I’m not a Tree Hugger!
Whilst driving our dogs to the vets yesterday for their annual booster shots the conversation, from my side, centred around my observation that it appears that it is the white middle class ex corporate/ university educated people that make money out of helping the underdogs of society. Rather than us underdogs ourselves who generally tend to do the dirty end of volunteering work. This is not totally black and white nor am I bitching that I cannot be entrepreneurial within this environment. It’s an observation which has implications around the subject of Inclusivity & Diversity.
What sparked my thought was earlier in the morning I had been researching contact details which might be beneficial for a café owner who is expanding. With my brain being like a mind map of connections I thought of a local media company who specialise in food. On the media company’s website was a review of an event they had organised to support a victims’ charity. Nothing wrong with that except it got me thinking that it’s strange how money is made by being patronising (as in being a patron). Thus it is only those rich enough to have the society connections and to have the funds who can take the benefactors glory without actually getting their hands dirty. Then through the publicity kudos will attract more clients & potentially more revenue.
If we are entering a new world how will we do business that is truly Inclusive & Diverse?
Will we in Wisdompreneurs be satisfied that we have achieved Inclusivity & Diversity when there is a broader spectrum of Ethnic, Indigenous & LGBT coaches & healers etc. By what metric will we define and are we to establish KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) by which to judge our progress? An example of short sighted metrics in a different field is that several years ago the trade union movement in the UK, at least, believed itself to be endorsing sustainability by supporting new nuclear power stations on the assumption that it was a carbon free energy which created jobs. But those jobs are primarily only in large numbers in the construction phase; so what is the cost to society of unemployment benefits afterwards. Or do we copy a previous UK Government initiative of widening motorways (some of which I had landscaped twenty years previously on the false assumption they were not transient landscapes) just for the sake of short-term job creation without considering the long term impact of transport infrastructure?
Maybe we haven’t yet totally moved away from the patterns of empirical & industrial conditioning. As we progress towards a more empathetic society it could be poignant to observe current research findings in DDI’s (Development Dimensions International) 2016 report “High Resolution Leadership”; where Empathy tops the list as the most critical driver of overall performance. It observes that ‘only 40% of front line leaders are proficient or strong in empathy’ and ‘European leaders are less naturally empathetic and may succumb to silos’ with regard to creating Collaborative & Diversified Networks.
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There is much current talk about emulating the symbiotic relationships found within the natural world to produce idyllic human societies. Whilst there are those who run off to hug a tree and falsely believe that they & the world are now saved; we should realise that not all symbiotic relationships benefit all participants.
Referring back to the earlier observations of the patron and the underdog and also a diverse & inclusive Wisdompreneurs we could be wise to observe different examples of symbiotic relationships
• Mutualism: symbionts benefit from each other
• Commensalism: one symbiont benefits without harming the other
• Parasitism: one species thrives on other causing harm
• Amenalism: Competition; one species emerges winner
• Antibiosis; one organism killed by chemical secretion of another
• Synnecrosis: interaction is detrimental to both organisms
Rather than just the collaboration benefits between multiple participants as seen in
I trust that this article will stimulate the continuing discussion on Inclusivity and Diversity and in doing so give hope to the Underdogs of Confidence© that we do not have to fit a preconceived paradigm in which to inclusively participate.