Diversity, equity, inclusion, and representation in web3 - are they just buzzwords or a real opportunity for change? 🤔 Keep reading to discover the power of a visual tool and how it can help us navigate the complex landscape of diversity, equity, and inclusion (dei ) in web3.
I know that you've probably heard about these concepts before, but let's take a moment to really delve into what they mean from my point of view and why they matter so much. 😊
In my perspective, diversity means more than just acknowledging differences in race and gender. It means recognizing and appreciating the unique qualities that make each person who they are. 🙌
🚀 equity is about working to eliminate systemic barriers and creating equal opportunities for all groups.
🤝 inclusion requires creating a supportive and welcoming environment where everyone feels valued and heard.
💪 representation ensures that diverse perspectives and experiences are accurately reflected in the industry. Unfortunately, underrepresentation is a reality in the tech industry, and it hinders progress toward inclusion and equity. 😔
To truly understand the relationship between these concepts, we need to be aware of the power dynamics that contribute to underrepresentation. 💭
Marie Roker-Jones introduced me to a concept that has helped me navigate this complex landscape: the wheel of privilege and power. 🎡 This graphic, adapted from James R Vanderwoerd's "Web of Oppression" and Sylvia Duckworth's "Wheel of Power/Privilege," has opened my eyes to the intersectionality of DEI. And then it all got way more interesting! 😍
In the center of the wheel is the word "power," and on the margins is the word "marginalized." 🔍
The categories include:
🔸 body size
🔸 mental health
🔸 formal education
🔸 skin color
Each category has a marginalized group on the outside of the wheel and a privileged group in the center. 🤔
Now, I'm in a better position to understand Marie Roker-Jones when she says: "DEI is not a monolith" because intersectionality matters! Otherwise, we risk telling only one story, and that is extremely dangerous. We'll talk about it in the following posts. 💬
As we continue on our journey toward a more inclusive web3 industry, let's keep these concepts in mind and work to create a more equitable and welcoming environment for everyone. 💫
Check the graphic below and let me know your thoughts in the comments. 💬
Remember, every step we take toward DEI is a step in the right direction. Let's keep pushing forward! 🌟