms of research in the arts, especially in relation to diverse audiences.
"We're beginning to get a grip on the influence of this work and its impact and it's harder to measure than more traditional means of research, but that doesn't mean that it's not measurable, because it is." - Lena Nahlous
Outline of the British Council's strategy for equality, diversity and inclusion, focusing on six key areas: age, disability, ethnicity or race, gender, religion or belief and sexual identity. including information on policy and strategy, the Diversity Assessment Framework, equality monitoring, equality impact assessment, staff learning and development and networks in support of creating an inclusive organisational culture.
The British Council's global EDI Strategy, featuring three main objectives: an inclusive organisational culture; developing capability and leaders; and performance, impact and legal compliance, as well as key tools for achieving this.
A pan-European anti-racism network that advocates for racial equality and facilitates cooperation among civil society anti-racism actors in Europe. This comprehensive resource selection includes reports, toolkits, books, policy position statements, and thematic fact sheets relating to anti-racism and anti-discrimination.
Article that unpacks issues around systemic and institutional racism, after Joaquin Phoenix called out systemic racism in this BAFTA acceptance speech.
'“Systemic racism”, or “institutional racism”, refers to how ideas of white superiority are captured in everyday thinking at a systems level: taking in the big picture of how society operates, rather than looking at one-on-one interactions.'
Artists all over the world, regardless of their gender, earn considerably less than professionals in occupations requiring similar levels of education and qualifications. But there’s an additional income penalty for artists who are female, as well as women of colour. However this is has some good news: The gender gap is not replicated among remotely practising First Nations artists in Australia.
A monograph responding to how American community building can maintain or reinforce power inequities and racially-biased policies. Features definitions of community building, racism, internalised racism, white privilege; goals, process and strategies for interventions; and tips for evaluation and multi-racial partnerships.
Gari Yala, which means ‘speak the truth’ in the Wiradjuri language, is based on a survey 1,033 First Nations workers across Australia. The report reveals Indigenous employees continue to experience significant workplace racism and exclusion and that racism is impacting wellbeing and job satisfaction.
The report also provides 'ten truths' for organisations to improve workplace inclusion for Indigenous staff.
First Nations historian, activist and leader, Gary Foley, explains the do's and don't's of white activism.
'If people are serious about wanting to become involved in the struggle for justice, the first thing you need to do is not go and talk to any blackfellas at all, really, you need to look in the mirror - you need to look at yourself, you need to look at yourself, you need to think hard and fast about who you are and make sure you haven't got psychological identity problems of your own.'
Taika Waititi's hilarious short video for the Give Nothing to Racism campaign.
An introductory educational resource covering leading practices in how to support transgender and nonbinary people. Includes a helpful guide to what to do if you've made a mistake:
1. Listen - Stay in your discomfort and be willing to listen
2. Be Accountable - Remember, intention is not impact. The best apology is one that doesn’t make excuses or invalidate the other person’s feelings.
3. Commit to Do Better - Treat it as a learning experience.
UK-based writer calls for us to view 'cancel culture' through both social and economic lenses.
"When the British Labour leader, Keir Starmer, caused offense by referring to Black Lives Matter as a “moment” rather than a movement, he announced that he would undergo implicit-bias training. It is an approach that sees bias as a moral flaw among individuals, rather than a product of systems. It encourages personal repentance, rather than institutional reform."
Pearl Tan and Priya A Roy give a useful primer on intersectionality and explain how intersectional approaches can make for better stories and a more diverse industry.
While it deals primarily with the screen industry, it breaks down the concept of intersectionality into its historical roots and explores structural, political, and representational intersectionality - and what this means.
Checklist of seven actions that non-Indigenous people can take to support Australian First Nations communities, including 'preference our voices' and 'be ok with not always being part of the conversation'.
'We need good allies. We are only three per cent of the Australian population. We can’t raise the profile of issues affecting us without our allies. But what does a good ally look like?'
Video in which Ibram X. Kendi introduces his ground-breaking book 'How to be an Antiracist'.
What does it mean to be an ally to people of colour? What does it mean to remove blackface from our streaming services? And what can the creative sector do to advance racial equity?
Diversity Arts Australia and the British Council launched the Creative Equity Toolkit with this timely conversation in partnership with Sydney Opera House.
Minority employees who share their race, ethnicity or nationality in meaningful ways with colleagues at work can lead to greater inclusivity and respect, according to research from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The study found that rich cultural-identity expression that moves beyond superficial discussions to reveal parts of the inner self connected to one’s cultural identity fosters closeness and increases the majority group’s learning.
A look into the value of the Harvard Implicit Association Test, which is better at predicting bias among large groups of people than individuals.
Online course aimed at educators to understand and mitigate against unconscious bias.
Hinton argues that implicit biases are learnt associations, rather than an unconscious cognitive 'bias'. These arise from information circulating in a person's culture, such as stereotypes. 'According to the predictive brain model, when the culture changes then the implicit stereotypes of its members will change (albeit slowly for some associations).'
The Unlock toolkit is a free comprehensive resource aimed at arts organisations. It contains over 100 actions that will help creative workplaces become more inclusive, and focuses on hiring, leadership, work and care.
Report for the Australian Film, Television and Radio School looking at barriers to inclusion and ways to combat them.
'A key support that several consultees for this project mentioned was tracking opportunities for career progression and making them known to aspirants to kindle ambitions and find ways to address barriers.'
'There is a tendency in Australian arts practice to confine under-represented practitioners to ‘community arts’ rather than mainstream, professional content development. '
The Inclusiveness Index identifies and captures the degree of group-based inclusion and marginality experienced across the world. Focusing on policy, laws, and institutions, it holistically examines group experience across gender, race/ethnicity, religion, disability, and sexual orientation dimensions. Features datasets, resources and reports.
This fact sheet and comic is designed to provide education about copyright issues and Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property rights in an accessible way. It is aimed at artists and audiences alike.
A dissection of racism as experienced by First Nations people in the workplace. The types of racism (for example: slurs, stereotypes and not being taken seriously), the impact on staff retention, and six calls to action are all presented visually.
A look at the difference between calling out problematic comments on social media and making lasting change.
'More insidious, however, is the palpable “look at me being a good ally” performative aspect that emerges, particularly when the target of the pile-on is a known problematic figure and frequent scapegoat. This is when twitter, in particular, can transform into a virtual gym for “white allies” to flex their solid(arity) muscles.'
Tongan Australian writer Winnie Dunn reviews the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's 'Jonah from Tonga', about a fictional Pasifika boy played by a white man in brown-face, Chris Lilley.
'...the question is not about whether white people are entitled to have an opinion on this issue, but rather, who is in a greater position to assess whether this issue is a problem – the group committing the act or the group affected by it?'
An article that explores how gatekeeping, old-fashioned ideals and codifications of dance institutions and practices especially in ballet can create exclusionary boundaries. The author and interviewees provide perspectives on how to take important steps towards inclusivity.
A call to move the focus of the racial equity debate away from individual racism and towards structural racism.
'Blaming people may feel good but it won’t lead to structural change. There has to be a middle ground: of asking people to take responsibility and to step up as allies without alienating them by telling them how terrible they are first.'
Jack Callil and Bec Kavanagh resigned as emerging book critics for Australia's Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers 'in opposition to the lack of diversity in the selection, which resulted in an all-white group of peers.'
'The selection fails to reflect Australia's diverse literary community, and is a missed opportunity to support non-white voices in arts criticism in Australia.'
An article responding to John Cleese's tweet that 'London was not really an English city any more', due to its cultural diversity. The article links London's diversity with the diversity of the empire that funded its wealth.
'London, just like England, has always been constituted by global connections. Violent material, wealth and labour extraction from the colonies helped finance the industrial revolution and brought money flowing into the capital.'
Influential report which found that 95% of senior leaders in Australia have an Anglo-Celtic or European background. Although those who have non-European and Indigenous backgrounds make up an estimated 24% of the population, they account for only 5% of senior leaders. Cultural diversity is particularly low within the senior leadership of Australian government departments and Australian universities.
Developed by “Whose Knowledge?,” a global campaign recentering marginalised knowledges online, this "learning pattern" is designed for those who want to support marginalised communities add to Wikimedia projects. It offers critical questions, suggestions, and examples from experiences to illustrate lessons.
Guidance on how to conduct a conversation about racism in your organisation, including converation prompts, common statements people might make to derail conversations about racism and how to respond respectfully to keep the conversation on track.
A blog series featuring stories by thought leaders contributing to justice transitions in philanthropy. Designed to inspire the US sector to re-imagine and practice a new kind of philanthropy that redistributes wealth, democratises power and shifts economic control to communities.
After an 18-month campaign by Mercedes Baptiste Halliday, Magnum photographer Martin Parr steps down from his festival director role after failing to notice racist depictions in a photography book he edited.
'the photographer said he was “ashamed of my association with the book”, writing: “I must have seen the spread in question, but not logged its implication, an oversight that I deeply regret.”'
Australian author and poet Maxine Beneba Clarke speaks about her memoir The Hate Race.
'I felt that it was important to write The Hate Race. I felt there was a gap in Australian history in terms of migration stories, particularly coming out of the 70s, 80s and 90s, post White Australia Policy. So I wanted to be able to tell the story of what that time was like growing up as a young child of colour in the Australian suburbs.'
Literature review of key research about how to measure artistic vibrancy and the challenges of evaluating artistic practice.
"The models emphasise:
• external and internal views of the organisation’s performance (eg audience, funders, artists, peers, staff)
• organisation’s ownership of the measurement process makes it meaningful
• employees and management must be engaged in the measurement process
• measures have to match the organisation’s mission"
AirBnB hired an illustrator to diversify its imagery and branding. This article explores how design considerations can seem small compared to policies or features for tech companies, but they are learning the value of people imagining themselves in the product.
This toolkit provides useful resources such as 'how to talk about racism at work', 'conversations about painful subjects', plus pieces covering intersectionality, 'how to avoid tokenising' and more.
Video of a talk by Finnish-Nigerian author Minna Salami at Kaiitheater Brussels, discussing her book ‘Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone.’ Renowned for her blog, ‘MsAfropolitan,’ that combines feminism with critical reflections on contemporary culture from an African perspective.
A two-part report that aims to reform the way people talk about race and racism in the USA. Outlines impediments to productive racial discourse, lessons from barrier-breaking interventions, considerations for selecting spokespersons and recommendations for framing expertise, skills-building and collaboration.
NSW Government agencies are required to report on how they are planning effectively for culturally and linguistically diverse people under the Multicultural NSW Act 2000. The MPSP framework includes four focus areas: delivery, planning, leadership and engagement. Resources available to assist agencies include a guide and template.
A best practice framework for the Australian higher education sector to embed Indigenous Cultural Competency. Defines cultural competency, stocktakes international practices, discusses culturally competent pedagogy including suggestions for curricula, activities and assessment procedures, and offers guiding principles for the sector.
A report on a benchmarking study and survey with senior leaders and diversity personnel aiming to capture the current state of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) management in Canada, as well as attitudes and perceptions of D&I practices occurring in organisations.
Article on the criticism received by the Rob Guest Endowment due to the lack of diversity of its 2020 semifinalist list. The $50,000 award is Australia's most prestigious music theatre award and was criticised for announcing what appeared to be a completely white 30-person shortlist.
Some of the semifinalists issued a statement saying: “The 30 of us stand with artists and performers who are people of colour. We are uniting to listen, learn and actively be part of the solution.”
This report explores the gaps between not-for-profit executive leaders of color and white leaders, and compares executives to staff in the US. It features findings from the Race to Lead survey of 4000+ across the American sector, including a secondary consultation focused on executives.
A report outlining ‘a cultural strategy for belonging’ that centres the leadership, voices, storytelling, practices, and knowledge of marginalised peoples and communities in America. Offers resources, evidence, case studies, and a workshop module aimed at artists, organisers, cultural strategists, funders, among others.
A statement from the UK's Film and TV Charity, acknowledging that they have not done enough to recognise racism in the screen sector, and that it has affected their ability to provide support to everybody working behind the scenes in film and TV. The statement is a commitment of intent to be an anti-racist organisation and demonstrates this by allocating resources. A useful template to help leaders to set organisational mission statements.
A resource series for marginalised communities working on knowledge production, featuring stories, lessons, tools and tips. Part 1: Decolonising Our Stories and Knowledges, Part 2: Transformative Practices for Building Community Knowledges, Part 3: Adding Our Knowledge to Wikipedia, Part 4: How to Ally and Be a Good Guest.
This 'Technique for Building More Authentic Community Partnerships Right from the Start' offers a model of consultation and collaboration used by the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in the US to build an exhibition in collaboration with the community. Includes a video on conducting a meeting and worksheet with sample questions, using active listening and open-ended questions.
“It felt more equal...rather than appearing as though we were just trying to tick a box on community engagement.”
Video hosted by Bangarra Dance Company's Luke Currie-Richardson about the campaign towards reparations which takes the form of a land tax scheme where property owners pay rent to traditional owners.
Natalie Cromb tells him: 'We're asking people to check their privilege, and use it for us, because the government is never going to hand anything to us without us fighting for it and we need allies who want to do right, and want to be on the right side of history.'
An article examining recent trends by American philanthropic foundations focusing on diversity and inclusion. Advocates and provides tools for a further step in philanthropic investments and leadership: addressing white privilege and white culture through dialogue, reflection, and action on racial equity.
The first in a series of short films from the New York Times looking into implicit bias (aka unconscious bias). It looks at the difference between racism and implicit bias and how associations are unconsciously made when we are are exposed to racial stereotypes through media, education and art.
Portside Review is an international literary journal publishing essays, short stories, and poetry for and from the regions bordering the Indian Ocean. Its principles include:
* Locating your own centre - to liberate from prize and market culture and emphasise community definitions of 'good' writing and art
* Foregrounding cultural and ethnic identity - beyond national borders
* Artist support & pay parity - no matter where an artist is located or how difficult the times
A podcast focusing on black women in philanthropy. Features the co-founder of BlackHer - an online platform inspiring Black women changemakers, an impact investing expert, CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and co-Director of the Donors of Color Network.
Darlinghurst Theatre Company in Sydney makes a public commitment to:
'having, at minimum, 50% of all artists in our employ, every year, belonging to an Indigenous, Black or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse community and to having diversity of representation across our season and programming. This will include employment of playwrights, actors, directors and designers.'
A short guide and checklist for developing an anti-oppression policy in your community organisation. Developed by a Quebec-based anti-oppression leader, it covers assessing organisational strengths, identifying areas for improvement and where to focus trainings.
This accessible publication shares tactics for change emerging from the US Museums Association (MA) Transformers programme. It covers commentary from the MA community, and offers practical guidance for people who want to work in a more inclusive way in the sector.
A comprehensive self-assessment toolkit from the US (requiring sign-up), that helps funders determine how well you are building, sharing and wielding power and identify ways to transform your programs and operations for lasting, equitable impact and justice.
Designed for activist campaigns, the power analysis tool makes power relations explicit in relation to a disputed issue (such as creative control of a project, decisions on cultural representation).
'The Power Analysis tool is, more than anything else, a tool for giving structure to conversations and inquiries. The value of the tool emerges for the participants as they construct it.'
Article on the #publishingpaidme movement which aims to highlight disparities in the payment of black and white authors. Nearly 3000 writers have disclosed their payment alongside demographic data.
'Malorie Blackman, the UK’s former children’s laureate and author of the Noughts and Crosses series, wrote that she had “never in my life received anything like the sums being posted by some white authors”.'
The British Council's guide to good practice in racial equality. It identifies racism and the ways in which it manifests globally; addresses the ways in which race and ethnicity sit within the Council's approach to equality, diversity and inclusion, and sets out actions and case studies for change, such as challenging stereotypes, addressing under-representation and communicating inclusion.
A resource selection provided by a leading American race equity body harnessing systemic analysis and innovation to help people and organisations take action toward racial equity. Includes guides, toolkits, templates, audio and video covering assessment, planning, reporting, programming and impact.
A guide for talking about race, racism, and racial justice in the American media. Features key terms and concepts, harmful racial discourse practices, online resources, and provides guidelines for reporting, language, conversation, and covering issues with a racial lens.
Drawing from the Race to Lead survey of 4000+ across the American not-for-profit sector, this report engages an intersectional analysis to examine how women of colour encounter more systemic obstacles than white women and men of colour in the sector.
Arts and Culture section of a wider library of 2000+ links, research, resources and curricula aimed at empowering change in people, organisations and systems.
The site divides resources into ‘Fundamentals’ (concepts, data, lists and tips), ‘Plan’ (examining issues and planning), ‘Act’ (identifying strategies and communicating), ‘Evaluate’ (evaluating progress and results), ‘Connect’ and ‘Curricula’.
The Evaluation section of the Racial Equity Tools website. Offers tools, research and data analysis tips to help groups assess, learn from and document their racial equity work in the US, with special attention to evaluation, and issues of power and privilege.
An extensive glossary of terms from a variety of noted sources.
'Words and their multiple uses reflect the tremendous diversity that characterizes our society. Indeed, universally agreed upon language on issues relating to racism is nonexistent. We discovered that even the most frequently used words in any discussion on race can easily cause confusion, which leads to controversy and hostility.'
The Racial Equity Tools Glossary defines a wide range of terms used in work to achieve racial equity and racial justice at every level, including board and senior management in systems, organisations and communities.
Luke Briscoe discusses how racist ideas and stereotypes are expressed in digital media. Changing technology and forms of information sharing and media production have enabled racism to shapeshift in the online world, and young First Nations people’s experiences of race are changing too. The article discusses the profound impact online racism has on the health and well-being of Indigenous Australians and the idea of the ‘digital divide’.
Six workers in and around UK film discuss racial inequality - and what is needed in terms of meaningful workplace changes in the screen sector.
Australian Human Rights Commission campaign and guide on how to conduct a conversation about racism, along with videos and other resources.
'The tips and conversation questions in this guide have been developed based on consideration of Australian and international research on anti-racism strategies, current Australian Human Rights Commission education resources and training guides, and human rights education principles and pedagogies.'
Glossary of terms relating to racism developed for the Australian education system.
A tool that provides effective strategies to intervene in ways that expand and empower collective work for racial equity in arts organisations, including sections on how to make your grant panel, application forms, recruitment process and board more racially diverse. It also includes a concise glossary of terms.
This article makes the case for greater engagement with First Peoples literatures by non-Indigenous readers, and provides a reading list which could be a useful starting point for those who don’t know where to look. It is a helpful entry point for thinking about how to build new audiences for First Nations content.
A report examining how workers – particularly workers of color – are framed in coverage of technology and health care jobs in American media. Provides the workforce development field with practical tips for racially equitable communications towards collective responsibility for employment and other economic outcomes.
Chapter in the UK venture capital industry guide to Diversity & Inclusion in Tech, with guidelines on allocating budget and including key stakeholders and leadership.
'If your resource is internal, employees may be faced with balancing project responsibilities alongside their job. This may cause conflicting priorities. To counteract task overload, ensure that the D&I strategy team roles and responsibilities are agreed, documented, and clarified upfront.'
Reconciliation Australia’s list of templates, how-to guides, frameworks and instructions for organisations hoping to start their own Reconciliation Action Plans. While RAPs are not the only way to improve policy and organisational culture, they can provide a good starting point.