It's beyond time to pivot in the areas of racial and social injustice, no matter how comfortable it is.

The demands for racial and social justice that are finally being heard, along with the pandemic and resulting economic suffering, have left me without words. I have not shared recently to create space for necessary introspection. I listened, learned and struggled.

I’m reaching out to the 24/7 version of you to share my thoughts about the necessity of pivoting regardless of how uncomfortable we may feel.

Pivoting is not about having all the answers but about checking in with one another, supporting one another, and creating change. It starts with listening, learning, and evaluating how our actions or inactions have contributed to the current environment. Each of us is a leader with a responsibility to lead from whatever level of power and influence we have.

We are being called to show up in new ways. As game-changers, we must see challenges as an opportunity to increase our capacity to have an impact, especially in times when leadership feels impossible and overwhelming. Now is the time for us to make choices, even at the smallest level, to take our world in the direction of being healthier and more equitable for all people.

I am sharing resources that I hope you find as valuable as I have, to not only pivot in the areas of racial and social injustice, but also at the fundamental levels of who we are and how we choose to show up as leaders.

If you have found valuable resources I would love to hear about them. Please forward this note and share the resources you find valuable below. We are all in this together.

In community,

Middlescence Expert Barbara Waxman

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

“Emmanuel Acho sits down to have an ‘uncomfortable conversation’ with white America, in order to educate and inform on racism, social injustice, rioting & the hurt African Americans are feeling today.”

America is on Fire: Message from President Pelton from Emerson College

College President Lee Pelton“I’m still angry. As President, I didn’t want to write in anger. But I also didn’t want to write the kind of platitudinous letters that ordinarily appear after these kinds of killings… In some contexts anger is not an emotion; instead, it’s a moral.” And so, I write today.” – Lee Pelton

#ShareTheMicNow Instagram Campaign

#ShareTheMic Instagram Racial Justice Campaign“When the world listens to women, it listens to white women. For far too long, Black women’s voices have gone unheard, even though they’ve been using their voices loudly for centuries to enact change. Today, more than ever, it is NECESSARY that we create a unifying action to center Black women’s lives, stories, and calls to action. We need to listen to Black women.⁣

The intention of this campaign is to magnify Black women and the important work that they’re doing in order to catalyze the change that will only come when we truly hear each other’s voices.⁣” – Bozoma Saint John

21 Day Racial Equity Challenge Resources

21 Day Racial Equity Challenge“The work of bringing more racial equity, just and liberation to our food system requires not only independent study and evolution (though that is important!). Many of us have come to realize that the power of connecting with our friends, co-workers and peers helps us better understand the complex terrain of race, racism, white supremacist culture and the ways those intersect with our work transforming the food system. Together we can learn and plan in ways that are simply not possible for isolated individuals.”

An Investor’s Guide to Investing in Racial and Social Equity

Investor's Guide to Racial Equity and Social Justice“To have the current crisis become a turning point and a move toward true transformation, investors can–and must– play a significant role, by adopting a racial equity lens when making investment allocations. Below I have outlined 7 simple steps to incorporate a racial justice lens when making investment decisions. I have also included simple ways to consider a commitment to racial equity within the Investor Policy Statement.” – Kristin Hull PhD

TED Talks to Help You Understand Racism in America

“From passionate pleas for reform to poetic turns of phrase, these talks take an honest look at everyday realities of Black Americans and illuminate the way forward.”

TED Talks for Racial Justice
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