63 episodes

In our podcast, we explore topics at the intersection of equity, inclusion and community. We learn ways that communities are facing (or not) their realities of inequity and injustice. We will meet people who are changing their communities for the better and discover actions that we can each take to improve our own communities.

State of Inclusion Ame Sanders

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

In our podcast, we explore topics at the intersection of equity, inclusion and community. We learn ways that communities are facing (or not) their realities of inequity and injustice. We will meet people who are changing their communities for the better and discover actions that we can each take to improve our own communities.

    Supporting Inclusion Through Color and Design

    Supporting Inclusion Through Color and Design

    Our work of Equity and Inclusion requires us to think multi-dimensionally, to think about ourselves, but also about those with whom we interact and about the structures in our environment, whether those are systems or physical spaces. My guest, Lori Weitzner, helps us explore the importance of our physical spaces on both a personal and a group level. Lori shares how we can use color and a multi-sensory approach to the design of our spaces and events to help make people feel more welcome, more included, and more grounded. Lori will also discuss how each of us can use color and design in our personal spaces to help us recharge, recenter, and energize for the work ahead. While we're going to talk a lot about color, Lori and I will not talk about colorism. That is an important subject, a separate and significant subject, but one for another day.

    • 32 min
    Community by Design

    Community by Design

    This conversation reminds us that the current systems that keep us from achieving equity and inclusion weren’t just an accident of evolution. They were designed—intentionally designed. These past designs and their artifacts also persist in our everyday lives, even when we have stopped many of the harmful practices. Today's guest, Braden Cooks of Designing the We, will share how we can undesign our current systems of inequity and separation and imagine new ways for our communities to design and build a more equitable future.

    • 59 min
    Building an Inclusive Economy

    Building an Inclusive Economy

    My guest is Tawanna Black, founder of the Center for Economic Inclusion. Tawanna makes a clear and compelling case for community leaders to work together with a focus on building a thriving, growing economy that works for everyone in their community. Tawanna also shares how her team has worked directly with communities to help inform, guide, and facilitate that kind of broad cross-sector collaboration. You'll hear her describe how their work gives businesses and governments the tools to do drastically different work, get drastically different results, and do so in accountability. If you feel your community could benefit from this kind of cross-sector collaboration, this episode is for you.

    • 53 min
    Looking Back and Ahead

    Looking Back and Ahead

    In this episode, we take a moment to reflect on the State of Inclusion Podcast for 2023 and look ahead to 2024. While DEI may be under assault on many fronts, I'll share why I remain optimistic about this work of equity and inclusion. We'll also listen to and reflect on a few pearls of wisdom from our 2023 interviews.

    • 20 min
    Why Neighborhoods Matter

    Why Neighborhoods Matter

    Our guest, Nick Cotter, has dedicated his life to educating others on the causes and reality of persistent racial and economic segregation and working to address its consequences in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While Nick's work is clearly focused on Pittsburgh, the insights and lessons reach much farther. In our discussion with Nick, we'll come to understand that many of the keys to building a more inclusive and equitable community can be found in our neighborhoods.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Listening to My Neighbor's Voice, an Act of Love

    Listening to My Neighbor's Voice, an Act of Love

    If you want to discover how to become a better listener and learn techniques to help you listen with greater respect and love, this episode is for you. In this episode, Victoria Chance and Mary Anne Inglis of My Neighbor's Voice offer an approach to strengthen our listening skills and, at the same time, build community with our neighbors.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

caroleblue ,

Much needed podcast

This podcast is a very important addition to the world. Ame is extremely knowledgeable and is a great interviewer. The themes of inclusion and community are so relevant and for someone who is not so familiar with this area, I can understand and appreciate the stories and conversations. The podcast is very professionally done and very easy to listen to. Hard to come by these days…

nelsonkl23 ,

hope and action

It’s so easy lately to feel discouraged about the state of things but the State of Inclusion podcast offers a consistent burst of optimism and hope. Stories of what real people are doing in their own communities to challenge these huge issues are so inspiring and make me realize the role we can all play, even when up against such overwhelming problems. These conversations are always worth listening to.

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