Is it Time To Drop Belonging From the Diversity Conversation?

When I talk about the term belonging, generally I’m quite critical

Finally, I’ve found someone else doing the same!

But we don’t agree on everything

Get your pen and paper ready because we’re talking about if it’s now time to drop Belonging from the Diversity conversation

In today’s show we discuss several things including:

  • An unpopular opinion about a growing Inclusion trend
  • Brene Brown’s definition of Belonging
  • An alternative approach I rarely take and much more

Here’s some of what we discuss on the show:

Belonging is an increasingly important concept that is rarely well defined

the author does think that this a definition intended for our purposes for creating an inclusive workplace or at least treats it as if it is because they spend the rest of the article explaining why they think it’s inappropriate and should be dropped ”

 It’s useful to think about Belonging from the perspective of the individual and the organisation

“Belonging is about how a person feels and by using this term, we place the onus on individuals whereas inclusion places responsibility with the organisation, it goes further to say that responsibility lies with the leadership. I don’t think this is the case”

 It’s useful to think about Belonging in the context of Acceptance

“This is useful because it embraces the idea that we as individuals need to work on ourselves in order to accept ourselves consistent with what was in the article, but it also means that organisations have responsibilities to create environments where people are accepted for who they are”


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