Whether we are delivering our transformative learning experience or working with you in our consultancy capacity we are fearless and unapologetic in our analysis of the root causes of inequities. It’s why we work with daring companies.
This focus on the ways systems of inequities produce unequal and harmful outcomes for marginalised groups, can be uncomfortable for some. Many organisations prefer to avoid this – whether in their choice of training or in their analysis of how their policies and processes perpetuate these outcomes. It’s why so much effort that goes into ‘inclusion’ often fails.
The process of transformation means we cannot side step discomfort, we must move through it. We cannot engage in courageous analysis and actions within our companies without understanding the realities of what inequity really is, who we are and what our own relationship with the perpetuation of inequity may be – even when our intentions are good. Pedagogically, in our training, we also understand moments of cognitive discomfort to be some of the richest learning experiences.
Our approach is rooted in precise, technical and robust understandings of inequities and oppression: where they come from, how they show up in and shape organisations, and crucially how we can recalibrate and design inclusion and equity into the fabric of workplace ecosystems, both for people, policy and product.
The analytical framework that seeks to problem-solve at the intersection is called ‘intersectionality’, a term coined by Black feminist and legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989, though theorised for centuries before her. This collective theorising centres Black women. Crenshaw and other Black feminists’ gift has been that this framework is now used across inequities. In our work, we use this analytical framework as we explore sexism, racisms, colonialism, Islamophobia, cissexism, heterosexism, disablism, antisemitism and classism. Our clients consistently find this commitment in our approach important, because it is rooted in recognisable social realities that honour the ways inequities overlap to produce particularistic outcomes for those who live at the intersections.
Whether in our training or consultancy, we centre this analysis and provide our clients with ways to incorporate this into their personal practice through training or into analyses that shapes policy, process and product re-design in service of equity.