10 Steps to Make Sense of Answers to Open-Ended Questions
Two-page tip sheet on how to code and analyse qualitative data.
Two-page tip sheet on how to code and analyse qualitative data.
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.'
Recommending fiction and nonfiction reading list of books by First Nations Australians.
Results from the 2019 (pre-COVID) survey of Australians attitudes to the arts. The 2019 survey was translated into community languages for the first time: Arabic, Dinka, Mandarin, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese.
The research found that the targeted CALD respondents were more likely to attend arts events than Australians overall, and 42% would like to attend more arts than they currently do. CALD respondents are also nearly three times more likely to give to the arts than non-CALD respondents.
Thoughts and quick-fire hits form 27 champions of diversity to inspire you.
Article on evaluating the Diversity in Museum Leadership Initiative, a US$6 million project to address the underrepresentation of people of colour in US museum staff. The project supports paid internships and interventions in education programs for people of colour, ranging from post-graduate to high school level. Most grantees adopted five measures: Program participation; Program quality and engagement; Mentorship; Networking opportunities; Alumni tracking beyond the program.
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.
Not-for-profit Australian organisation run by journalists and communications professionals working to make news media more reflective of all Australians.
Publish the useful guide to Reporting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Issues, with information on cultural awareness that is useful more broadly, such as avoiding assumptions about peoples' appearance and acknowledging the spectrum of views within a community,
Guide focused on reporting on Indigenous issues in the Australian media, but with best practice on cultural awareness that is applicable more broadly, such as avoiding assumptions about peoples' appearance and acknowledging the spectrum of views within a community,
Independent organisation of contemporary artists and creative producers based in Sydney, Australia. Develops Arab-centred critical conversations and creative spaces and connects artists.
Network of Asian-Australian artists, designers and creatives working and playing in the Australian arts and creative industries.
Arwa Mahdawi makes a call to action for HR managers to find ways to reduce their unconscious bias. She gives an example of the company GapJumpers, which uses blind hiring practices and found that 60% more minority applicants were selected for interviews. She criticises superficial approaches (for example, diversity training and tokenism) for not focusing on dismantling endemic problems such as institutional racism, sexism, and ableism etc, and instead opt for a quick fix.
An UNESCO guide for policymakers to review how well equity and inclusion currently figure in existing education policies, determine actions to improve policies, and monitor progress. Features an assessment framework spanning concepts, policy statements, structures and systems, and practices.
What happened when the Commonwealth Bank's board endorsed a target for 'The cultural diversity of our senior leadership to match the cultural diversity of the Australian population by 2020.' A case study of the strategies, policies, implementation and lessons learned.
A short zine introducing "Postdevelopment," an approach responding to capitalism, Eurocentrism, Anthropocentrism and ongoing colonial legacies that calls for the end of development and proposes alternatives to it. Resolves definitions of post- and de- colonialism, and offers further reading.
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."
Excellent overview of the British Film Industry diversity standards, which require funded productions to meet criteria in at least two four areas. Includes breakdowns of requirements in each of the four areas, plus advice on meeting them.
"Get time on your side. Time is a much-cherished thing on set...If you rely on phoning the same old names on Friday night for a Monday morning call, you won’t be widening the gate."
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.'
The ABC Diversity and Inclusion Plan includes key actions tied to responsible people and timeframes for delivery.
'By August 2022 we aim to have:
• 15% of content maker roles and 15% of executive roles filled by CALD employees;
• 3.4% Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander/Indigenous employees;
• 8% employees with disability;
• 20% of technologist roles and 50% of all executive roles to be filled by women'
Excellent resource listing diversity initiatives globally in the screen industry by members of ACFI. The report groups initiatives in four categories:
1. Information Sharing
2. Mission and Vision; Policy and Strategy
3. Tax Credits/Rebates/Incentives
4. Workforce Development
It makes recommendations with examples and case studies for implementing leading practice divided into 'quick wins' that can be easily implemented, and those needing 'industry partnerships' and 'deeper investment'.
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.’
Developed over five years, this Australian Research Council project offers 17 case studies and ‘recipes’ on Cultural Mapping and Data Collection and Cultural Planning. It focuses on council strategies in regional NSW, but many tips are transferable, eg Reuse existing data to save money; Use creative engagement for better results; work collaboratively; Include everyone, not just the ‘usual suspects'. Includes survey questions to use in local culture mapping.
Ibram X. Kendi, author of 'How to be an Antiracist' shares a recommended reading list.
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.'
A selection of toolkits, handouts, guides, and other resources created by an American cooperative devoted to strengthening movements for social justice and solidarity economy through intersectional approaches to liberation. Covers transformative justice, racial justice, gender and anti-oppression among other topics.
Subtitled 'A way for organisations to talk about artistic impact', this document outlines processes for gathering data and feedback on the artistic vibrancy of an organisation, along with case studies of arts organisations who've done this.
Suggested processes include alumni, artist and audience surveys, community consultation, benchmarking, guest artists interviews, peer review, annual strategic reviews, as well as numerical data such as artist and audience metrics (including items to track).
A step-by-step guide for Scottish organisations to assessing impact and equality of projects in accordance with the equality duty under the UK's Equality Act 2010. Includes guidelines on when to conduct an assessment, scoping, analysing information, decision making, publishing and monitoring.
Edmonton Arts Council conducted an audit of its program over three years through consultations with diverse communities. They incorporated useful feedback in their policies, such as the recommendation that they discontinue their Cultural Diversity in the Arts Award, as respondents found it isolated cultural diversity from the mainstream granting process. They also find value in extending personal invitations to potential program participants from under-represented groups.
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.
This award-winning, grass-roots advocacty organisation that encourages BAME talent into the gaming industry by providing a skills, training and support network.
A six-part discussion series exploring the perspectives that define our norms. Part of ‘Normal Schnormal,’ a multidisciplinary programme on normality and other deviations at the Beursschouwburg art centre, Brussels. Covers language & race, identity, and ableism, among other topics.
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.'
Free digital designs of black people to use in online projects, such as websites, infographics or mobile apps. Over 40 images of people with different skin tones in workplace and medical settings, downloadable as PNG, JPG and Sketch and fully scalable.
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.
Developed by the US City of Portland for its bureaus, this tool offers a self-assessment to assess how equity is prioritised and addressed within budgets. While not developed for arts projects, this checklist offers insight into methods of equity-testing budgets.
A report by the Canadian Government that defines diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the public service, establishes the case for D&I, and recommends a framework and action plan. Focuses on people management, leadership and accountability, education and awareness, and the D&I lens.
For developing a 'clear plan to working with other groups that have the same vision as me' this planning tool identifies realistic steps required to build a partnership. Though aimed at development projects, the worksheet can be applied to collaborations on a creative project.
'Building partnerships... often take a considerable investment of time to build the high quality working relationships that underpin effective collaboration. The Building Partnerships Map breaks the process into steps,'
Australian Victorian government film on actions bystanders can take to prevent racism.
A selection of articles by staff at the Canadian Centre Diversity and Inclusion aiming to help employers, diversity and inclusion, human rights, equity, and human resources practitioners effectively address the full picture of diversity, equity and inclusion within the workplace.
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 / separatism, 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.
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.
Conversation about Australia's most prestigious portrait prize, the Archibald.
[Entrants] 'want to be seen as being of the same ‘calibre of artists who have won before.’ Calibre strikes me as an interesting metric. For people of colour, it seems as if it’s not so much technical calibre that is being referred to here, but rather cultural calibre. If it’s only white artists who have won before, it’s the calibre and quality of whiteness one wants to be proximate and compared to.'
Short blog posts by members of a global, open group of scholars working on post- and decolonial approaches to development and beyond. ‘Conviviality,’ means equity, mutual respect for others and nature, and assuming joint responsibility for how we live, act, and engage.
Concepts of identity are crucial to benchmarking diversity. These principles describe the importance of gathering detailed, granular statistics that make room for nuanced identities when mapping the cultural diversity of your organisation.
This purchasable book affirms culture as a critical space to practice courage and perseverance towards societal reconfigurations. Aligned with the European funding program of the same name, it features those behind alternative stories, opening up space for questioning the fundamental nature of democracy.
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.'
Report on the economic case for diversifying the creative industry workforce in the UK. The report outlines the case for missed business opportunities and suggests routes of action to combat a lack of diversity.
One-page charter adopted by members of the UK's Creative Industries Council, including Arts Council England, British Film Institute, Crafts Council, UK Music and UK Interactive Entertainment. It commits the industry to take action in eight areas, including collecting data, increasing talent pipelines, promote diversity at senior levels and setting meaningful targets.
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!'
A six-part radio play aimed at creating awareness on the ‘Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.’ Reveals how the popularity and accessibility of radio can reach beyond the masses to localised communities.
A Cultural Competence Self-Assessment Questionnaire featuring a version for direct service providers and another for administrators. Describing competency in terms of attitude, practice, policy, and structure, the instrument helps child- and family-serving agencies assess their cross-cultural strengths and weaknesses.
A short article introducing the ‘Cultural Competence for Social Justice (CCSJ) model.’ An accessible framework that adopts an intersectional perspective, it offers principles for living and working effectively in culturally diverse environments and enacting a commitment to social justice.
Kim Ho's research reveals that 70 out of 95 productions in Australia's 10 main stage theatre companies were both written and directed by white artists., 18% were written by culturally and linguistically diverse or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, while less than 14% had non-white directors.
The Australia Council for the Arts's framework for ensuring diversity in the arts.
A short article on the ‘Data, Diversity and Inequality in the Creative Industries’ project that explored data and patterns of diversity and inequality within the UK creative industries. Case studies feature The National Theatre Archive, Arts Council England, Digital Creativity Labs and BBC R&D.
An article reflecting on the significance of decolonising from individualism and reconnecting with community care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Promotes drawing from Indigenous survival knowledges, and shares some traditional practices that to support people’s spirits in this time.
Ground-breaking paper which introduced the concept of intersectionality, which describes the way overlapping identities relate to systemic structures of oppression, in this case gender and race.
"for feminist theory and antiracist policy discourse to embrace the experiences and concerns of Black women, the entire framework that has been used as a basis for translating "women's experience" or "the Black experience" into concrete policy demands must be rethought and recast."
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 paper introducing inclusive cultural tactics that expose and amplify some of the complexities of culture in order to dissect challenging social problems. Including US case studies, it shows how cultural tactics can act as leverage points for social justice.
A comprehensive guide addressing definitions of cultural competency, interventions for diverse populations, needs assessment, measurement considerations for diverse populations, collaboration through a diversity lens, workforce diversity, and budgeting for community-based organisations to provide more culturally competent service delivery programs in the US.
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'.
Report on the third year of Diamond, the world’s first industry-wide collaborative data collection system for monitoring diversity in broadcasting from the UK's Creative Diversity Network.
Diamond accumulated 30,000 responses looking into all forms of diversity. It found that Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) representation on-screen is 23% compared to the UK national figure of 14%. However, BAME people remain absent from many senior creative roles.
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.
This comprehensive and rigorous report offers a cutting-edge, best-practice approach to organisational diversity and inclusion strategy from another industry. Strategies focus on four objectives: creating 'inclusive by instinct' thinking, shifting workplace culture, strengthening the diverse talent pipeline, and attracting new diverse talent, which are broken down into more granular actions.
Under the British Council's Diversity Assessment Framework, each country office must report and provide examples and evidence against 10 indicators of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). The examples must show that EDI is embedded and internalised, both within the internal practices of the organisation and in its external projects. The evidence is assessed every two years by internal and external reviewers, as well as being scored centrally by the British Council Equity Unit.
How British Council offices working in the Middle East, including in challenging environments such as Syria, have prioritised Equity Diversity and Inclusion in their work.
Recommended resources on diversity and cultural literacy for US librarians, with a focus on evaluating material to recommend to children and teenagers. Resources offer tools for identifying unconscious bias or noticing the ways different groups are portrayed in books and resources.
Each year the Arts Council England collects, analyses, reports and publishes data relating to equality and diversity of the work, organisations and projects they fund.
The 2018/19 report released in 2020 found 11% of works in the national portfolio organisations are from black and other minority ethnic backgrounds. That compares with 16% of the working-age population.
Action-oriented resource with suggestions on ways to diversify screen productions, and examples of organisations who have successfully implemented diversity strategies. Includes lists of talent and training schemes to source diverse talent, a fun diversity Quiz and a sample evaluation form
A report on the allocation of staff and financial resources to diversity and inclusion (D&I) functions from a benchmarking study of finance, healthcare and insurance companies. D&I spend per employee for member organisations varied widely from $12.50 to $250. Includes line categories for the D&I budget, and examples of diversity goals, as well as information on developing a D&I council.
'More than half of the companies benchmarked allocate approximately 2-3% of their overall budget to D&I.'
An analysis of progress made since the adoption of the Creative Industries Diversity Charter. The report provides analysis and case studies of progress for each sector - such as Advertising, Publishing, Arts and TV and Film - focusing on three headline commitments of the charter: Diversity Monitoring, Strategies to Widen Talent Pipelines and Leadership Engagement. It makes recommendations for improvement in each of these areas.
US-based advertising and design company's experience with increasing diversity, including how they used their top-notch space to host community events, how they partnered with high schools to create a talent pipeline, and participated in external mentorships and multicultural career fairs.
These Guidelines for Co-Producing Research with People with Disability, while focused on doing research with people with lived experience of disability, offer leading practice in inclusive research and collaboration. It offers six principles of co-production and strategies and tools for implementation.
The E.ON #ThisisMe initiative is a strong example of how leaders can role model inclusive leadership behaviors around cultural awareness in the workplace with use of this fun video campaign #ThisisMe, and training for all levels of an organisation.
Infographic with top tips on engaging respectfully with communities, including outlining different types of community engagement (such as the difference between collaborations, co-creations and consultations) and tips on managing power, responsibility and the project's legacy.
Film London have created the Equal Access Network initiative which acts as a link between film and TV industry partners and culturally diverse talent; creating sustainable jobs and thus addressing the demand for more diverse content on screen.
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.
Literature review establishing baseline data, evidence and research about equality and diversity in arts and culture in the UK. Covers all kinds of diversity, including race. Looks at why Black and minority ethnic audiences and creatives aren’t engaging.
Four key themes are identified: arts and cultural audiences, arts and cultural participation, workforce, and access to finance.
Template used by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (UK) to assess equality impact. Includes guidance and a two-page EIA template.
The British Council's Equality Policy Statement.
'We recognise however that conflict based on ethnic, cultural and other factors, including asylum seeker and refugee status, continues to exist and undermines inclusion. We require all staff, partners and suppliers to ensure no unjustified discrimination on grounds of race/ethnicity occurs and to promote positive and equitable relations between different races/ethnicities and cultures. We have a Race Equality Guide to help ensure this.'
Equity at the Table (EATT) is a global database of diverse food industry professionals, including food professionals such as chefs and distillers, as well as photographers, writers and other creatives.
'EATT is an easy-to-navigate database for food industry professionals featuring only women/gender non-conforming individuals and focusing primarily on POC and the LGBTQ community.'
Selected resources from a community of not-for-profit communications practitioners focused on international development and learning how to integrate new standards of storytelling. Featuring webinars on what it means to storytell ethically, practical tips to strengthen your organisation’s ethical practices in story, and sample templates for ethical storytelling.
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.
A 'journal of socially engaged criticism', Field looks at the relationship between art and social, political, economic and cultural spheres. It frequently looks at issues such as colonialsim, displacement, gentrification, nationalism and resistance.
A short article introducing the work of Quebec-based not-for-profit Exeko, that works to understand social, cultural, and intellectual exclusion in order to eliminate it. Documents examples of their work in supporting cultural and intellectual inclusion, and building inclusivity through civic engagement.
Links to Indigenous organisations accepting donations to fund change.
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.
Sundance's diversity initiative to reach new audiences and storytellers.
Aboriginal 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.'
Toolkit for philanthropists with interviews, examples, case studies and worksheets.
"Drawing on firsthand experiences, the guide offers advice on promoting and deepening your foundation's commitment to racial equity, both internally and in the programs you support.
Tips for educators on supporting people through self-exploration of a privileged identity.
'Educators are likely to encounter resistance when asking students to undertake this kind of self-examination. But faculty can find ways to help students move beyond fear and defensiveness.'
Palestinian cookbook author Reem Kassis describes her mixed feelings about the food of her homeland being described as 'Israeli'. 'Food, after all, is an expression of history, culture and tradition. By this token, presenting dishes of Palestinian provenance as “Israeli” not only denies the Palestinian contribution to Israeli cuisine, but it erases our very history and existence.'
A toolkit featuring interviews, case studies and activities to introduce "Horizontal Development," a new American urban development approach that centres the margins, highlights diversity, celebrates place and is accountable to those impacted by the racist and classist policies by cities.
SBS's interactive tool is a quick and easy way to find out the cultural composition of an Australian suburb by ancestry, age, religion and birthplace.
Article on collaborations in the arts that have increased profits, expanded audiences and help marketing.
For example, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra developed a partnership with local African American churches. It 'is located in an African American neighborhood, but area residents had criticized the orchestra for being aloof from its community. The partnership has created not just better community feelings but also an enthusiastic new audience segment for the orchestra.'
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.
A brief discussion by the new artistic and general coordinators of Kaaitheater Brussels on how they can make “a many-voiced theatre.” Considers how to become inclusive within diversity, and how that translates into managerial practice and artistic choices?
A look into the value of the Harvard Implicit Association Test, which is better at predicting bias among large groups of people than individuals.
Melbourne-based platform for artists with transcultural practices and a collective that presents, collaborates and develops new ideas. The collective was founded after presenting a survey exhibition of Asian-Australian artists in Victoria at The Substation titled Hyphenated (2018).
Blogs from InDEEP, a professional development series that engages an American network of foundation staff committed to integrating racial equity and social justice through environmental philanthropy. Features guest posts by influential leaders on their lessons, case studies and resource guides.
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.
Muruwari playwright Jane Harrison investigates how non-Aboriginal artists might approach working with Aboriginal material, tackling questions like:
'Why do non-Aboriginal playwrights feel the need to write Aboriginal characters/stories? How can they feel confident they can write these characters sensitively, giving them authentic voices? How do they research their material? How do they ensure—indeed, do they feel the need to ensure—that the Aboriginal community is happy with their work?'
Case studies in multiple art forms of how arts organisations have implemented the landmark Australia Council of the Arts Indigenous Protocols, developed in 2002 to ensure Indigenous culture is used ethically and legally with appropriate consultation and consent, according to both Australian copyright law and Indigenous cultural protocols.
Includes question prompts for developing project methodology to ensure respect and consent when making art that draws on another community's culture.
The Sami Film Institute Indigenous Films Conference provides a clear and simple manifesto on producing and distributing indigenous film content to ensure that they tell their own stories. This done through partnerships, a film distribution model, training and a conference.
An ‘inspiration toolkit’ providing concrete guidelines on how urban culture can foster the integration of migrants and refugees, as well as diverse examples implemented in European cities. Features workshop findings, report take-aways, accessible international case studies, an interview and guidelines.
A collection of 23 case studies from the ‘awareness and exchange’ strand of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue in 2008. Engaging policymakers, citizens and service providers, it facilitated exchange on best practice for fostering intercultural dialogue through dynamic cultural events.
Worksheet with different statements you might use if you choose to call out someone, or call them in.
A guide to a participatory approach that links movement building with narrative power analysis towards social change storytelling. Features story elements; breaking-down power for goals, audiences, targets and constituencies; understanding your audience; points of intervention; action logic; cracks and cross-checking.
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.'
A list that outlines different ways that oppressive dynamics can play out in meetings and in organisations, with a focus on white/ male domination. Shared by a Quebec-based not-for-profit leading numerous projects on anti-oppression in community organisations.
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.
A report evaluating FRIDA’s impact that documents a funding model designed to promote emerging leadership, respond to changing realities, offer transparency, shift philanthropic power dynamics, and function as a learning and knowledge development hub for broader feminist and philanthropic communities.
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.
Survey of programming in Australian Major Performing Arts Organisations in 2019, measuring the diversity of the repertoire of Australia's largest orchestras.
Out of the 2006 works performed across 2019:
'3% were written by female composers
9% were written by Australian composers
19% were written by living composers
0.45% were written by CALD Australian composers
0.05% were written by First Nations composers'
A list of over 270 Indigenous Australian authors and illustrators, published by Indigenous publisher, Magabala Books.
Of the 48,000 practising professional artists in Australia, only 10% are from a non-English speaking background (NESB). This compares to 18% NESB people in the overall workforce. The number of NESB artists who feel their background had a negative impact on their arts practice increased from 15% in 2009 to 19% in 2017. Twice as many NESB artists say the lack of access to funding or other financial support is the biggest limit to their professional development (18% compared to 9% of others).
The Scanlon Foundation and Monash University have been researching attitudes to multiculturalism in Australia since 2007 through their Mapping Social Cohesion survey. The report includes many survey questions which may inspire questions for audience surveys. Questions include 'To what extent do you have a sense of
belonging in Australia?' and 'To what extent do you believe we should do more to learn about the customs and heritage of different ethnic and cultural groups?'
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"
While not designed for arts projects, this checklist for commercial collaborations from Intellectual Property Australia attempts to ensure that major drivers and interests of all parties are understood and catered for in a collaboration contract. A hand one-page checklist to help make resources, IP and power structures explicit.
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.
An article documenting the cultural mediation behind the ‘From waste land to an integrated urban campus’ project in Montreal. Showcases creative and participatory research methodologies and a ‘citizen knowledges’ forum featuring theater, co-design workshops, guided walks, a zine and mapping.
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.
UK organisation of museum and heritage workers of colour working to democratise narratives, tell hidden histories and champion fair representation in galleries, libraries and archives and offer stories and counter-narratives for strength, power and resilience.
A set of recommendations aiming to make the European museum sector aware of its role in a changing diverse society, and to provide practical support to museums for constructive approaches to working with different communities, migrants, refugees and minorities.
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.
The National Centre for Australian Children's Literature has a free database of children's books featuring culturally diverse characters, focusing on knowledge and understanding of both similarities and differences.
An interactive online publication, guide and practical resource prepared by a world-leading participatory grantmaking and capacity-building fund to share recommendations and engage other INGOs and funders in dialogue on how to work with young feminist organisers for transformation.
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.
Links to published diversity data for a range of mostly tech-based organisations, including AirBnb, Facebook, Netflix and Twitter.
'Companies already collect data about their employee demographics. Let's ask them to publish it. Open diversity data will make it easier for everyone to better understand the diversity landscape and work toward solutions.'
Representation standards will apply to the Oscars from 2022. Films nominated for Best Picture must meet two out of four Academy Inclusion Standards, which address race, gender, LGBTQ+ and disability.
'In 2016, after they failed to nominate any person of color among their 20 acting nominees, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who was Academy President at the time, took historic action by committing to doubling the number of women and diverse members by 2020, which they have achieved.'
Wiradjuri writer, teacher and academic Jeanine Leane ponders questions of representation and who had the right to tell another person's story.
'if non-Indigenous people are still only encountering Indigenous people via the works of non-Indigenous writers/historians/filmmakers/artists, then are they really encountering us at all?'
An illustrated reflection and guide on the experiences of women in male-dominated technological community networks. Documenting contributions from intimate womens’ circles alongside checklists and infograpthics, it addresses barriers and opportunities in education, partnership, and empowerment for building and leading community networks.
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.
A 10-part series that addresses the topic of cultural appropriation as it intersects with both Western European-based classical music and the broader social landscape.
'I do not doubt [John] Cage’s sincerity with his use of the I Ching, and his emersion into Zen and Japanese culture was probably deep and profound. But in a world where we celebrate the ideas of individual geniuses like John Cage, how do we also acknowledge the source communities for these ideas?'
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.
Review of the controversial book 'American Dirt', whose critics say exploits the suffering of Mexicans and resorts to stereotypes for the titillation of white readers.
'If English-speaking readers assume that this novel accurately depicts the realities of Mexico and migration, it will only further the cause of disinformation and prejudice.'
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.
Research into the effectiveness of unconscious bias training.
'The latest fashion of ‘unconscious bias training’ is a diversity intervention based on unproven suppositions and is unlikely to help eliminate racism in the workplace. Knowing about bias does not automatically result in changes in behaviour by managers and employees.'
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.'
The introductory post to a blog series by Oxfam’s ‘From Poverty to Power’ offering stories, projects and resources addressing blindspots in development work, and how to make power shifts happen. Features a special focus on other ways of telling stories and decolonising knowledge.
A short article outlining how oppositional consciousness can be thought of as a technology that marginalised leaders can develop and practice in order to create strategies to navigate and reconfigure power while resisting its dysfunctions.
Measurement framework that uses the 'CultureCounts' digital app to gather data. Commissioned by Western Australia’s then Department of Culture and the Arts, the work inspired the Arts Council England’s Quality Metric framework.
"CultureCounts allows for both the artists and peers to establish a pre-activity assessment then compare a post activity response that includes the public on exactly the same criteria."
Examples, and pros and cons, of different qualitative data collection methods, including observing data, focus groups, walking interviews and art-based evaluations. With practical guidelines for observing data, running focus groups, and coding key themes in survey responses.
Also includes evaluation templates, including an observation form, interview summary, a coding spreadsheet and a before and after coding template.
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.
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.
Links to tipsheets, tools and resources to use when analysing evaluation data.
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.'
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.'
Address by children's literature expert KT Horning on 'Reading and Evaluating Through a Diverse Lens' looking at ways of avoiding stereotyping and other issues when writing book reviews and evaluating books to recommend to children.
A short paper on how humanity’s ability to adapt to the #futureofwork can be shaped by young people and communities of colour. Building on POC’s existing resilience and hustle, it advocates for inclusion of their perspectives as co-researchers and co-experts.
A journal article outlining a process lead by the The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), comprising 34 tribally controlled colleges and universities, to develop an “Indigenous Framework for Evaluation” that synthesises Indigenous ways of knowing and Western evaluation practice.
Available via free download, this book examines imageries of migrants in European media. Produced out of ‘Remapping Europe, A Remix Project Highlighting the Migrant’s Perspective,’ it explores concepts, tools, and case studies to re-view, re-investigate and re-consider prevailing imageries of migrants.
Arts Council England (ACE) funded organisations in bands 1-3 are monitored against the Creative Case for Diversity, ACE’s initiative on diversity in arts, arts leadership and audiences. These monitoring prompts include appendices which outline the indicators used to monitor performance against the Creative Case for Diversity and the evidence used to establish the indicators gathered through the organisation’s activity, ACE’s contact with the organisation and its annual report.
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.
A comprehensive toolkit by a world-leading participatory grantmaking and capacity-building fund to support creative and practical thinking on resource mobilisation, particularly for girls, young women and trans youth. Can be used by organisations and individuals with different levels of skills and experience.
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.'
Recommended resources from Fractured Atlas.
Recommended Australian and overseas anti-racism resources from Sydney-based independent youth broadcaster FBi.
The Tate has published reviews of its collection by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff, offering insight into the artwork that goes beyond the white gaze.
"Brunias shows the lighter the skin, the freer you are. Darker skinned women of colour are still disproportionately affected by this today."
"In the painting, Europeans are the only ones seated on furniture."
Article on the cancelling of a $50,000 endowment for Australian musical theatre in 2020 amid criticism of the lack of racial diversity among the 30 semifinalists, including from the semifinalists themselves.
The semifinalists said "We fervently denounce the actions of the endowment, including but not limited to silencing POC and First Nations voices, misrepresenting us and our stance on the matter, and the lack of transparency that has occurred from within the endowment.”
Video of a talk by Sara Ahmed at Kaaitheater Brussels that approaches complaint of unfair, unjust or unequal working conditions as a form of diversity work, and the ordinary and often painstaking labour of trying to transform institutions so they are more accommodating.
Screen Australia's landmark report looks at diversity in 1961 main characters in 199 Australian TV dramas between 2011 and 2015. It found a disappointing disparity between representation and reality:
Non-Anglo Celtics On screen: 18%. In the community: 32%
Europeans On screen: 6%. In the community: 12%
Non-Europeans, eg from Asia, Africa, Middle East On screen: 7%. In the community: 17%
Indigenous Australians On screen: 5%. In the community: 3%
Survey of 200 of Australia’s leading arts and culture organisations measuring cultural and linguistic diversity (CALD) at the leadership level (39% of Australia's population is CALD).
'* Approximately half (51%) of the major cultural organisations had no CALD representation at the leadership level.
* Only 9% of the 1,980 leaders of our major cultural institutions are CALD Australians
* Non-CALD Australians are nine times more likely to occupy cultural leadership roles than CALD Australians'
An independent body launched in March 2020 working to achieve accurate representation of all sections of society across contemporary UK media. It focuses on six action areas, including conducting research, tracking industry progress on diversity policy and data, and sharing best practice and research. Based at the Birmingham City Institute of Media and English.
A short paper from “A Working Guide to the Landscape of Arts for Change,” it reveals a dynamic new third space in the US, where activists and artists create social interventions that can shift “small-c culture” and create public impact.
European Union project giving step-by-step guidance on how to report hate speech and racism online to social media platforms, media organisations and others.
'Spot Racism Online, the Practical Guide of the LIGHT ON Project, aims is to assist and encourage all Internet and social media users to end hate speech online, by providing information and suggestions on how to act against hate speech in an easy and safe manner. '
UK performers and creative practitioners union Equity publish diversity statements from partners of the Casting Working Group showing a commitment to cultural diversity, more inclusive casting practices and strength in numbers, as well as an example to others.
A syllabus prepared for white Americans as a response to the election of Donald Trump. Covers how white supremacy and systemic racism operate – including complicity, a history of #BlackLivesMatter, relevant organisations to support as well as various books and films.
Resources and links for anti-racism, self-reflection on racial identity and systems of oppression
Wiradjuri writer Tara June Winch talks about winning Australia's prestigious Miles Franklin literary award for her book The Yield.
"This is true, every historical violence was word for word. So the language is true, the history of the language was true, what colonisation did to that part of Australia is true. So there’s a lot of historical fact in it, that’s more my point of truth. You can learn a lot from it; I learned a lot from writing it.”
Documentation from the Tashweesh Festival at Beursschouwburg art centre, Brussels, that sought to give voice to feminist positions of the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. The festival included performances, debates, reading groups, film screenings and concerts, showcasing creative practitioners of decolonial feminism.
An article commenting on the representation of First Nations and People of Colour at the 2020 Academy Awards. Reflects on the significance and politics of Taika Waititi’s land acknowledgement, his award dedication to Indigenous Youth, and the success of Bong Joon Ho.
A selection of reading lists designed to promote diversity across curricula and offer perspectives from marginalised or excluded topics in mainstream academia. Includes blogs, books, novels, poems, and articles covering colonialism/ post-colonialism, race and ethnicity, music, philosophy, among others.
Nwonka argues that a 'culture of schemes' dominates diversity policy in UK arts that prioritises potential financial gains for arts organisations over social equity.
'First, it employs strategic language to conceal the pathological inequality and exclusionary labour processes at the sector’s heart. Second, through narratives like “diversity is good for business”, all political meaning is extracted from diversity, while redirecting the burden of change on to ethnic minorities themselves.'
An online guide designed to celebrate “Black women’s philanthropy,” and support the collective giving of Black women. Contextualises the American philanthropic context, offers definitions, shares tips for giving and other resources, outlines relevant issues and impact, and highlights inspirational leaders.
Ground-breaking article from the US in which Coates argues for reparations to be paid to the African American community for legalised discrimination and the systemic extraction of wealth from them, which he argues continued beyond the emancipation of slaves in 1865. He uses the example of housing policy to demonstrate the ways in which African Americans were denied access to wealth and resources.
A highly influential idea in the US, this outlines the characteristics described in Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, ChangeWork, 2001, which can be adopted by organisations, and act as invisible defaults. 'Antidotes' are also presented. The characteristics are:
Sense of Urgency
Quantity over Quality
Worship of the Written Word
Fear of Open Conflict
An American leader in disrupting racial and ethnic inequity by engaging organisations in issues of race, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Offer trainings, deep engagement and fellowship programs - The Nexus Fellowship and Seeding Disruption - through honest guidance and partnership.
A filmed talk and timelapsed graphic illustration of two events on political imagination leading up to the 2019 European Parliamentary Elections. One focused on the ‘identitarian’ narratives of the far-right in Europe, the other centred on a speculative fiction workshop on European futures.
A handout on US-based DS4SI’s “5 S methodology,” signifying Structure, System, Scale, Symbol and Sensation. It is shared as a first step towards designing effective social interventions by exploring and understanding the social, cultural and political terrain before beginning justice work.
David Pilgrim, founder of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University discusses the consequences of racial stereotyping and racist depictions, and the importance of openly discussing racist portrayals of the past and how they link to the present.
Review of reviews of US work American Dirt and Australian novelist Anna Krien's Act of Grace.
'The white standpoint of the writer, her appropriation of the stories and voices of non-white characters, have mostly gone unacknowledged in this literary reception.'
An article reflecting on the #OscarsSoWhite rewriting of the Hollywood film industry’s equity narrative, contrasted with its public identity crisis today; where the multicultural image it aspires to – eg. Oscars’ 2020 co-hosts, is undermined by the observable evidence – eg. 2020 nominees.
Subtitled 'Understanding How Nonprofit Board Diversity Affects Philanthropy, Leadership, and Board Engagement', this research goes beyond stats, and measures the impact of board diversity on an organisation. In particular, it meaures impact on organisational characterisitics, advocacy and fundraising.
Article about a study by Shutterstock that surveyed 1500 marketers in the UK, Australia and the US and found that mot felt it was important to select diverse images.
'a common theme was that marketers felt representing diversity and modern day society in advertising visuals was increasingly important.'
Review of The Lebs by Michael Mohammed Ahmad, looking at the issue of white bias.
'how much does it really matter that there are more of us from minorities telling our stories, when they will almost always be judged through a white gaze anyway? A gaze that remains unwilling if not unable to admit to its own biases and that continues to see us through a distorted lens, even as it holds steadfast to its own pretensions of objectivity, merit and ‘quality’?'
Resources section developed by The Opportunity Agenda, an American communication lab working to advance the impact of the social justice community. Covers how to shape narratives and messages, and ways for artists and culture makers to shift the public discourse.
A series of blog posts and updates from members of The Presidents’ Forum, a US-based peer-to-peer support and learning network facilitating dialogue for philanthropic CEOs dedicated to shifting toward a diversified, equitable, and inclusive giving community.
Briefing paper to the UK House of Commons outlining the Public Sector Equality Duty contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, which requires public authorities to have due regard to a number of equality considerations when exercising their functions. Discusses the role of Equity Impact Statements, the history of their use and their value in the courts.
A report examining the American philanthropic sector’s demographics focusing on representation of women and people of colour. Features datasets and survey findings from more than 1000 grantmakers. Highlights rates of change and provides a discussion guide for foundation leaders, board members and staff.
An American curriculum that examines four story types about race and racism: stock stories, concealed stories, resistance stories, and counter stories. Offers participants ways to reflect on the exclusion of certain voices, tell one’s own stories, and articulate visions for equity.
US theatre legend Audra McDonald speak on theatre, race and colour-blind casting.
'There are so few directors of color...a lot of the trouble would be solved if you had other people of color in the room saying, “Well, this is why you’re getting blowback right now,” or “Just open your mind to this,” or “Why are we not telling more of these people’s—our people’s—stories?” You have no one in the room thinking about that, because they can have the privilege to not have to think about that'.
One-page worksheet for developing a theory of change which identifies goals, risks and assumptions.
'Setting up a Theory of Change is like making a roadmap that outlines the steps by which you plan to achieve your goal. It helps you define whether your work is contributing towards achieving the impact you envision, and if there is another way that you need to consider as well.'
Creatives of colour discuss issues in the Australian screen industry.
Benjamin Law: 'On The Family Law, the team demonstrated that when gatekeepers make the excuse, “Oh, there aren’t enough actors of a certain background” – that’s bullshit. You just haven’t made the effort to find them. Yes, it’s harder than just calling up the same Caucasian faces that you already know. Taking the time is the only way you’re going to do it.'
An NPR interview with painter and sculptor, Titus Kaphar, whose work wrestles with America’s history of slavery and racism. Speaking to history's untold narratives and how to reveal unspoken truths, he asks, “Is there a way to amend our public sculptures?”
Australian research into the experiences of Indigenous people in the workplace and why there's a consistent lack of representation at leadership levels.
'A deeper understanding about what racism is and how race works is a good place to start. Non-Indigenous colleagues and managers must commit to anti-racist workplaces. This requires managers to act on reports of racism - the continued failure to do so makes them complicit in perpetuating white supremacy.'
Summary article and link to research on the effectiveness of the British Film Industry Diversity Standards, launched in 2016, which require funded productions to meet diversity criteria, by Dr Clive Nwonka, from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
'Britain’s black and ethnic minority population remain excluded from key areas of the industry, with BAME representation still mostly located in secondary roles rather than as lead characters or in key production roles.'
A look at the theory underpinning the concept of unconscious bias, which formed the basis of the Guardian's Bias in Britain series. It looks at whether unconscious bias is truly unconscious, and evidence that unconscious bias training can actually have a damaging effect on diversity and inclusion.
A short article that defines implicit bias, otherwise known as ‘implicit social cognition,’ outlining key characteristics, examples and barriers to opportunity. Features the ‘Bias Cleanse’ in partnership with MTV, a seven-day race and gender bias cleanse with daily tasks to de-bias oneself.
Analysis of the development of the concept of 'unconscious bias', and the shift of culpability for racism from institutions and structures into the unconscious.
Advice on how to choose among different types of graphics and charts when presenting evaluation data.
'Graphics can also tell a story, showing proportions, comparisons, trends, geographic and technical data and, in the case of photographs, putting a “human face” on a project.'
This toolkit provides guidance for developing values-based messages to inspire engagement, combat 'compassion fatigue', disrupt dominant narratives, and help shape public dialogue. Features big picture thinking for communications strategy, tips for and examples of tactics, and concrete messaging guidance in “opportunity flashcards” that link values with marketing strategies.
The “Voice, Agency and Integrity” Report compiles issues, direct experiences and potential solutions to entrenched barriers that were identified in key-note industry addresses and expert forums at a creative sector symposium in Australia. The report calls on the arts to:
'• make CALD artists and creatives more visible
• measure diversity to increase diversity
• take affirmative action
• create an enabling environment
• support the role of DARTS
• ‘Make our own door’.'
A reflection by a South African community development leader on finding her voice, and becoming more conscious of the power that lies in voice. Explores how engaging with and supporting authentic voices can shift the quality of conversation, human engagement and changemaking.
A roadmap for Western Australian screen producers encouraging action in the areas of storytelling, key talent, workforce and training opportunities.
'This Roadmap sets out a challenge for the industry in all its core practices – the creation of screen projects, events, activities or provision of services – to deliver against at least three out of four diversity targets.'
Short video explaining microagressions and what to do if you are subjected to them.
The article outlines how other industries have devised and successfully used inclusive recruitment techniques to promote cultural diversity within the workplace especially in leadership positions by exercising affirmative action.
A discussion of the work of a sensitivity reader, and the way it fits into the broader context of editing for accuracy.
'For example, I might explain that putting a space in ‘Chinese Australian’ and ‘trans man’ helps affirm those identities as part, not whole, of someone’s character, compared to ‘Chinese-Australian’ and ‘transman’. I might notice that the portrayal of a cultural activity is off: Australians talk about going ‘to the footy’ but not ‘to the ball game’.
Article outlining the pay the rent concept.
'Without a treaty, non-Indigenous people continue to live and meet on stolen land, and, in recognition of this, we ought to pay our rent. The money goes...preferably to the traditional owner group whose land we live or work on. First developed as a policy by the National Aboriginal and Islander Health Organisation (NAIHO) in Fitzroy in the 1970s, its devisers were clear: it is not charity – it is paying what is owed.'
Video on a group of people from different backgrounds undertaking the privilege walk exercise.
Article looking at calling in and calling out, the legitimacy of rage in the face of oppression and the role of power in call out culture. The article responds to an earlier viral article by Ahmad promoting call ins as an alternative to call outs.
'When we insist that all of these conversations must remain in the private sphere, we are insisting that accountability is always a private matter. The history of our movements very clearly shows the opposite is often the case.'
A look at the reparations debate in Britain:
'...politicians dismiss the significance of the slave trade without so much of a wave of the hand, or repeat the tired inaccuracy that it all happened far too long ago to worry about now. This despite the claims of Brexit supporters that the Commonwealth might play a major part in our international trade strategy after we leave the European Union.'
Article on white people in the US becoming aware of their racial identity for the first time.
'For a long time, many white people assumed it was our due, as the majority, to encounter various racial others and marvel at the exotic things they ate, built or wore. Now we can go online and find people of color doing the gawking, offering jokes and anthropological scrutiny about white people’s underseasoning food, mistreating potato salad or eschewing washcloths.'
Article exploring the cost to well-meaning white people of true racial equity, and whether they would are willing to pay it.
'Neither the sudden compulsion toward acts of kindness, nor a genuine concern for the experiences of people of color, constitute true allyship...Real allyship enacted by White Americans, with a clear objective to make equitable the lived experiences of individuals across racial lines, means a willingness to lose things.'
Launching in 2020, Whitebox is a planning system to assist organisations to choose which cultural activities will best fulfil their objectives. Whitebox captures data throughout the planning process to evaluate if the original objectives were met.
CDN offers a free Plan Doctor Service for organisations wishing to build their cultural development plan based on the CDN Framework. This includes email advice, over the phone advice, teleconference meetings, and requesting feedback on draft plans.
Hari Kunzru, Kamila Shamsie, Aminatta Forna and others on writing outside their experience.
Ask 'Did I find it easier to write about this because I filtered it through a white gaze and thus made it palatable for a largely white publishing industry? And most of all, and this bears repeating, don’t get defensive. Because you may be making a larger conversation about marginalised communities, and their ability to tell their own stories in their own voices, all about yourself.' ~ Nikesh Shukla
A survey conducted by the University of Chicago and the team behind ‘Sesame Street’ found that most parents don’t talk with their kids about aspects of social identity, such as race, class, gender and religion. This NPR episode looks at why parents can be scared to answer kids’ questions like ‘why is that person darker than me?’ or ‘why is that person wearing that hat?’.
A discussion of the benefits of using a sensitivity reader.
'This is an ethical question – perpetuating harmful stereotypes of any minority, whether they are LGBTQI+, Indigenous, disabled, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) or even simply women – can contribute to real-life suffering.'
This report reflects on four studies of not-for-profit executive leadership in 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2015 in America. It reveals minimal change in leadership demographics and dynamics, raising concern about whether the sector is intentional enough in aligning leadership aspirations with reality.
Writer, editor and manager of Sweatshop Western Sydney Literacy Movement Winnie Dunn spoke at the launch of Diversity Arts Australia's Voice, Agency & Integrity report.
'The problem is that the Australian Arts sector is dominated by a cultural perspective where excellence is synonymous with Whiteness. It is a deep systemic issue of racism. I mean, that’s how Chris Lilley got to make multiple TV shows in Blackface and Brownface.'
Flagged by Frances McDormand in her Oscar acceptance speech, an 'inclusion rider', or 'equity rider', is a clause in an actor's contract that insists upon a certain level of diversity in a film's cast and crew. The idea was first flagged by University of Southern California's Stacy Smith in 2016.
"Smith said A-list stars could use inclusion riders to ensure proper representation and inclusion of women, people of color, LGBT people and people with disabilities."