In the past week, I’ve had the good fortune to engage and host several conversations specifically about working in difference. These have ranged from short conversations over dinner tables, to small workshops, to a large conference of almost 4,000 people. Working with difference is in the air, it’s on our minds, and it’s in our hearts. And we must grow our capacity to do this.
The large conference I attended was geared primarily toward People of Color, and the topic of difference, being different, noticing difference, embracing difference, singing, laughing, and shouting difference were all part of the stated intention and appeal of the conference. I heard several people say that this particular conference with other folks who were different like them was the place that they received nourishment for the rest of the year when they went out into the world of people who were different than them.
And so I thought again about our expectations and tolerance around difference and how they impact our strategic work.
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