Posts Tagged ‘discrimination’

big data

The world’s first guide on data ethics for brands has been launched to encourage companies to see the vital important of addressing the gap between what they can do and what they should do. For the industry, prioritising people over data is regarded as important for brands’ long-term licence to operate. Data ethics are, however, more than the bottom line. Big tech firms have come under increasing scrutiny for their collection and use of data, and the impact that’s had on everything from consumer choices in groceries to political candidates. Questions are being raised about who is building the systems, how they’re using the data and who gets to make these decisions.

August 2020

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fractured workforce

How do leaders bring together a physically and psychologically fractured workforce? Compassion and humanity will be key at all levels.
Organisations of all sizes and across all sectors and regions have such a disparity of employee experiences of the pandemic that creating a sense of “oneness” is a formidable task.
Pre-existing schisms have been made more visible and more profound by this crisis. But beyond that, the average workforce will contain a vast spectrum of pandemic experiences.
This uniqueness of experience challenges the concept of fairness. How can you be fair and consistent when the spectrum of needs varies so dramatically? Should you even try?

Fast Company, 18 July 2020

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black lives matter

Scholars and activists have debated how effective empathy is as a tool for behaviour change—particularly when it comes to fighting racism. Paul Bloom argues that empathy allows our bias to drive our decision-making, bell hooks states that empathy is not a promising avenue to systemic racial change, and Alisha Gaines analyzes how an overemphasis on racial empathy in a 1944 landmark study, “An American Dilemma,” led to a blindness about the impact of systemic and institutional racial barriers. This more general understanding and application of empathy has not been an effective aid to fighting systemic oppression.
Bethany Gordon posits that a more nuanced understanding of empathy—and its related concepts—may help us use it more effectively in the fight against racism. There are two strains of empathy that are relevant and can help us better understand (and possibly change) our response: empathic distress and empathic concern, also known as compassion.

via Behavioural Scientist, 15 June 2020

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equality, virtue ethics

Lead Moderator Peter Mares considers what Covid-19 is teaching us about equality and its alternative.

When this is over, what lessons will we have learned?

“If insecurity is new and unwelcome in our lives, then we can assume that its pervasive presence was never welcome in the lives of others. It should give us pause to consider the levels of inequality and disadvantage that we allowed to build up during Australia’s long boom.”

Perhaps during this time we can lay the foundation for a stronger, more caring community after the threat from the virus recedes.

Crikey, 3 April 2020

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The Australian Human Right Commission’s landmark report recommends a series of changes to the Sex Discrimination Act and Fair Work Act, finding the rate of change required to prevent and respond to sexual harassment at work over the past 35 years had been disappointingly slow.

Sex Discrimination Commissioner and Cranlana alumna Kate Jenkins said the legal and regulatory system was “simply no longer fit for purpose”.

The Australian, 6 March 2020

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