The Collaboratory and Green-Park present: Ideas Solutions Collaboratory
In the past few weeks, if you are a D&I expert, a BAME network chair or a BAME employee, you may have been asked to participate in a Speed Design Workshop, join The Race Equality Network or both. I can imagine, upon opening this email many of you will be scratching your heads, wondering what this is all about and how this initiative is actually going to make a difference.
Let me explain…
I am a recent business graduate, a BAME individual, and now, an intern working on the Race Equality Matters concept, so rest assured that this isn’t another ‘join us we are fantastic’ post, this is, from a ethnic minority individuals perspective, a salute to both The Collaboratory and Green-Park for their fantastic efforts to tackle a long-deserved cause.
How this works:
- We start off with the Speed Design Workshops, or as they are commonly referred to by us; ‘Ideas Solutions Collaboratory’. Essentially, these are one and the same, it’s an opportunity for D&I experts, BAME network chairs and BAME colleagues to come together and share ideas, discuss the pro’s and con’s of the specified concept, and essentially, within a 2 hour session, establish how to overcome any challenges, how to make the concept a success, or alternatively, whether we should scrap it entirely.
- This is the stage that happens behind closed doors: The development. The Collaboratory and Green-Park collaboratively trial and test the concepts that are voted worthwhile by you, develop them until they are perfect (or as close to) and then roll them out to you guys. One of these concepts that many of you may recognise from participating in our Ideas Solutions Collaboratory’s, is the Race Equality Network (REN), which already has 75+ sign ups within a week of being launched! (linked below).
- The end goal essentially is to provide BAME networks, colleagues, individuals and allies with ALL of the resources that they need to end Racial Inequality in the workplace. This goes further than simply having a meeting and creating a checklist; this encapsulates the gravity of the situation by addressing EVERY aspect of work-life with an initiative to counter any micro or macro aggressions that contribute towards Racial Inequality.
The REN is only one of a number of initiatives in the pipeline, with Ideas Solutions Collaboratory’s taking place throughout September, the opportunity to contribute towards the critical rationale that underpins our solutions is available to all BAME employees, network chairs, or allies.
To find out more about how to participate in one of these sessions, please contact Misha Patel misha.green-park.co.uk or Javed Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org