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Posts covering BDEI communication, inclusive storytelling and constructive narratives

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BDEI programming by design

Can design thinking revolutionize BDEI programming? I’ve been having these thoughts lately. By placing a strong emphasis on empathy and iterative processes, design thinking delves deeply into human needs which can leverage experiences of diverse workforces. This can ensure that BDEI initiatives are both innovative and aligned with real employee challenges. Let’s explore more in this blogpost.

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Belonging starts within

Belonging is often perceived as a gift bestowed upon us by external circumstances—a welcoming community, inclusive workplace, or supportive family. However, true belonging begins from within. It is an internal compass that guides us to recognize our value, align with our authentic selves, and find our place in the world. This was the topic of a recent webinar I gave to the Shell Women’s Alumni Network. In this blog post, I write about belonging as an individual strength and walk you through a self-check list that you or someone you know may use!

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Belonging at work, Inclusive communication
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How inclusive storytelling can shape workplace cultures

Storytelling is a cornerstone of effective internal communication. It shapes organizational culture, conveys values, and fosters a sense of belonging among employees. However, if not approached inclusively, storytelling can perpetuate exclusion and reinforce stereotypes. Internal communication professionals play a crucial role in shaping these narratives to create a more inclusive and equitable workplace.

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Employee communication, Inclusive communication
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The power of inclusive storytelling in shaping a better future

Storytelling is a fundamental human experience. It has the power to educate, entertain, and inspire. Yet, stories can also reinforce stereotypes and perpetuate exclusion. For media and communication professionals, understanding the impact of storytelling is crucial. By embracing inclusive storytelling, we can shape a better future, one that acknowledges and celebrates diversity in all its forms.

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The dark side of belonging

I’ve often written about the advantages of a sense of belonging. One of the questions I received about this topic is: “Does it also have a dark side?” Belonging is an integral aspect of human existence, providing us with a sense of identity and support. Yet, there’s a complexity to group dynamics that often goes unaddressed. This post aims to explore the challenges that come with group membership, including the phenomenon of misinformation.

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Belonging at work, Inclusive communication
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Raising inclusionists, one book at a time

An inclusionist is one who respects and appreciates individuals regardless of their background, abilities, or beliefs. Cultivating such an attitude in children can pave the way for a more harmonious and equitable society.

As parents, educators, and mentors, we hold the responsibility to guide the next generation towards embracing differences and creating a more inclusive society. This blog post explores practical steps and strategies to help children grow up to be inclusionists.

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From words to worldview: navigating the Dutch culture through language

When I first moved to the Netherlands from the Philippines 17 years ago, I quickly learned that language is much more than a tool for communication—it’s a gateway to a new way of life. Ludwig Wittgenstein once said, “The limits of my language means the limits of my world.” This quote became my guide as I navigated through the complex yet fascinating process of cultural immersion in a country so different from my own.

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Beyond othering: reimagining our relationship with nature

As we remember Int’l Biodiversity Day next week, I’m reflecting on the othering of nature. This concept refers to the human tendency to view nature as separate from, and subordinate to, humanity, leading to environmental degradation and a loss of biodiversity.

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Inclusive communication, Social justice communication
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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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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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