Not everyone has the head space to think about or care deeply about the things you might care about.

I often hear frustrations from people who are passionate about EDI that more people aren’t engaging. And then they make the mistake of forcing it, or trying to guilt people.

We mustn’t forget that:

💜 we can’t know what someone is going through, and what their day-to-day concerns might be – possibly existential concerns

💜 we might have already inadvertently excluded them so now they have disengaged

💜 we might have excluded them by design – be careful of having an over-insistence or over-reliance on ‘safe spaces’ when considering EDI at work. Excluding people at first and then trying to bring them in later is hard. It’s all in the ‘how’: how we come up with the reasons for this and how we communicate the reasons too.

“Often, she and her friends only heard what was being discussed and what rules were being passed after it had already happened. Not only was it a far climb, but most of them were too busy surviving the day-to-day to trudge anywhere for a discussion on tomorrows.”

– excerpt from Dust, by Hugh Howey
(I highly recommend the trilogy)