Translating Diversity with Cultural Agility.

Our definitions of Cultural Agility: “Every encounter is a cultural encounter requiring reflection and understanding of the nuances and complexities that make up every individual. Translating Diversity with Cultural Agility ™ means to effectively engage and interact with a multitude of factors across cultures, faiths and other dimensions of diversity. Only then will you reach the full potential for bridge-building and business-making that leads to success." Luby Ismail, Connecting Cultures "Each person’s culture and cultural awareness is based upon the amount of time they’ve spent on the planet, where they’ve lived, and traveled – and what they’ve experienced, during that time. Traditional Diversity and Inclusion and Cultural Competency models are wonderful tools, and indeed they are the building blocks we all depend on. Translating Diversity with Cultural Agility ™ builds upon this essential foundation by responding to the continually changing technological, urban and global landscapes. Like a mosaic with different colors, stones and patterns, each of us brings a nuanced range of experiences, identities and needs to the workplace. Translating Diversity with Cultural Agility ™ practices allow the multi-dimensional aspects of ourselves fuller expression in our modern workplaces. " Tasnim McCormick Benhalim, DiversityWealth

Mission: Intentions are often lofty - but perceptions create our lived realities. A candid look at our abilities to interact across cultures and perspectives. Looking to find those bringing their whole selves to the messy, awkward - sometimes noble - absolutely imperative, work of building equity and inclusion in our modern world.


Yo-Yo Ma's Bach video is the most beautiful thing we've ever seen

We are connected......

classicfm.com In this gorgeous video, the famous cellist is seen on top of a city building playing the Prelude from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 – but the video has a powerful message


Quote Card | Brené Brown

As many of you know, last June I completed a 3-day workshop with Brené Brown to become a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator (CDTLF).
Conducting workshops. Leading. Listening. Learning.
This quote opens some courage up for me.
How are the lanes balancing on both sides of the equation:
giving receiving?

brenebrown.com Until we can receive with an open heart, we are never really giving with an open heart. When we attach judgment to receiving help, we knowingly or unknowingly attach judgment to giving help.


Doubling Down on Love | Brené Brown

Re-read this. Wanted to post before the year closes out. Yes, and yes.

brenebrown.com I’ve been offline and in struggle since the shootings in El Paso and Dayton. At first I thought it was a combination of physical and spiritual exhaustion, or maybe low grade cultural despair with a side of burnout. I tried to combat the strange sense of emptiness with more work and more grind.


Google celebrates legendary Cherokee woodcarver Amanda Crowe in latest Doodle

Love the legacy here of generosity, patience, spirit to grow.

newsweek.com Crowe was a prolific artist known for her expressive animal figures.

Barack Obama

It's been too long since we posted here. Food, after long fast...

I’m often asked what I’m reading, watching, and listening to, so I thought I might share a short list from time to time. There’s so much good writing and art and variety of thought out there these days that this is by no means comprehensive – like many of you, I’ll miss “The Americans” – but here’s what I’ve been reading lately. It’s admittedly a slightly heavier list than what I’ll be reading over the summer:

Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging, by Alex Wagner
I once wrote a book on my own search for identity, so I was curious to see what Alex, daughter of a Burmese mother and Iowan Irish-Catholic father – and a friend of mine – discovered during her own. What she came up with is a thoughtful, beautiful meditation on what makes us who we are – the search for harmony between our own individual identities and the values and ideals that bind us together as Americans.

The New Geography of Jobs, by Enrico Moretti
It’s six years old now, but still a timely and smart discussion of how different cities and regions have made a changing economy work for them – and how policymakers can learn from that to lift the circumstances of working Americans everywhere.

Why Liberalism Failed, by Patrick Deneen
In a time of growing inequality, accelerating change, and increasing disillusionment with the liberal democratic order we’ve known for the past few centuries, I found this book thought-provoking. I don’t agree with most of the author’s conclusions, but the book offers cogent insights into the loss of meaning and community that many in the West feel, issues that liberal democracies ignore at their own peril.

“The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy,” by Matthew Stewart, The Atlantic
Another thought-provoking analysis, this one about how economic inequality in America isn’t just growing, but self-reinforcing – and what that means for education, health, happiness, even the strength of our democracy.

In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History, by Mitch Landrieu
A few years ago, I eulogized the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who was slain by a white supremacist in his church in Charleston, South Carolina. And I’ll never forget something Clem said while he was alive: “Across the South, we have a deep appreciation of history. We haven’t always had a deep appreciation of each other’s history.” That’s something Mitch takes to heart in this book, while grappling with some of the most painful parts of our history and how they still live in the present. It’s an ultimately optimistic take from someone who believes the South will rise again not by reasserting the past, but by transcending it.

“Truth Decay: An Initial Exploration of the Diminishing Role of Facts and Analysis in American Public Life,” by Jennifer Kavanagh and Michael D. Rich, RAND Corporation
The title is self-explanatory, but the findings are very interesting. A look at how a selective sorting of facts and evidence isn’t just dishonest, but self-defeating to a society that has always worked best when reasoned debate and practical problem-solving thrive.


Read Oprah Winfrey's full Golden Globes speech

nbcnews.com Oprah Winfrey got a standing ovation for her acceptance speech after receiving the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes.


Nixon was right about women


cnn.com When he designated Women's Equality Day in 1973, Nixon noted that "much remains to be done," writes Stephanie Coontz. Despite advances since then, recent shifts on reproductive rights and social attitudes show he remains correct.


Could A Pair Of Panties Help Change The World?

Cultural Agility - and beauty all around.

fastcoexist.com Menstruating girls skip school, leading to high dropout rates. But what if all they need is better supplies?


8 Habits of People Who Always Have Great Ideas

What do we miss - in ourselves / others? Magic in the mix....

fastcompany.com Aha moments aren't magic, they come to people who have cultivated daily habits of approaching life differently.


Trauma Workers Find Solace In A Pause That Honors Life After A Death

... "It empowers each individual to offer support without imposing beliefs on others. It is both communal and individual, and it allows for secular, religious, and humanistic perspectives. It is simplicity infused with complexity. " - Jonathan Bartels

npr.org Sometimes, no matter how hard an emergency team works to save a life, the patient dies. A nurse finds that pausing after the frenzy to honor the loss helps him and others cope — and avoid burnout.


Deloitte removes education from application process to avoid 'unconscious bias'

Interesting change in recruitment practices.

recruitmentgrapevine.com A company has changed its application process so that recruiters are unaware of where candidates went to study...


How Hiding Your True Self At Work Can Hurt Your Career

How safe do you feel bringing your fuller self to work?

fastcompany.com The majority of employees cover up parts of their identity at workand it impacts both their careers and their companies.


The Echoes Of Ahmed Mohamed's Clock In Muslim History


forbes.com Among the technologies that emerged from all of this scholarship in the Muslim world is a series of remarkable clocks.


Why Latinos — and Other Americans — Are Fearful of Donald Trump's Crazy Talk

"There are real issues to be discussed–including illegal immigration–but they are crushed by Trumpery....So this really isn’t much fun. I’m with mi hija latina: Tengo miedo también. I’m scared of Trump too."


time.com His coarse talk is empowering his supporters to speak their minds


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Kim Davis Is Not a Patriot

"...the most important ideals that are the foundation of the country: to not establish a state religion by letting government actions be determined by one religion."

time.com People who don't agree with constitutional rights shouldn't have government jobs


Taylor Swift Is Dreaming Of A Very White Africa

Important, succinct commentary -

npr.org The video for her new song, "Wildest Dreams," conjures up a colonial-era Africa of magnificent landscapes, beautiful animals — and virtually no black Africans.


Can we say ‘all lives matter’ and mean it?

dallasnews.com The Dallas Police Department hopes body cameras will help restore public trust in police officers. Both sides need it.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Cornrows and Cultural Appropriation

"Whether we call it cultural appropriation, assimilation, exploitation, homage, plundering or honoring, it will continue to happen unabated or affected by complaints and protests." - Thoughts?

time.com There’s a difference between honoring a culture and stealing from it


The No. 1 Predictor Of Career Success According To Network Science

Diverse networks, inputs, thought groups....

forbes.com It has been over three years since Steve Jobs died. Since then, books have been written and movies have been made. Each has celebrated his legacy and aimed to share the secrets he used to build the largest company in the world; things like attention to detail, attracting world-class talent and holdi…


Human Media: Room to Read

Literacy, access and the creation of first language books. 5 min. intro: http://www.humanmedia.org/catalog/excerpts/150_room_to_read.mp3

humanmedia.org After John Wood trekked through Nepal and saw under-educated children, he quit his job as a Microsoft executive and founded Room to Read, a nonprofit that has now established more than 9,000 libraries aimed at spreading literacy in developing nations worldwide. Public radio program about inspiring p…

"Good things don't come to those who wait... They come to those who agitate."

We are deeply saddened at the passing of long time activist, professor, politician, and writer Julian Bond at the age of 75. Bond was a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He was the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center; was elected to four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives (although initially not seated due to his endorsement of SNCC's anti-war position) and later to six terms in the Georgia Senate; from 1998 to 2010, he was chairperson of the NAACP. Bond served as a distinguished professor in residence at American University and also is a faculty member in the history department at the University of Virginia. Learn about the life and work of Julian Bond from the One Person, One Vote Project: http://onevotesncc.org/profile/julian-bond/ See an interview with Bond about the FBI called "Their Goal Was to Crush Dissent" on the website "Tracked in America": http://www.trackedinamerica.org/timeline/civil_rights/bond/ Bond is the author of Vietnam: An Anti-War Comic Book: http://zinnedproject.org/posts/10363
Throughout the day we will add photos and stories.
Photo by Harvey Richards, Mississippi, 1963 (c) Paul Richards.


Instagram Photographers to Follow in All 50 States

Aren't we beautiful!

time.com One for every state from Alabama to Wisconsin, Florida to Alaska, Maine to California


Listening to shame

Shame and vulnerability -

ted.com Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.


When The 'Heritage' In 'Heritage Not Hate' Is More Skynyrd Than Stonewall Jackson

A good read: ".....we're probably doomed to keep talking past each other until we find a way to at least acknowledge that messiness.” - in our discourse with one another.

npr.org There's no handbook for what to do with cherished personal memories that are all wrapped up in racist icons — like the Confederate flag and the name of Washington's football team.


Sexist Reactions To An Ad Spark #ILookLikeAnEngineer Campaign

npr.org After being surprised by online responses to her appearance in a recruiting ad, engineer Isis Wenger wanted to see if anyone else felt like they didn't fit a "cookie-cutter mold."


SC Rep. Joseph Neal Breaks Through Empty Talk


SC Rep. Joseph Neal from Richmond County shares a different perspective on the Confederate Battle Flag.


South Carolina State Rep. Jenny Horne on Removing Confederate Flag (C-SPAN)


"I’m sorry. I have heard enough about heritage. I have a heritage. I am a lifelong South Carolinian. I am a descendant of Jefferson Davis, okay, but that doe...


Native American artist brings 900 horses back to life in Spokane | Al Jazeera America

america.aljazeera.com Horses slaughtered by U.S. Army to break spirit of Washington territory tribes now commemorated in mural


CBF participants want more than talk about racial reconciliation

"Let Justice Roll Down: Learning from the African-American Experience"

baptiststandard.com The time for merely praying about racial injustice is past, a roomful of participants at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship general assembly agreed. They called for action.


Read Jon Stewart’s blistering monologue about race, terrorism and gun violence after Charleston...

Jon Stewart on point - Emmanual Church - South Carolina

washingtonpost.com The departing 'Daily Show' host was in no mood for jokes after Wednesday's tragedy.


Shooters of color are called ‘terrorists’ and ‘thugs.’ Why are white shooters called ‘mentally ill’?

How does color drive our narrative?

wapo.st This racist media narrative around mass violence falls apart with the Charleston church shooting.


AUDIO: Slain Charleston Reverend Preaches About America & Freedom

“America is about freedom, equality and the pursuit of happiness," he told churchgoers in 2013. "And that’s what church is all about."

thetakeaway.org “America is about freedom, equality and the pursuit of happiness," he told churchgoers in 2013. "And that’s what church is all about."


Iraq's Artists Defy Extremists With Bows, Brushes And A Low Profile

Speaking with music...

npr.org The musicians and artists of Baghdad work under a government that prefers religious festivals to classical concerts. But with a little cunning, they're finding ways to keep the arts alive.


Bury This Book In The Ground And It Will Magically Come Back As A Tree

fastcoexist.com This children's book not only teaches about ecology, it practices it.



kickstarter.com Co-create a phenomenal artwork to transform the EIFFEL TOWER into a virtual 3D forest and reforest the planet! ACT WITH ART

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