The whole and its parts

The whole & its parts

Working on inclusion

A point that seems to be missed in many conversations around inclusion is, that the desire for inclusion may be confronted with a fear of exclusion.

They are very distinct.

The desire for inclusion comes with a focus on something that feels positive and desirable. It is a hope one can walk towards.

The fear of exclusion is the result of something that seems threatening. While it is an attention magnet it rarely comes with a distinct focus and more often with a broad range of assumed risks. It becomes something people will run away from or fight.

The importance of this difference lies in the fact that dealing with them requires different approaches. They are linked to different needs; one is linked to the need for safety whereas the other is linked to the need for belonging and love.



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