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Book review: Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them

Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. ThemDeep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them by Shakil Choudhury
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Everyone, and I mean everyone, needs to read this book. Assuming everyone wants to live a life full of rewarding and healthy relationships with everyone they meet.  The author makes a convincing case for changing ourselves to spark systemic change. He shows how searching our own attitudes and assumptions helps us see systemic biases. Biases that disadvantage ourselves and others. He provides specific exercises and action each of us can take to do two things. He believes we can overcome our innate negative bias. He believes we can teach ourselves to welcome the differences in others. The differences that enrich us and our communities.

One of the most striking points Choudhury makes is the following:

” In the Deep Diversity framework, personal power and the potential for change it represents can serve as a catalyst for system-wide change. There is always a dialogue, a creative tension, between recognizing the influence of institutions on the individual and of the individual on the system. The trick is holding this tension and not getting caught in the either/or polarity. This is the balance point, both emotionally and intellectually.”

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Charlotte Church Slams the Music Industry

There’s a breath of fresh air in the furor over the hyper-sexualized behaviour of Miley Cyrus and other young women performers. Here’s a former British teen star’s response to the industry that required her to behave that way. Heard the audio clip from Charlotte Church in her BBC John Peel Lecture on CBC Radio’s As It Happens the other night.

Former British teen star Charlotte Church

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Sisters and Colleagues

The Sisters project has contributions that pertain to all aspects of life. Aspects from home to office and everywhere in between. Several of my very successful colleagues who were “sisters” taught me, by example, the value of this important lesson.

Colleagues standing in a circle

photo by Master isolated images/freedigitalphotos.net

So many people ignore those in their company whom they assume are unimportant to business success. Now, you probably don’t ignore anyone where you work. You probably know everyone in the building by name and all about their families and hobbies. But many front line workers seem

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