It’s difficult to come up with a unified definition of community, and this is why community building is so fascinating.
A community can be a virtual or a physical (or both) space where people sharing common interests, goals or/and experiences come together to share, connect, exchange and work towards shared goals.
While this is a very broad definition, perhaps event too vague, of what community is, it’s also enough for you to grasp the essential concept of community and to understand that community is a fluid entity, a virtual concept that can be actualized and put in place in many…
Let’s face it: 2021 will be the year of community.
A global pandemic, the intensification of social movements, the substantial changes in the way we live and work have given us multiple confirmations that when we’re together we are stronger.
Also, the global restrictions to social gatherings and mobility challenged the way we used to be in community and led us to figure out new ways to come together — trying to overcome the restrictions posed by lockdowns and social distancing rules.
In this time, online communities have taken up new meanings and played a crucial role to support people…
It’s February 20th, 2019.
It’s my birthday and I am anxiously waiting for the professor's assistant to call my name and invite me into the exam room.
It’s one of the most difficult exams of my MA program and I am overly scared to fail.
I really want to succeed. Progressing fast in my study path will lead me to a better qualification and will give me credit to finally get into the career I want.
After 20 minutes I am out. Drained but happy. Happy but drained. …
Let’s face it: the fact that covid19 has turned our lives upside down on every conceivable front is undeniable.
In the past few weeks, each of us has committed ourselves to adjusting to the new circumstances, restrictions and constant changes in every aspect of our lives.
Some adaptations have turned out to be simpler perhaps, others decidedly less so.
One of the most prominent and difficult adjustments has certainly been the one that has affected companies and the world of work.
The pandemic and everything that has come with it has led to a disruption of our economic systems and…
Why do cover letters still play such a major role in most application processes?
Well, cover letters are probably the first and only opportunity for candidates to use their voice, pitch themselves to hiring managers and stand out from the rest of the applicants’ cohort.
While CVs mostly work as technical sheets with sterile listings of professional and personal details, cover letters have the power to tell more about candidates’ personalities and attitudes.
Two facts make cover letters be the most important part of an application:
Whilst working in the field of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, at least once each of us felt disoriented by the quantity and complexity of problems to be solved.
Sometimes it seems as if for every step forward in one area, two steps back in another. The situations get often intertwined and end up involving levels of complexity almost greater than the starting point.
Well, let me say this: not only is this dynamic normal, but it is also indispensable.
I will not tire of repeating that working in the DIB means working in a continuous process. This is characterized by…
Breaking through the competition is not an easy job and it often forces companies to opt for the most mainstream channels and platforms, to then end up in a closed circle where no space for unconventional strategies or innovative approaches is given.
When it comes to involving a diversity and inclusion lens into recruitment, it starts to become even more difficult, if not impossible. The inclusive-driven factors are often “sacrificed” and omitted from the process, as time, budget and urgency to hire take over.
Well, I believe that unconventional hiring strategies can represent a great solution when it comes to…
Since I have been working as a Diversity Advisor, I have always paid particular attention to what are the main obstacles in acting towards diversity-oriented goals.
Although there are many, sometimes extremely complex ones, I also identified a few recurring obstacles that have been presented over time while working on diversity and inclusion strategies.
By sharing my experience, it’s not my intention to discourage practitioners, but rather to talk authentically about what are the constraints that may be encountered on the journey to provide workplaces with more inclusive attitudes!
I strongly believe that all these obstacles have great potential to…
D&I Inspirational Monday #2
Whether you are a large or a small company, whether you have many or few funds, never lose sight of the importance of offering your employees the opportunity to learn something new and use it to advance their careers. When you decide on your people management strategy, even allocating a minimum budget for the professional and personal development of your employees can make a difference in the way the workplace is committed to their empowerment. Often it is small moves and small expenses that push for improvement: a magazine subscription, membership for an online or offline…
D&I Inspirational Monday #1
Are you proud of your diverse team? Do you value your employees and the great work they deliver? Say it loud!
They are the best ambassadors for your company and for the values that move your work.
Start an interview or a video series to spotlight your talent and let your community get to know who are the people working behind the brand they love.
Highlighting your people and the diversity of your team will help other companies, brands and teams to make a similar step and spread some diversity awareness :)
I am sure there…
Margherita | FairForce is a Feminist-Informed transformation coaching and community strategy for purpose-driven humans and organizations