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Inclusive communication

Between worlds: Searching for belonging in the spaces between

Seventeen years ago, I embarked on a journey that not only changed my location but also transformed my understanding of home and belonging. Moving from the Philippines to the Netherlands, I found myself constantly navigating the space between my birth country and my new home, a space filled with both challenges and discoveries.

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Inclusive communication

Inclusion works for mental well-being

May, recognized globally as Mental Health Awareness Month, presents an invaluable opportunity for leaders and communicators to reflect on the critical role of inclusive communication in promoting mental well-being within organizations. Inclusive communication goes beyond mere words; it’s about creating a culture that values openness, respect, and understanding, especially pertinent when discussing mental health.

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Sustainability communication

Nudging our way towards anti-plastic behaviour

The urgency to reduce plastic waste has never been more pronounced. Here in the Netherlands, consumers are charged for plastic containers since July 2023, an approach intended to curb our reliance on disposable plastics. However, this strategy primarily shifts the responsibility to consumers, while the role of restaurants in this equation often remains unchanged. So I thought, while enjoying today’s takeout, how can we nudge our way out of the “plastic tax” more sustainably?

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Inclusive communication

A word on AltText

Accessibility 101: What is Alt Text and how do you add it properly? I’ve been seeing a lot of Alt Text written before and not embedded in an image in many LinkedIn posts. So I reviewed my understanding of Alt Text. Read more for some the basics.

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Inclusive communication

It’s Int’l Women’s Day and we’re fighting about hashtags

There’s been some debate on the celebration of Int’l Women’s Day and proper hashtags/themes. Araneta Center in the Philippines (where I’ve been the last couple of weeks which is why I wasn’t so active here) celebrated it by putting the spotlight on art created by women. Diversity in hashtags proves that there are more voices on the table and real inclusion is about welcoming them all. The more voices we include, the faster we achieve hashtag #genderequality.

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Inclusive communication

How to audit for inclusive language

Conducting an inclusive language and communication audit is a critical step towards fostering social justice within an organization or community. This audit assesses the language and communication strategies used by an organization to ensure they are inclusive and accessible to all individuals, regardless of their background, identity, or abilities.

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Inclusive communication

How to develop a baseline measurement for your BDEI project

A robust BDEI strategy begins not with broad assumptions, but with a detailed understanding of the current organizational climate. This understanding is best achieved through a well-crafted questionnaire designed to establish a clear baseline from which progress can be measured.

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Inclusive communication

McKinsey reveals stronger business case for DEI

In McKinsey’s latest report on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), “Diversity Matters Even More”, the consultancy firm highlights that the business case for DEI is now stronger than ever. This report, part of a series that started in 2015, demonstrates a clear link between leadership diversity and higher financial returns as well as broader holistic impacts.

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Inclusive communication

BDEI reports to look out for

If you’re a communication professional working on BDEI programs, staying informed is not just beneficial, it’s essential. Having access to the latest data, insights, and trends can be the difference between staying relevant or falling behind. This guide provides an overview of key reports that should be on your radar and how they can be integrated into an annual content calendar to maximize impact and strategic alignment.

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Inclusive communication

Communicating BDEI to employees: challenges and solutions

Belonging, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (BDEI) initiatives are crucial for creating harmonious and productive workplaces. However, effectively communicating these projects to employees can be challenging. This blog post explores the main challenges and offers practical solutions, drawing from my experience in such projects, internal and change communication and passion for creating positive workplace experiences.

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Inclusive communication

Inclusive communication 101

We live in a diverse, dispersed and digital world. The ability to communicate effectively across diverse groups has never been more critical. Inclusive communication is not just a buzzword but a strategic imperative that can define the success of organizations and leaders. This blog explores the principles of inclusive communication, why it matters, and how we can all improve our communication practices to be more inclusive.

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