Beware the Echo Chamber

12/10/2020

Michael Benning, IpX Executive Director, True North Enterprise Calibration 


Michael Benning, Beware the Echo Chamber, RISE, DEI
Creating diverse and equitable communities and workplaces begins with listening to one another. I’m white; I’m male, and I’m old enough to remember the evening news with Walter Cronkite. I’m isolated too – I live in Pleasantville, USA, in a subdivision with a gate. I didn’t set out to avoid people who don’t think like me – it just happened.

I’m in an echo chamber:  to Walter’s dismay, I like getting my news from the small number of sources who ‘tell it like it is’ (that’s code for news that reinforces what I already believe). I interact with people every day with similar (or nearly identical) life experiences. Listening to alternate viewpoints doesn’t just happen. I believe social injustice in any form is absolutely wrong and completely unacceptable – but I can’t recall the last time I had a real conversation with someone dealing with it.

Creating diverse and equitable communities and workplaces does indeed begin with listening to one another – we have to be willing to exit our echo chambers.

But in the end, only doing counts. Build a bridge. If you’re ready to build, you might be interested in the following:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/white-men-four-things-you-can-do-advance-diversity-robert-e-moritz
https://hbr.org/2019/10/how-to-show-white-men-that-diversity-and-inclusion-efforts-need-them
https://www.forbes.com/sites/janicegassam/2018/09/03/how-to-get-white-men-on-board-with-diversity-and-inclusion-efforts/?sh=7e4181fb7694

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