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New Guide published: embedding diversity and inclusion in Transition

For the past year, Catrina Pickering has been Transition Network’s diversity coordinator, contributing to all aspects of Transition Network's work with the objective of helping Transition Initiatives to better embed diversity and inclusion in their efforts.

The funding for Catrina's post recently came to an end, and her last piece of work was to distil her learnings and accumulated wisdom into a guide for embedding diversity and inclusion into your Transition Initiative or community project.

It's 25 pages, free and in pdf form - download it from the resources section or attached to this news item

Title: "7 Ingredients for a just, fair and inclusive Transition"

Contents

  1. Listening
  2. Meeting everyday needs
  3. Deepening inclusion
  4. Building bridges
  5. Celebration
  6. Exploring rank and privilege
  7. Embedding diversity

 

This booklet draws together the key insights, which we hope, as the Transition movement continues to grow and deepen, will become a cornerstone of the way we all work in our communities, tackling the biggest questions of our century.

Our deepest thanks to Cat for so clearly and accessibility laying out not just the challenges, but also the tools and resources that we can use to help us in this work.

 

Comments

Doly Garcia's picture

This is too generic to be of

This is too generic to be of much use to most people. I've spent all my life being a foreigner (my parents moved a lot when I was little) and I know a lot about what exclusion and unfairness is like from being at the wrong end of it. And I also know what acceptance and not being discriminated is like, that's why I chose Brighton to live. Everything was great until I got involved with the local Transition Initiative and the local greenies, and found that most have a deeply entrenched "us vs them" mentality, and no amount of talking about inclusion ever really changes that.

These would be my quick & dirty rules of thumb:

1. If you are talking, you aren't listening. If you don't ask questions, you aren't interested in listening. When you speak, own your opinions (don't get others to agree or disagree for you, or change the subject to disagree).

2. If you're working with somebody, always check they want and need (they're different). If you didn't, expect surprises. 

3. If you're working against somebody, you're working with them, it's just that it's happening in a hostile atmosphere.

4. A situation is fair when it still feels fair if the roles were reversed.

5. If you aren't seeing somebody at least every week, you don't really know them. Don't treat them as if you completely understand them. People are bound by time spent together and shared challenges. Don't expect the same from weak bonds as from strong bonds.

6. Rank is not settled by formal position, but by habit and personality. People who have always been put down will put themselves at the bottom, and won't be able to handle being at the top. The opposite is also true. It's always worthwhile unsettling those habits, but better to be gradual.

7. Decisions should be made by those affected by them. No more, and no less.