A recent blog posting from my Courage and Renewal colleague Courtney Martin on the topic of diversity and privilege reminded me that it is possible to engage in meaningful conversation about such potent issues in a manner that fosters genuine human connection as well as deeper capacity for social change.
A relational approach to exploring diversity offers a firm, compassionate look at our relationship to power, privilege and identity. Moving beyond a binary paradigm requires us to face ourselves in the mirror that is the Other.
Change is possible; I’m a living testimony and a humble witness to the possibilities of human transformation.
I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
–lyrics from “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson
(couldn’t help myself, love this song)