How to create belonging starts with understanding that most of us don’t know what belonging really is. It’s hard to create something that you haven’t first experienced and there is a difference between intellectually understanding vs experiencing something. What most of us do experience is strong conditioning from a young age around fitting in – to our families, in our school, and, ultimately, in society. This “fitting in” is part of how we are taught to uphold oppressive social systems because creates a faux belonging that activates our need for belonging but only fills it by exclusion. So, no wonder this is a struggle for many organizations and why we need help to understand and create it.
In this episode of Unlimited, I invited Amena Chaudhry to join me in a conversation about how to create belonging in a true way for all.
Some of what we talk about in this episode includes:
- What is belonging?
- Fitting in vs belonging
- Disrupting social norms
- Building emotional literacy
- Leadership skills for DEI & antiracism work
LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:
The Myth of Normal by Gabor Maté
The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle
The Wake Up by Michelle Mijung Kim
The Roundtable Talk by Meena Malik
CONNECT WITH AMENA CHAUDHRY:
Art of Interrupting Racism workshop
CONNECT WITH VALERIE:
Get email updates!