Inclusion and Diversity

Our aim with EFWeek is for everyone to have a sense of belonging and be able to work together for personal fulfilment and the common good.

We invite you to bring your entire selves to your professional life every day, and allow those around you to do so too.

We are developing a Handbook for Inclusion and Diversity in coworking spaces, and EFWeek is an inclusive and diverse event. So here are some things to think about as you set up your events.

Inclusion

Inclusivity is about committing to creating an authentic, welcoming, safe environment where all people can thrive regardless of age, race, colour, cultural background, sexual orientation, gender identities, physical abilities, mental health, physical appearances, socio-economic backgrounds, life experiences, nationalities, religions.

Inclusion also covers harassment which may include, but is not limited to, intimidation, bullying, sidelining, stalking, unwanted recording or photography, inappropriate physical contact, use of sexual or discriminatory imagery, comments, or jokes; intentional or repeated misgendering, sexist, racist, ageist, ableist, or otherwise discriminatory or derogatory language; and unwelcome attention.

Useful Link: Expected Online Behaviours from Slack

Business and work related events tend to reinforce the group by bringing like mined people with shared interests together. Gatherings often re-invent the wheel – it’s an opportunity to mix with vetted people you know, like and feel comfortable with in your specialist circle.

Different perspectives and life experiences among speakers and attendees will bring a richer conversation and more meaningful outcomes to events. In addition, widening your scope will create a domino effect by encouraging greater attendee participation from under-represented and under-estimated communities. Don’t rely on your tried (and possibly tiered) and trusted Social Media network. Be brave. Cast a wider net for speakers and attendees.

Creatng accessible and inclusive events: a resource

Create an Accessibility Statement for your event:

Engagement: how to connect

A key reason to engage with local, marginalised and/or under-represented groups is to give people a voice and create opportunities. Initiating a dialogue will help you find out what’s important to people in your community. Don’t assume that you know what their issues, interests, or opinions might be. Listen to what the people themselves have to say. A shared understanding will be of long-term benefit to the community as a whole. Engagement can also help empower marginalised groups and build a more prosperous, cohesive community for everyone.

Indigenous Ally Toolkit

https://segalcentre.org/common/sitemedia/201819_Shows/ENG_AllyTookit.pdf

Reaching out to local communities

https://www.socialpinpoint.com/blog/8-tips-to-improve-community-engagement-in-local-government/