Last week, I was discussing with my community change graduate class the concept of values-neutral facilitation. We spent some time unpacking the challenges behind being truly neutral while facilitating, especially on concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Using a values-neutral approach to facilitation doesn’t mean you don’t have values or that your values won’t show up in your facilitation. In fact, your values absolutely do show up in your facilitation. So what does it mean to perform values-neutral facilitation?
Let’s face it – we adults come to the table with a lot of baggage. We have many years (perhaps decades) of knowledge and experiences that inform every decision we make. I don’t know about you but I love giving advice to a young person about all my lessons learned even when that advice might not have been specifically requested which is pretty much always (#sorrynotsorry). Sometimes, we, as adults, need to take a step back and learn a thing or two (or 100) from the young people we live and work alongside and check our baggage at the door.
For those working in agencies and organizations looking to better serve or involve young people – this process begins with authenticity.
Lately, there’s a been a lot of buzz around the term “health equity” and I’ve been asked countless times by folks working at various organizations and agencies how an individual can advance health equity when they are only one person working in a larger (often bureaucratic) system or institution. Often times my response to those questions is that large scale change starts with individuals like you.
Yes, it does. As cliche as it may sound – change starts with you. Below are 4 steps you can take advance health equity within the system you’re working in or with.
There are many reasons someone might want to hire us here at Kattari Consulting – here are just a few suggestions!
1. You (and your practice/organization/community/school) want to be proactive in offering a more inclusive environment for your clients/employees/community/students, and are ready to start or continue that conversation.
2. You have read some of the publications Leo and Shanna have authored around the experiences of trans people, disabled people, people of color, LGBQA people, and others, and want to learn from their experience. Perhaps by conducting research of your own, or by putting better practices into place to reduce these experiences of discrimination.