Diversity is More than Self-Awareness

John Bennett/ April 8, 2021/ Development, Teaching

“Knowledge is only power if knowledge is put to the struggle for power. Changing minds is not a movement. Critiquing racism is not activism. Changing minds is not activism. An activist produces power and policy change, not mental change. If a person has no record of power or policy change, then that person is not an activist.” Kendi, 2019, How to

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Terms for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Identity

John Bennett/ February 8, 2021/ Resources, Teaching

Diversity, equity, inclusion and justice are not new. The challenges of each have been present since (dare I say) the beginning of time. Thank goodness, that today there is a heightened awareness of the need to consciously, intentionally and proactively work to be inclusive, appreciate and leverage diversity, practice equity, and seek justice. Many social identities—e.g., race, gender, sexual orientation, religion,

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2021: A Call for Resilience

John Bennett/ January 5, 2021/ Change, Organization Development

Without a doubt, 2020 was the most challenging year for most of us. We witnessed a global health pandemic resulting in quarantines, hospitalizations, health resource shortages, deaths, record-speed development and deployment of vaccines, polarizing elections, racial injustices, economic highs and lows, unemployment rise, businesses shuttered, education systems pivoting to provide remote teaching and learning … I could go on, and

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What Would Charlie Seashore Say?

John Bennett/ November 24, 2020/ Events, Facilitation, Organization Development

Join me December 1, as part of Fielding University’s Giving Day December 1 is Fielding’s Giving Day. Brought to you by the Office of Development on behalf of Fielding and their students, are several events to share the impact of philanthropy on Fielding’s programs. The virtual events are designed for all members of the Fielding community. Everyone is welcome: students,

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Navigating Difficult Conversations Around the Table

John Bennett/ November 22, 2020/ Change, Development

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I remember with fondness the gatherings around my grandmother’s table for a home-cooked meal that expressed her love for us. I remember conversations and time spent together with extended family and friends. I’ve continued this tradition with my own family, and we often have 12-18 people join us for dinner and “fellowship”, as my father

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Networking at a Virtual Conference? Absolutely!

John Bennett/ September 21, 2020/ Development, Networking

At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, I wrote the blog 13 Tips to Build a Strong Network without comprehending how much of our future daily lives would involve physical distancing. Since then, approximately 200,000 people in the USA have died from the virus and nearly every person in the world has been impacted. While precautions have been implemented to reduce the spread of the virus by physically

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