Everybody’s Business: Strengthening Engagement, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Great Lakes ENGOs was designed to be a community of practise where staff teams could explore diversity efforts in a collegial environment. It was to be about helping leading environmental organizations better reflect the communities they serve and move them from good intentions to real change.
Our plan was to build out two tracks:
- A bi-national DEI Learning Network composed of multi-day diversity trainings for board/staff organizational teams; and,
- A project for each organization that involves establishing and developing a serious working relationship with an NGO or community that reflects the full diversity of the audience that ENGOs need to embrace.
Everybody’s Business is a collaboration with the DC-based Institute for Conservation Leadership. The training sessions will be led by Shakil Chouhury of Anima Leadership and Heather Berthoud of Berthoud Consulting, an ICL Associate. The first cohort will be comprised of approximately ten Great Lakes ENGOs. A number of leading Canadian ENGOs have expressed interest in participating including Environmental Defence, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Bay Area Restoration Council, Freshwater Future and EcoSuperior.
An initial gathering was held on Stoney Lake just north of Peterborough, Ontario in November 2017 to pilot the program and 38 environmental leaders from the two countries convened for two days to focus on this sector priority.
Everybody’s Business was a collaboration with Dianne Russell of the Institute for Conservation Leadership, Shakil Chouhury of Anima Leadership and Heather Berthoud of Berthoud Consulting, and we appreciate all the time and effort that went into trying to get this off the ground. In the end we were not successful but we appreciate staff from Environmental Defence, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Bay Area Restoration Council, Freshwater Future and EcoSuperior who were ‘early adopters’ and stepped forward and work with us from the start.