Courage contagion seems to be the most relevant phrase to use when reviewing the trend that we see from employees at complex organizations that have a history of diversity & inclusion (D&I) complaints. The usual scenario goes: one employee speaks out about the disregard for their life experience’s influence on their work performance, and other employees start to rethink how they’ve been valued. Over the past 20 years of corporate change management, we’ve seen this trend start to snowball into new types of internal corporate policy and financial risks.

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It was well documented that in 2020 insurance companies started to dig into their client’s corporate D&I practices. The regulatory landscape is also changing as large states like California mandates diversity on corporate boards, and even the NASDAQ seeks to mandate board diversity for listed companies. …


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In the aftermath of a divisive U.S. presidential election that seems to mark the tail end of the 20th Century, I’m reminded of the daughters of the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. The “Mill Girls” of Lowell, Mass., made up 75% of all textile workers in the U.S. In the 1830s, they took jobs to put their brothers through college and feed their families. These young women, starting to work at age 15, were the fabric of their community’s economic production. …


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Corey Ortega Inclusionism

This Sunday at 5:30 we had Corey Ortega on my radio show Inclusionism @ WHCR 90.3FM and he really blew us away with some origin stories… one in particular about his working in constituent services for a former NY Assemblymember and helping a community member get out of a drug deal gone wrong.

Given this pandemic, we need leaders who will not only represent us ideologically but can get things done. Corey has worked in government at the city and state levels and organized the elect members themselves as Executive Director of the Black Latino & Asian Caucus. He is currently an elected District Leader in the 70th Assembly District and founded the West Harlem Progressive Democrats, and most recently founded the COVID Coalition to get food and resources to thousands of NYers who are sick and shut-in during these trying months. …


Activism Works! So Does Data!

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Working to normalize the language Data Unions since 2015

We just received a leaked version of the draft for the EU Data Governance Act (see attached) and it specifically mentions Data Unions!

The Data Governance Act (October leak) from the European Union has two sections that specifically mention and vaguely define “Data Unions”. In the coming decade, I think that we will see many of these types of organizations pop up across the globe to redefine what data is and argue the amount of both agency & compensation that individuals (data subjects) are owed.

(26) An emerging variant are data cooperatives or data unions that seek to achieve a number of objectives, in particular strengthen the position of individuals to make informed choices before consenting to data use, influencing the terms and conditions of data user organisations attached to data use in a manner that gives better choices to the individual members of the group or potentially solving conflicts in positions of individual members of a group on how data can be used when such data pertain to several data subjects with the group.

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James Felton Keith

Philosopher of Inclusionism | Engineered Inclusion Score

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