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ByJoanne Lockwood

Tolerance should not be taken to the extreme

We are starting to understand the negative impact social media is having on our lives – the ability of radical or extreme views to be shared without apparent consequence or restriction.

The impact that Facebook’s algorithms have in amplifying divisive content is better understood, and it has been known for a while that platforms such as Twitter allow people to hide with anonymity while promoting radical views that generate followers. Everyone can be an author, publisher and influencer from the comfort of their armchair, and we need to better understand who we can trust.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Clean the toxic tank ere adding new fish

I was at an RAF reunion on Saturday evening in London. Having all long since gone our separate ways to build families and careers, we were a mixed bunch from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities, but predominantly straight, white, and male.

When working in diversity and inclusion it is easy to fall into the echo chamber where everyone has similar thoughts and beliefs around building an equitable society and workplace. What struck me about this cohort at the reunion was the difference of views to my own.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

It’s true: you can’t be what you can’t see

Right now, we are in a world of talent shortage – we can see this every day when we talk about the NHS, HGV drivers,and the hospitality industry.

We are also facing a huge skills gap in tech talent. This is not just programmers and engineers, but also supportive roles in sales, support, marketing, recruiters and administration. There is constant debate around trying to tap into under-represented and marginalised communities which are typically not engaged in this sector – why? Now that is a question to ponder.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Diversity & Inclusion must go hand-in-hand for success

Time and again I am asked for all of the answers and to solve all the challenges facing organisations – that is, how to build and maintain a culture, and develop a diverse and inclusive workforce.

There is no magic bullet, no simple off-the-peg solution. It require some rolling up of the sleeves and hard work over a sustained period. Senior leadership and board members need to track this, just like any other metric in their business.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

We are making progress on gender equality, aren’t we?

We are in a time of fourth wave feminism, where we are focusing on the empowerment of women and striving for gender equality by addressing gender stereotypes and the marginalisation of women in society.

You would think that we would have made significant progress in the past 10 years. We are striving for greater representation in politics, and key roles in business. Yes, some progress is being made, but are we really making headway where it counts?

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SEE Change Happen: Transgender Awareness & Inclusion