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…

“A wise man apportions his beliefs to the evidence.”
David Hume

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They say that when we fall in love, we don’t need to explain.

They also say that “anyone who falls in love is searching for the missing pieces of themselves.”

We have fallen hard for the term and concept of equity — as in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) — from the word aequitas or fairness. And also shareholder equity or equity markets. As market equity grew, economic equity fell. …

No one knows all the sacrifices that you make just to be good. Naomi Osaka[i]

[Michael’s] career came before his happiness. He dedicated every breath and heartbeat to accomplishing what he did. He sacrificed the self to be the greatest. Michael Phelps’ wife, Nicole Johnson Phelps[ii]

You have spent decades honing a skill at which you outperform your co-workers, and you got accolades and bonuses for your achievements. What if, even after being informed that you suffer from mental health challenges, your boss still demanded from you more responsibility and productivity, adding to your anxiety and depression? When asking for…

Highlights from a FACCNE webinar on diversity and inclusion, May 2021

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A set of toy figurines seem to talk in a circle; a pineapple appear above one of them, please read the post for context!
And the magic word is … © Ellen Feldman

The primary source of stress for workers is not long hours — it is tasks that are not well suited to their skills and the time and resources managers provide. Being more conscious of how individuals are present at work is essential to lowering stress and promoting inclusion. It is imperative to managing for diversity.

Our seminar was the 5th in a series on diversity and inclusion (see video below). The first few webinars focused more on dimensions of diversity that seem more visible, such as race or ethnicity. We focused on brain diversity, often more…

By members of the Harvard Business School Case Research & Writing Group

A Harvard Business School case study with a hand turning the front page

The first Harvard Business School case study, The General Shoe Company, came out in 1921. One page; a written piece of art. Like many cases since, it describes a problem: workers stop being productive toward the end of their shifts. What, oh what, should managers do?

As we approach the centennial of its publication, let us pause to appreciate the educational and learning opportunities the case method offers students.

Through its mix of rigorous analysis and deep discussion, the case method is a pedagogical approach to foster productive…

The photos shows the slug with its separated head. Source:

“The question for all of us is: how do we get up again after this K.O.rona? Corona is a trauma. It is also a teacher. We have to learn as much as you can from it to prepare for the future, not to dream of the “best version of you” but the “next version of you,” the one that really fits you. It is an exciting and engaging human transformation.”

Wladimir Klitschko, heavyweight boxing champion

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”

Marcus Aurelius

Japanese sea slug breeds can separate their…

When we neglect dimensions of our own uniqueness and reduce others to just a few of theirs, we limit human potential and resilience.

Leaders, entrepreneurs and future leaders who just accept and respect diversity in the workplace miss an essential opportunity to embrace and celebrate it. With the intense push to increase diversity should come the equally intense push to enable us to reflect and share who we are at work.

Today’s popular understanding of diversity emphasize age, sexual orientation, gender, race, and ethnicity — even though travel, globalization, and open-mindedness have increased the number of individuals who identify as…

Making art allows the lava of emotions pent up inside of me to flow out slowly, avoiding an eruption. I fear that if people don’t express themselves creatively, all the natural frustrations of life will boil up and burst out uncontrollably, with less-than-ideal repercussions.” Gregory Burns

Squares painted by individuals come together on a rectangular frame and we see the words “authentic” and “partners.” The profile of two hands in pink paint seem to come together, fingertips nearly touching.

Many of us seek outlets for our pent-up lava as we seek to reset and refresh while dealing with with emotional and mental health challenges.

Smartphones and computer screens worsen stress. Yet online programs and apps sell us on well-being and mental health as easily downloadable consumables. …

On the Clock 24/7 Ellen Feldman

Our April 20, 2020 op-ed entitled “The next pandemic? A mental health crisis?” warned corporate leaders and public health officials that the Covid-19 pandemic would take an even deeper toll on Americans’ mental health than on their physical health.

Sadly, we were right. The toll on mental health is staggering. Nearly one third of Americans are experiencing symptoms of clinical depression or anxiety; 150,000 additional deaths tied to the social isolation and economic stressors associated with COVID-19 are expected; deaths by overdose have skyrocketed. As Scientific American noted, we shouldn’t have had to pick between physical and mental health.


A narrow perception of reality impairs our ability to appreciate diverse perspectives. Here’s how to broaden your human horizon.

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© 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. …

Carin-Isabel Knoop

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

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