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Reckoning with privilege, power and belonging

Why It Matters

The world of social impact is facing a reckoning with privilege and power: global Black Lives Matter demonstrations, the #MeToo movement, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, among other movements for social justice are prompting the sector to take a look at its own systems of oppression. But buzzwords and lip service aren’t enough — there needs to be deep, structural change, said the speakers in a Future of Good panel on the topic.

Privilege and belonging: two words that are top of mind for many social impact organizations right now, in the wake of global anti-racism demonstrations and the illumination of deep inequities by the pandemic and its aftershocks.

In order to build back better post-pandemic, the world of social impact needs to ask itself some deep questions about power, privilege and belonging, four speakers in a Future of Good digital conversation this week agreed. During the conversation that explored dismantling colonial roots to shedding toxic masculinity to becoming anti-racist organizations, Jess Tomlin, co-CEO of the Equality Fund, a Canadian fund backing women’s rights work globally, shared a quote by the author Arundhati Roy: The pandemic, Roy says, “is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and


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