Growing Racial Equity: Finding Our Way to Action

Diversity and Inclusion

It’s exciting to see Design Thinking work in navigating a path to social change.

A journey where listening has led to empathy and understanding, of myriad solution ideas. We are finding our way to action.

Our global designathon for Growing Racial Equity in the Agile Community for Black Lives left us again hopeful. It has been a wonderful journey so far. We began with empathy – with empathy remaining at the heart of every interaction. This was shown through the sincere desire to build upon complex problems with inclusion.

Groups formed around the complex problem for which they had the most energy. Some topics did not continue and that was okay. In their groups, after refining the problem – people aimed to set aside their own desires and moved to be open to all solutions in the group. They invested time brainstorming possible solutions collaboratively and together identified one to pursue further. Some went further and started prototyping their chosen solution.

Growing Racial Equity - Finding Our Way to Action
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We were both inspired and energized by the wealth of ideas, the thoughtfulness, the innovative thinking, and the willingness to address the difficult topics that arose. The humility of the attendees, the openness to recognizing the part that they themselves may play in limiting equity, and the desire to take action and effect change were in itself humbling.

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The community established a space for everyone of all backgrounds to be curious, to share, to hear, and to be heard. And, those people have developed new relationships and that has shown through collaborations to actively pursue positive change in our community. We look forward to seeing how these grow and flourish to produce meaningful outcomes in our future sessions and beyond.

We will continue the global designathon Friday, August 14th. Register to join us.


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