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MDN Annual Conference - Equality, Diversity, Inclusion - our practice in ch...

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St. Alban’s Centre

Leigh Place

Baldwin’s Gardens

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A dynamic day of speakers, workshops and discussions, with remarkable contributors sharing diverse perspectives on relating our practice to an uncertain and changing world.

The day will finish with drinks and dinner*.

Esuantsiwa Goldsmith will speak to us of The Politics of Consultancy Esuantsiwa explores the power relations within the sector and poses new possibilities for transforming it into a movement for solidarity and equality.

Esua has been Commissioner for the Women’s National Commission, Chair of the Fawcett Society, Chair and Co-founder of the Gender and Development Network, and Vice Chair of ActionAid leading on Diversity and her memoir on mixed race identity will be published by Jacaranda in 2020. Esua says:- There is no such place as a ‘politics free zone’; independent consultants can never be truly independent or neutral. Our assumptions, biases and the power relationships we develop in our interactions with our client organisations are a significant but under-acknowledged footprint which will influence the outcomes and sustainability of our work. Esua argues that our interventions in the not-for-profit sector raise wider political questions of our support for - or challenge to - the status quo of inequality and exclusion both inside and outside our client organisations. In the face of increased injustice, racism, nationalism and the rise of the Alt Right, it is high time for consultants to take a more radical stand, and re-frame our narrative from ‘charitable and not-for-profit’ to ‘Solidarity and Social Justice’.

Razia Aziz will speak on Why the Inner is Global

As a senior diversity practitioner, coach and mentor, Razia is founder-Director of the Equality Academy and another company, Waytu, devoted to holistic development, and is also an interfaith minister. In her many leadership roles Razia has has engaged in a life-long quest to understand and promote the conditions under which people can learn, grow, work and thrive without unnecessary and unjust barriers blocking their potential.

Razia says: 'Inequality is unmistakable – we are immersed in societies, organisations, communities, even families in which there are undeniable – and sometimes increasing – differences in life chances, power and access to wealth, influence and opportunity based upon sex, gender, ‘race’, ethnicity, class, education, disability, religion and a range of other inter-actional characteristics'. Razia will invite our 'interest, curiosity, passion and conflicting feelings to the table of awareness and observation, where we can experience the fullness of how things land with us and take responsibility for our perspective, thoughts, feelings, utterances and actions; and thereby take a small step toward maximising our efficacy in contributing to a better, healthier third sector and world'.

Esua and Razia will also run afternoon workshops to further explore their approaches, and are joined by:

Amanda Heenan, specialist in equality & diversity and organisational development, founder of Arc of Inclusion, whose mission is to support organisations to develop more inclusive, safe and accessible environments. Amanda also supports Trundleurs, a movement to share and celebrate accessible exploration of the countryside and other places.

*The day will close with drinks at the venue, followed by dinner in a nearby restaurant from 6pm. We hope you will be able to stay for dinner, in which case please select this option when booking your place and we will send you further details.


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Baldwin’s Gardens

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