20 Actions for Reconciliation
20 actions from Reconciliation Movement Week 2021, which include action points and links to improve, enrich, and act as a reference point and resource for your organisational culture.
20 actions from Reconciliation Movement Week 2021, which include action points and links to improve, enrich, and act as a reference point and resource for your organisational culture.
Jodi-Ann Burey shares her experiences in a toxic workplace, defines the issues, and provides an invaluable list of how you can individualy enact personal change in your career and working experience in the context of racist treatment.
An article looking at the importance of considering intersectionality in diversity and inclusion efforts, and the negative impacts of not doing so.
Organisations everywhere are discussing how to uproot systemic racism from the workplace. Where should you start? This article from the World Economic Forum offers up 7 practical steps for building a more diverse and inclusive organisation.
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.
An article around a survey from Victoria University, detailing the experiences of people who have experienced racism and haven't reported it. And as a call to action have set up an Australian-first, local anti-racism network.
A diversity plan from Australia's national broadcaster. It outlines out their diversity and inclusion vision, their strategic goals and the steps they adhere to take to realise this vision.
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.
An article that argues for developing a practice of considering every business decision in light of its racist or anti-racist impact, and how this might contribute to organisational culture. It features action points to follow, and links to further articles and campaigns.
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).
Artsource define their mission to generate and set diversity and inclusion as one of their four core values as an organisation.
The Australian Research Council's tangible plan to meet their commitment of ensuring employees are working in a safe and harmonious atmosphere. It details current legislation around diversity and inclusion, and three strategies to achieve their goal.
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 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.
Co-Directors of Aphids & Aphids discuss collaboration tools including explicit conversations around crediting, project expectations and the environments where the collaboration will take place (do you you meet in a cafe or a bar or the park?). Daily check-ins on the workloads and responsibilities of each collaborator, such as childcare responsibilities and energy levels are recommended, as well as allowing transparent access to administrative documents, and information on scheduling and budgets.
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.
What to ask when measuring cultural diversity in your organisation. Cultural diversity means having a mix of people from different cultural backgrounds – it can include differences in cultural/ethnic identity (how we identify ourselves and how others identify us), language, country of birth, religion, heritage/ancestry, national origin, and/or race, colour. Use this infographic as a starter guide when leading an 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.
A report with case studies from Def Jam, Raising Films and NBC Universal. It recommends adopting a policy framework of the 'five As': Ambition, Allyship, Accessibility, Adaptability, and Accountability, as a continuum for ongoing appraisal and change.
The report can be used as a handbook for cultural and creative workers frustrated at the pace of change, and has potential application for other sectors, including higher education.
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.
FECCA's guide to help organisations and individuals improve cultural competence and cultural safety, taking into account the varying needs of different groups that arise from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and exploring the landscape of training programs that can develop better systems, policies and processes in the workplace.
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.
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.
Canadian NFP organisation CommunityWise provides a useful toolkit on enacting deeper change in creating an anti-racist culture within your organisation by laying the correct foundations.
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.
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.
This toolkit is a practical guide for improving the experiences of POC (people of colour) audiences, staff and filmmakers – and other intersections including gender, sexuality, disability, income and class — to create lasting change for future generations and sustain your organisation in a meaningful way.
The Asia Pacific Screen Awards hosts a Change Maker discussion, tabling case studies of organisations that apply community based models to inclusion as we work towards celebrating a more diverse future in the screen industry and beyond.
A UK TV and radio broadcast standards agency, Ofcom present their report for 2020 with key findings on the diversity of the broadcasters they regulate, including the UK’s major eight TV and radio organisations. Ofcom chart the huge impact of Covid-19 and 2020’s anti-racism protests on those broadcasters’ approach to increasing workforce diversity in the future, and outline how they as an organisation will support the industry to become more diverse.
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.
This resource has a directory for refugee employment in Australia. It also has articles and video guides about employing refugees and people seeking asylum.
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 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.
Pay audits alone are not enough to reduce pay gaps; merit pay increases, starting salaries and bonus structures must all be adjusted too.
Video of a talk and discussion with educator and writer Gloria Wekker at Kaaitheater Brussels on the paradox of former colonising countries: racial aggression amidst the denial of racism. Presents ‘white innocence,’ cultural archive, and intersectional feminism concepts, referencing contemporary examples.
Structural racism is not something that a few people or institutions choose to practice. Instead it has been part of the social, economic, and political systems in which we all exist. This glossary describes terms related to structural racism and terms used to promote racial equity analysis.
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.
An interview with the director of 'Ends of Worlds,' a science-fiction dance production presented at Kaaitheater Brussels on how “we are longer part of one interpretable world.” Explores Vandevelde’s approach to the contemporary impasse of trying to create universality through difference.
A direct article which addresses the impacts of theMe Too movement,Black Lives Matter, the Harvey Weinstein scandal and other major events, and takes you straight to how to develop a healthy company culture, and bring diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Interview with Goenpul author Aileen Moreton-Robinson on the re-release of her book that critiques feminist constructions of Aboriginal women and Aboriginal women's constructions of white feminism. The new edition looks at her book's initial reception. The reviews were “playing chicken at the intersection … [their] understanding of how power works limited to subjective and individual choices about being ‘good’ or ‘bad’.”
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.
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?'
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 comprehensive glossary of terms and phrases used in the diversity, equity and inclusion space, from an American group.
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.
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 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.
“For every dollar earned by men, black women earn 63 cents, and 17% less than white women”
This article discusses how the gender pay gap hits women of color hardest.
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.
This training document aims to enable small and medium enterprises to better understand cultural diversity and how to manage it effectively to improve workplace relationships, teamwork, productivity, market knowledge, community relationships, customer service and competitiveness.
Paper by the lawyer and scholar who introduced the theory of intersectionality, which describes the way overlapping identities relate to systemic structures of oppression, in this case gender and race and their affect on violence against women of colour.
'Because of their intersectional identity as both women and people of color within discourses that are shaped to respond to one or the other, the interests and experiences of women of color are frequently marginalized within both.'
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.
Video of a talk by Finnish-Nigerian author Minna Salami at Kaiitheater Brussels, discussing her book ‘Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone.’ Renowned for her blog, ‘MsAfropolitan,’ that combines feminism with critical reflections on contemporary culture from an African perspective.
A two-part report that aims to reform the way people talk about race and racism in the USA. Outlines impediments to productive racial discourse, lessons from barrier-breaking interventions, considerations for selecting spokespersons and recommendations for framing expertise, skills-building and collaboration.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
This action list, based on BFI and BAFTA’s original Guidance and Principles, provides some simple achievable actions you can take in order to proactively tackle bullying and harassment in your workplace. The aim is to create a workplace culture where everyone understands that reports of such behaviour will be taken seriously and investigated appropriately.
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.
The Racial Equity Tools Glossary defines a wide range of terms used in work to achieve racial equity and racial justice at every level, including board and senior management in systems, organisations and communities.
A comprehensive glossary of diversity, equity and inclusion terms and phrases from an Australian group.
A tool that provides effective strategies to intervene in ways that expand and empower collective work for racial equity in arts organisations, including sections on how to make your grant panel, application forms, recruitment process and board more racially diverse. It also includes a concise glossary of terms.
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 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.
EW Group’s Luke Robinson, sits down with Safina Nadeem and Yvonne Howard to look back on 2020 from the perspective of Covid-19 and anti-racism. They explore the changes to the world of work, with training going online, and the positive actions organisations are making in response to Black Lives Matter. Find out what organisations can do year-round to create a truly inclusive and anti-racist work culture for their Black, Asian and minority ethnic employees, customers, and stakeholders.
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.
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.
A report which found that Australia currently lacks the data required to measure the impact of intersectionality on pay - a very important measure. It also covers the impacts of gender discrimination, care responsibilities and occupational segregation on the nation's gender pay gap.
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.
Comprehensive toolkit for all arts employers, with case studies, guidance and recommendations for best practice in advancing socio-economic diversity and social equality. Informed by learning from the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme which worked with 110 arts organisations for over a decade, and significant research produced by the Bridge Group.
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.
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.
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.
A broad set of recommendations for film industry professionals. Includes sector-based guidance, solutions, examples of production companies and studios; agencies; festivals; film and drama schools.
An article with 8 proactive points and follow up advice around leadership — and actioning diversity and inclusion to turn aspirations into reality. While most business leaders now believe having a diverse and inclusive culture is critical to performance, they don't always know how to achieve that goal.
Podcast: A live panel discussion with Beverley Wang, Paola Balla, Santilla Chingaipe and Benjamin Law on the double-edged sword of standing in for 'diversity' and where they would like to see the conversation progress.
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.
A global online space to resource people in “healing solidarity.” Originally designed to further conversations emerging from the 2018 Healing Solidarity Conference, it’s a place to support one another through challenges, try new change-making approaches and create cultures of collective care.
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.
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.
An independent report commissioned by the UK Government in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests. The Commission puts forward 24 recommendations to improve the experiences of individuals and communities across the UK. The conclusions of this controversial report have drawn criticism from many quarters, including the United Nations and British historian David Olusoga.
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.
Fascinating and detailed report using representation data covering the theatre professions (including writers) in NYC. It covers representation of all cultural groups and includes numerous charts visualising the data.
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 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.
A modular toolkit for designing, strategising for and evaluating impact in social change. Designed for documentary or journalist video-makers, and nonprofit organisations that want to / are using video to engage their communities. Focuses on short form video, specifically for low budgets.
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.
Useful infographic which guides your organisation through what to ask in order to create cultural diversity in your workplace.
Women in Film and Television Australia provide a statement of intent and supplies a list of resources to encourage research, learning and understanding around anti-racist issues in the wake of of #blacklivesmatter, #aboriginallivesmatter and #sayhername.
The Workplace Cultural Diversity Tool is designed for internal use by organisations to measure their progress towards good practice in cultural diversity. The toolkit lets you do a guided assessment, which then produces a confidential report that will reveal your organisation’s results in each category. The report will include fields where you can comment, add, and action items.