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21 Inconvenient Truths About Power and Emotions

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One glaring omission in much diversity and inclusion (D&I) work today is the lack of attention to power dynamics.  Interculturalists are skilled at articulating cultural differences, but most miss the ways power inequities affect relationships and behavior.  Corporate D&I trainers sometimes allude to power differences, but rarely provide skill-building on […]

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The One Thing Missing From the Outcry Against Louis CK

The tsunami of truth-telling, justice -seeking women rolling over Hollywood is wide, deep and impartial. The men caught up in its powerful, long-denied currents, accused of sexual harassment and assault, range from the epically powerful (Weinstein) to the relatively unknown (Toback) and now to the beloved. Although sexual violence has touched #metoo, […]

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Dismissal of the Women’s March and #BLM Uncovers Why They’re Needed

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Mere days have passed since the historic global Women’s March, and one of the topics buzzing around social media is the discontent some non-participants felt about the event. One view is that the march was unnecessary because women have all the rights we need and the only thing stopping us […]

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Six Ideas Progressives Need to Get Clear in a Trump World

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This didn’t feel like an election. I’ve voted in elections and weathered their results, for better or worse, for 28 years. This felt more like a relationship breakup, or the death of a loved one. I’ve also weathered those – the shock, betrayal, grief, anger and disorientation. The waves of […]

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We’re Women, not Girls — Especially When We’re Super

Susana Rinderle

In an episode of CBS’s new show “Supergirl,” the title character — as her alter ego Kara Danvers — wonders aloud whether Supergirl is an anti-feminist moniker for the mysterious heroine. Her media mogul boss disagrees: “What do you think is so bad about girl? I’m a girl. So if […]

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We need a new understanding of loyalty to advance society

Susana Rinderle

Last month, there was a flurry of media attention on Matt Damon’s disrespectful response to Effie Brown’s input during “Project Greenlight”.  One of my colleagues in diversity and inclusion, a biracial White and African American woman, weighed in on her personal facebook page, calling Damon to task as she usually […]

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Breaking Binaries: How to Partner Better with Allies

Last month, I wrote about why allyship is essential to advance the common good and creation of a world that works better for everyone. I described how allyship has been key to progress and social movements and how all of us can, and should be, allies to movements we (as […]

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Anger: A Powerful Force for Empathy and Change

Among Good People dedicated to social justice, progressive causes and personal growth, there is often a high value placed on self-awareness and authentic expression.  Being fully present, having feelings and being transparent about one’s experience and perspective are encouraged – at least that’s the intent.  However, I often find that […]

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Insensitivity, Entitlement, and Guilt: What Gaining Privilege Taught Me About Privilege

One of the reasons we love hero stories is because we see ourselves as The Hero. We are The Good Guys, destroying evil and vanquishing our enemies, The Bad Guys.  But who are The Villains if we’re all heroes? We are.  We all are. Or we could be. There’s good […]

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