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.'
This article outlines where unconscious bias shows up in the workplace and tips on how to work with it.
Article listing actions specifically for the Asian community.
'In doing DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) work, I’ve found it useful to actually name the detailed and insidious ways we all participate in oppressing each other.
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.'
Focusing on the South-Asian migrant community, Nautanki Theatre is a performing arts organisation based in Western Sydney aiming to create works truly representing contemporary Australia. It reaches more than 100,000 people every year through its programs.
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,
Produces theatrical works in partnership with major festivals and flagship companies. CAAP leads in developing, nurturing and championing Asian Australian artists to take their place on main stages nationally and internationally.
A policy template for nonprofits, including a discussion on how to tailor it to your organisation’s needs, who to consult with, what to include and how to implement it.
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.
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.'
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.
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'
The Australian Film Television and Radio School corporate plan sets a target of 25% CALD staff and 15% CALD student enrolments.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.'
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 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 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.
Second in a New York Times series on implicit bias, looking at how implicit bias works in selection situations and how some people are auditing their own implicit biases.
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.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Diversity and Inclusion Commissioning Guidelines – Screen Content” will require production companies to provide greater access and opportunity to under-represented people and perspectives – on and off screen – including gender diversity, Indigenous Australians, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, people living with a disability and the LGBTQI+ community.
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.
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.
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.'
Makes the case for the role of arts and culture in the process of equitable development and aargues that arts and culture can play a critical role in creating an equitable society, esepcially in the areas on housing, infrastructure, economic development, health, education and technology.
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 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.
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.
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.
US-based database of databases of listing talented people of colour, women, nonbinary people, and people with disability. Subject areas include writing and editing, photography, visual arts, music, science, politics, health and more.
A blog associated to the book "Decolonizing Wealth" by native American social justice philanthropy expert of the Lumbee Tribe. The book and blog series offer accessible and compelling alternatives to colonial dynamics in American philanthropy and social finance.
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.
Tools and resources from this organisation campaigning against racism, including tools for analysis, tools for action, links to resources and definitions of terms.
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.
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.
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.
The Diversity Baseline Survey, conducted in 2015 and 2019 by Lee & Low Books, shows the US book publishing industry remains overwhelming white (76%). However the process of tracking diversity has revealed there has been some improvement over the four years, in particular with more publishers taking part in diversity tracking and more effort to create a pipeline of diverse talent.
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.
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.
This Harvard Business Review article outlines the reasons why it's important to adopt an intersectional approach when working on workplace diversity, and offers practical tips on how to do this.
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.
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.
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.'
A toolkit created during a convention of arts leadership bodies and local artists in California's Eastern Coachella Valley, a community that is 98% Latino, with many monolingual Spanish speakers. Provides a framework for arts project design that makes participants, power and beneficiaries explicit.
An American assessment and action plan form template that can be used by individuals who want to identify where their organisation is on the Race Equity Cycle, and think through specific actions they can center race equity in their work.
Selected podcasts from the Ethical Storytelling community on inclusive, human-centered storytelling and marketing in not-for-profit work. Featuring filmmakers, photographers and writers on their failures and lessons; as well as NGO practitioners and clients’ reflections on best practices and wrestling with power dynamics.
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.
Exposing the Invisible promotes investigation as one of the most important forms of public engagement. This collaborative, self-learning kit makes investigative techniques and tools accessible to people and communities for collecting and verifying information, building evidence and understanding issues.
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.
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.
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.'
Designed for local US municipalities working with artists in general, this one-page checklist offers a good self-assessment on issues such as compromise, disruption to usual practices and equitable compensation.
"Use these questions to help gauge if you and your potential partner are ready to work together. Ask these early on in the process. '
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.
Dr Anita Heiss introduces the collection of 52 stories she edited in the book 'Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia' with contributions from Indigenous Australians across Australia.
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.
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."
Professor of media studies at the University of Virginia and Slate music critic Jack Hamilton interviewed on how rock and roll changed from an inter-racial expression to the soundtrack of whiteness.
‘Pat Boone covering Little Richard is probably the most egregious example of this. “But he was able to get his music played on radio stations that wouldn't play the black originators of that music and he was someone who almost objectively made much worse versions of that than the originals.”’
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.'
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.
One in a series of UNICEF Evaluation Working Papers that present strategic evaluation findings, lessons learned and innovative evaluation approaches and methodologies. Contextualises and defines Equity-focused Evaluations and outlines how to manage them, including comprehensive tools, templates and case studies.
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.
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.
A comprehensive infographic guide on how to host inclusive, multilingual meetings and events developed by a Quebec-based not-for-profit leading numerous projects on anti-oppression in community organisations.
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 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.'
In this article Kimberle Crenshaw explains and discusses intersectionality; the term she coined 28 years ago.
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.
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'
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).
A report by leading INGOs that investigates ‘civic spaces’ where people exercise their rights to expression and assembly, freedom of association, accessing information and actively participating in society. Offers international case studies and best practice for restoring human dignity and increasing civic space.
Equity have created the Casting Manifesto to ensure a successful and inclusive casting process for all in the UK creative industries.
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?'
A short article and video on ‘media-based organising’ by the renowned Detroit-based, international network Allied Media Projects. Outlines this community-based, collaborative process using media, art, or technology to address the roots of problems and advance holistic and creative justice solutions.
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 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.
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.'
A digital petition and training platform by Color Of Change, America’s largest online racial justice organisation dedicated to strengthening Black power. The platform provides access to tools and resources for leading change campaigns in your community.
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.'
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?'
Reaction to the announcement of a $150,000 grant for five emerging arts critics that went exclusively to white Australians.
'While the Herald is ready to acknowledge that the arts sector has a diversity problem and publishes suggestions on how to resolve the problem, it has no qualms about investing one hundred percent of its grant money from the Copyright Agency and the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas into exclusively developing the work of white Australian culture critics'
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.
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.
Designed for US municipal government and artist collaborations, this tool sets out questions to identify what each partner brings to the project, including convening power, knowledge power, decision-making power and financial power.
'Being good partners means striving for conditions in which power is shared, and addressing incidents of imbalance or misuse of power. It means examining situational power, for example that each partner has its own capacity, resources, relationships, or influence.'
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.
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.
Artform-specific guides looking at respecting other cultures, communication, consultation and consent, interpretation of cultural themes, attribution, copyright and other issues of cross-cultural collaboration in the arts.
While the guides focus on Indigenous Australian artists, these best practice principles can be applied to other cultural groups.
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.
Links to tipsheets, tools and resources to use when analysing evaluation data.
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.'
A toolkit for applying a racial equity lens to grant decisions, looking at the whole process including the diversifying the applicant pool, selection and training of panelists and communications with applicants.
"We must ask ourselves: Who submits applications? Who do we award? How do we train panel moderators, panelists, and facilitators? In what ways can we interrupt racial bias and contribute to systemic change?'
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.
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.”
Sample Racial Equity Plan from the US, including resources, accountability, budget and staff hour allocations.
The First Objective is:
1.0 Earmark resources for racial equity
1.1 Budget line item for racial equity staff and racial equity working group to implement racial equity action plan.
1.2 Earmark resources for professional development that would move the agency towards racial equity goals.
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%
A report for the ‘Equity Indices Research Project’ highlighting that existing metrics such as GDP do not address equity concerns. Offers context, a ‘belonging lens,’ equity indices case studies, and best practices towards a meta-index aligned with the Capabilities Approach to Human Development.
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.
Ten steps the organisation took to define its one-page Statement on Cultural Equity. Covers the journey from determining a need, creating task forces and reviewing other examples, right through to determining actions and benchmarking success.
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.
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.
A short article on how the global Thousand Currents’ communications team makes sure their storytelling differs from mainstream stories about “poor” peoples, fulfilling their responsibility to start conversations about how to build collective power rooted in equity and liberation.
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.
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
Review of the reviewers, and the dangers of a national art debate that remains 'largely segregated'. It begins with a look at the 2019 Whitney Biennal in the US.
'Several white reviewers faintly praised the show but argued that it wasn’t “radical” enough. In response, Simone Leigh, an artist featured in the Biennial, suggested that reviewers could not detect radicalism in her work because they were unfamiliar with the art, artists and themes she draws from, a criticism others echoed.'
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.
Art tours of UK galleries and museums that position works in the context of colonialism, imperialism and racism.
'we unravel the role colonialism played in shaping and funding a major national collection, looking at the broader material history of celebrated works: where the money comes from, the ways they’ve been displayed, and the ideological aesthetics at work. The history of British art is also the history of empire and genocide, written by collectors who traded in landscapes and lives.'
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.
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.'
The author of ‘White Negroes', Lauren Michele Jackson, speaks about the limitations of the anti-racist reading list.
She says that instead of reading for genre, syntax, lyric, metaphor 'all these things that we talk about when we talk about white writers writing literature, it reinforces the idea that black writers are just a means for white people to be better at being white people and it turns us all into magical negros.’
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’?'
A model ethical funding policy and practical checklist for NGOs that provides a process for determining whether to accept a donation of funds or other resources, and criteria to assess potential or perceived ethical concerns associated with prospective donations.
This blog introduces the “Shake the Foundations” network in the US, which provides peer-to-peer exchange for funders and movement partners aiming to move capital into community-based, democratic re-granting and investment vehicles that can support the economic power and self-determination of communities of colour.
A purchasable action manual that explores major concepts of power and presents methods for shifting power relations and enacting freedom. Aimed at change agents and leaders across all not-for-profit and business sectors wanting to understand, master, and shift power relations.
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.
'Because the arts scene is often based on unspoken rules, networking and gatekeeping, there are generally no channels for complaint if you are typecast or overlooked as “inexperienced” based on race.'
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.
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.
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.'
Strategies for people of colour to use to refocus discussion if a white speaker hijacks a conversation during a session on anti-racism.
'* Thanks for being so prepared to be open and share your experiences. What we also need to work on is moving away from centering white experience. That something that we should all do in our own time. What we want to focus on here is …”
* Say how you feel: “I’m tired. I deal with this every day. Please look after yourself. Bye”'
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.'
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’.
This blog post shares an open reflection on how the American philanthropic sector can think differently about who they’re funding, who their peers and partners are, and how they can be most useful as a funder, convener, connector, and general resource.
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.'
An 8-part video series from the US on how racism shows up in our lives across institutions and society: Wealth Gap, Employment, Housing Discrimination, Government Surveillance, Incarceration, Drug Arrests, Immigration Arrests, Infant Mortality.
Around 1 minute each.
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.'
The 2011 article in which Robin DiAngelo introduces her theory which became her best-selling book.
'White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium.'
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 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.