CEO & Co-founder, Green Park and Co-founder, Race Equality Matters
The global pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests of 2020 have placed the ugly reality of racial inequality on the world stage and created hunger for progress. Yet many leaders simply don’t know how to achieve it.
In her now viral poem Leslie Dwight asks: “What if 2020 isn’t cancelled? What if 2020 is the year we’ve been waiting for? A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw — that it finally forces us to grow.”
Dwight published her poem in June as the pandemic and #BlackLivesMatter protests swept the globe. Such passion and frustration present a very real possibility for change, but how many of us actually know how to turn a moment into a movement?
I collaborated with like-minded organisations to conduct research with over 270 senior leaders, allies, Diversity & Inclusion experts and Race Network Chairs. What did we discover? That while racial inequality still exists and the will to do something about it had grown, the skills and knowledge to make change happen had not. The key issue identified as being the failure to build a permanent and sustainable bridge between lived experience in organisations, investment and decision-making.
Now is the time to act
Race networks are a key component to bridging that gap between those with lived experience and those with the power to invest and decision-make, yet too often they have little influence or empowerment to create change.
I hope that Dwight is right and 2020 is they year we have been waiting for. The year that finally forces us to grow. Declarations of support will not make 2020 the year of change. However, purposeful action can.
By providing networks with the right resources, insights, tools and collaboration opportunities we can amplify their voices and together ensure real change finally happens.
Join the movement. Be the change.