10 Impactful Ways to (un)Learn D&I

Racism and other issues remain unresolved and we must therefore accelerate systemic change. This, however, requires us to learn and unlearn. The online maganzine TwentyThirty dedicates an entire series to this aspect. 

TwentyThirty sheds light on the social, political, and environmental challenges we face and features inspiring Responsible Leaders who are working to solve them. The online magazine TwentyThirty is presented by the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt that aims to promote responsible leadership and inspire leaders worldwide to work towards a peaceful, just and sustainable future.

Embarking on the (Un)learning Journey

In order to support diversity and equity within its Responsible Leaders Network, as well as in the local, regional and global communities they serve, the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt wants to directly confront bias and racism at the individual level, institutionally (through policies and practices) and accelerate systemic change. Therefore, they encourage Responsible Leaderss to embark on a journey to learn and unlearn.

With his background of more than 20 years of grassroots activities, diversity research, social impact work, cultural change, and inclusive leadership development, Responsible Leader Michael Stuber encourages people to step up and, in each of their spheres, to make a difference in Diversity & Inclusion (D&I). A concept that emerged from equality and equal opportunities mostly in the business world.

10 Impactful Ways to Promote Diversity – Beyond the Obvious

#MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter or IDAHOT show the vast needs to tackle both everyday and systemic issues of equity across the spectrum of diversity. D&I allows us to reframe the human rights and equity agenda based on win-win considerations, and hence broaden and deepen the scope of action. In face of growing dissatisfaction in recent years on success and progress, I’m sharing my ‘Engineering D&I’ analyses of what (un)learning is required to create significant and sustainable impact. I’m aware that these ten (un)learning items are neither simple nor obvious – each merits its own discussion, some of which is found in embedded links in the article which can be found here.

“For it is not only about providing fair shares to previously disadvantaged groups. It is about understanding how our systems became what they are and what it takes to change the fundamentals.”