Inequality-opoly : play a racial inequities board game? The idea for Inequality-opoly came when Perry attended diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings. During these trainings, Perry noticed the difficulties the facilitators faced in demonstrating the effect of racial and gender discrimination in a way that is engaging and personalized to all the people in the room. As an educator for over a decade, he knows the best way to teach or reinforce something is to make it a game. He thought that gamifying diversity training would make for deeper understanding and richer discussions. After 3 years of research, development, and playtesting, Inequality-opoly is now for sale thanks to a successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaign at www.inequalityopoly.com. Find even more details on Inequality-opoly.
Diversity And Inclusion tip for today : According to Harvard Business Review, companies with higher-than-average diversity had 19% higher revenues. It is the first vital activity to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Team managers can arrange monthly seatings to discuss and design the different diversity acts. For example, employees with different backgrounds can brief what holy days or holidays are essential to them. Accordingly, they can be offered time off. It spreads historical and cultural knowledge among coworkers. It also increases interpersonal understanding with the fewest possible side effects.
Interestingly, Clemons pointed out that the original version of Monopoly was an imitation of The Landlord’s Game, an educational board game created at the end of the 19th century by Lizzie Magie for the purpose of showing that monopolies lead to a harmful accumulation of wealth that comes at the expense of others. A few decades later, Charles Darrow, who is typically credited for inventing the game, teamed up with a political cartoonist to create Monopoly – a skillfully redesigned version of Magie’s game, but whose wealth-accumulation objective is essentially the opposite of what Magie was trying to achieve – and sold it to Parker Brothers. (I will pause, if only parenthetically, to point out the irony of a man achieving fame and wealth by copying a woman’s idea and taking credit for it.)
One of the things that originally drove me to work in the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) space was the stark contrast between the gut-wrenching emotions of hearing about specific experiences of individuals in a given demographic group, and the detached analysis of statistical, population-level data that describe the group as a whole. This is true for any type of societal context: in the workplace, talking about the high churn rate of women does not convey the kinds of individual stories we heard thanks to the #metoo movement; in a city, the statistics about disproportionate policing of Black people does not begin to convey the sensations we get when we watch videos of George Floyd’s murder.
Goldman Sachs held a four-month listening tour to learn about the challenges Black women face, directly from Black women. They invited Black women across the country to share their challenges and offer suggestions. Participants included community advocates, small business owners, corporate leaders, union workers, college and university faculty, and more. Through a partnership, the Urban Institute analyzed each session to find common themes that will inform Goldman Sachs’ future investments. We heard one thing over and over: systemic racism has created barriers for Black women to achieve economic well-being. To address this challenge, Goldman Sachs can focus on solutions that help Black women build and attain wealth and address income gaps. Find extra details at The Game of Structural Racism and Sexism in America.