Duncan Smith – Using stories in Diversity and Inclusion work

To engage authentically with Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) means working with our values, beliefs, and behaviours, both conscious and unconscious. Personal stories are an essential tool to help us overcome barriers in all aspects of diversity.

Psychological safety and well being is a critical component of Diversity and Inclusion work — enabling a safe environment to explore sometimes emotionally resonant topics is essential to working well across lines of difference and sustaining truly inclusive groups and organisations. So it’s about creating workplaces that support mental and emotional health and well-being.

In this session we will explore the use of stories in D&I work – as facilitators, participants, and simply as people wanting to build stronger relationships across lines of difference anywhere in our lives. Stories help us to open up to and with others, to listen and learn, and to build bridges, and make connections.

About Duncan Smith:

Duncan Smith BA (Trinity), M Ed (Harvard) Duncan Smith specializes in improving decision-making and performance for organizations, teams, and individuals in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, and the United States. One of the Asia-Pacific region’s most experienced consultants in diversity and inclusion, Duncan helps leaders increase their capacity to work well together by building trust, holding open and honest conversations that lead to better, more inclusive decisions and higher functioning teams that collectively solve 
problems and build stronger relationships across lines of difference. Duncan’s work includes leadership and executive team development, designing and implementing culturally appropriate diversity and inclusion solutions for multinational organizations, and facilitating critical conversations to overcome barriers in the areas of unconscious bias, gender and cultural diversity. Duncan is a member of the Expert Panel for the Global Inclusion and Diversity Benchmarks, a mentor for the Inclusion Allies Coalition, and in 2018 released the book Foundations of Diversity.

| May 12th, 2019 | Posted in Uncategorized |

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