I find myself talking more frequently these days about challenges with the word inclusion. This is a bit awkward, since the word is integral to my work.
In May, I was fortunate to travel to Oregon, an almost indescribably beautiful state where I’d previously only spent a short weekend decades ago. I was blown away by the environmental beauty and the foresight of Governor Tom McCall who, almost 45 years ago, championed urban planning and restraints on sprawl that have yielded the most walkable, livable, sustainable and just plain awesome neighborhoods today.
The kindest, most generous take on the brouhaha surrounding Rachel Dolezal — the former head of the Spokane NAACP chapter who resigned after allegedly lying about her race — came from filmmaker Lacey Schwartz. She said it spoke to how much we want to talk about race and racial identity in this country. The thing is, we white people generally have a hard time doing it.
The flip side of the “jobless recovery” is increased stress for those who still have jobs. Workers are being asked to do more with fewer resources than ever before. There is a disconnect between what employees need and what employers think they need. Incivility is epidemic.