© Ellen Feldman — Seeding Inclusion

Our world is both less diverse and more monotonous. We live in smaller circles and join online echo chambers that confirm our worldviews. A narrower perception of reality impairs our ability to appreciate the perspectives — or even the humanity — of others.

At the same time, 2020 displayed inequalities that remain at the very foundation of our society, unveiling — for the privileged — truths known primarily by people of color and the economically disadvantaged. Society remains unequal. We cannot progress if we don’t challenge the very assumptions that brought us to this moment. …


If all of the kings had their queens on the throne, we would pop champagne and raise a toast. To all of the queens who are fighting alone, baby, you’re not dancin’ on your own. Can’t live without me, you wanna’ but you can’t, no, no, no. Think it’s funny, but honey, can’t run this show on your own.

Lyrics from Kings & Queens by Ava Max, released on March 12, 2020 (a day after the World Health Organization declared the Covid pandemic)

For what will we make sure March 8, 2021 is remembered?

One year into the pandemic, many…


In 1968, over 10 million Americans, many of them children, suffered from hunger and malnutrition. But it took the CBS news report Hunger In America to bring the faces of this pain into every living room and galvanize action.

The next year President Nixon appointed a Special Consultant who convened a bipartisan White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health to “put an end to hunger in America for all time.” More than 2,700 private, public, and academic sector participants huddled over three days to submit thousands of recommendations to 5,000 attendees. Within two years, 1,600 of their top 1,800…


Open (© Ellen Feldman)

Los delfines se las arreglarían mucho mejor trabajando desde casa que nosotros.

Tienen la capacidad de vivir en dos mundos a la vez: por la noche mantienen un ojo abierto y un lado del cerebro alerta, dejando a la vez el otro ojo cerrado y el otro lado del cerebro dormido.

En cuanto a nosotros, nos pasamos el día intercambiando identidades: entre el yo personal y el yo profesional. Nos pasamos el día alternando no solo entre pantallas, sino también entre nuestras distintas personalidades y mundos, como todos los demás, incluso en nuestra propia casa.

Nueve minutos después de acabar…


This notion is endurance is helpful -- for month people have been rushing and seeking a finish line but it is forever moving. This means that we need to change how we are "running" (pace, speed, what support we need) all the time. Not easy but appreciate your advice Hise and Nadege, from a special vantage point.


The Improv Theater Stage of Life and Work in the Time of Covid

Published at https://www.get5.io/blog/lights-camera-pajamas-work-life

Dolphins would be a lot better at working from home than we are 🐬 They can live in two worlds at once: at night they keep one eye open and one side of the brain alert, the other eye closed and the other side of the brain asleep.

@Ellen Feldman

We now continually shift back and forth between identities: code-switching between personal and professional selves; toggling not just between screens, but between personalities and worlds, just as everyone else does, too — even in our own household.

Nine minutes into a budget review meeting, you turn your camera and…


Grief is generally taboo in the workplace, despite evidence that it erodes performance both short and long term.

Photo: “Reaching” by Ellen Feldman

Published at https://www.get5.io/blog/mourning-management-metamorphosis

“Grief should not be locked away, because once you put the sadness in the box, if not dealt with, it will reemerge at the most inopportune times and in far less controllable forms.”

Many of us are grieving in some form today. COVID-19 continues to take our loved ones at a horrifying rate, and has crushed our traditional means of preserving mental balance and cultivating human connections. The virus shifted our roles and power dynamics in our family, community and professional context.

The pandemic is bringing many moments of crude realizations — about our society, politics, and…


(published in El Planeta on December 28, 2020, http://elplaneta.com/news/2020/dec/23/Opinion-knoop-mas-palabras-que-valores/)

Las elecciones y el censo reciente fueron ocasiones especiales para ejercer nuestro voto y derecho como seres humanos de determinar nuestro futuro colectivo. Pero en mismo tiempo, olvidamos que en realidad no hay día que pase sin que votemos sobre nuestro futuro: tomamos alrededor de 40.000 decisiones al día, la mayoría de ellas relacionadas con lo que consumimos en tiendas reales y en línea o incluso como utilizamos nuestros medios digitales.

Las organizaciones que apoyamos con nuestros votos como consumidores, nuestro dinero y tiempo, forman al mundo en el que vivimos…


The notion of the triple bottom line — financial, environmental, and social — and “ESG” are now part of the vernacular. ESG investing — strategies that hold companies’ accountable for their environmental, social and governance impact — grew to more than $30 trillion in 2018, boomed in 2020, and could reach $50 trillion over the next two decades as consumer tastes shift and investors demand more transparency.

Our Human Infrastructure is at risk

Most ESG-focused investments and corporate social responsibility initiatives have assessed the firm’s impact on the environment and society, few have measured its impact on its employees. …


As children we ask “why” instinctively, but as adults we tend to lose this gift. We become complacent as we accept the rules of the game given us by society and the rules we internalized for ourselves. We rely on and become addicted to games and systems that play to our strengths, and the systems that benefit us. In some instance, we do ask why but decide to justify, defend, or ignore systemic injustice.

Crossroads @2008 Ellen Feldman

Leadership in the era of a global pandemic and social injustice demands more than the normal fiscal and strategic competencies. Leaders must become disruptors in pioneering…

Carin-Isabel Knoop

Passionate about encouraging human sustainability and equal access at work. Collector and connector of people and ideas.

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