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Is Reconciliation Possible? Lessons From Combating “Modern Racism”

In this newly revised article, Dr. Valerie Batts offers personal reflections on and responses to the social history of oppression and racially-motivated violence in the United States, “Is Reconciliation Possible” examines, both in the U.S. and South Africa, the concept of covert and systemic “modern racism” and outlines a model for combating it to bring about community transformation and reconciliation….read more →

MUST READ: “Power Through Partnership: How Women Lead Better Together”

Why Read It?  Drawing from their own twelve-year partnership and from interviews with 125 women business partners across the world, Betsy Polk and Maggie Chotas have learned something powerful: when women work together they discover a level of support, balance, confidence, accountability, and freedom to be themselves that is rarely found in other work relationships. Who’s Mentioned in It (on page 10)? VISIONS, Inc….read more →

The Spirit of My Father

by Josephine “Jo” Bowens Lewis, PsyD, 2006     I’m often aware of my father’s presence in the context of working with people. He had a capacity to articulate meaning in words. He certainly was verbose, yet when he spoke, he had something to say. As a minister, he had a gift of speaking to people according to what he…read more →

Memories & Musings of JO BOWENS LEWIS, PsyD

It is with great sadness that VISIONS share the news of the life transition of Dr. Jo Bowens Lewis, Senior Associate   Jo Bowens Lewis, PsyD August 27, 1943 — July 9, 2014    Inspirational psychotherapist and change agent Josephine Bowens Lewis was born in Philadelphia, PA on August 27, 1943 to the late Bishop Joseph T. and Clara W. Bowens. Dr….read more →

Critical Success Factors for an Inclusive Diversity Initiative

Critical Success Factors for an Inclusive Diversity Initiative

Assumptions & Critical Success Factors In this article, VISIONS consultant Dr. Thomas Griggs offers an important look at what it takes to create a successful Inclusive Diversity Initiative, emphasizing the process-oriented nature of managing such a project. While presenting the extremely complex contexts that surround these initiatives, Dr. Griggs sets forth clear predictors of success observed from years of experience….read more →

Companies that Mimic Life: The New Profit Leaders

According to author Joseph Bragdon, firms that mimic living systems emphasize the importance of putting a higher value on people and nature than capital assets. With this operating principle and model of business, firms create spontaneous demand to live harmoniously and respectfully with the systems on which we all depend. These firms, Bragdon argues, have more committed employees and loyal…read more →

Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life

Through personal narrative and social psychological research, Derald Wing Sue examines the subtle biases that communicate hostile and derogatory insults toward people of color on a daily basis. Sue categorizes some common forms of microaggressions and uses the White counselor-client of color dyad to illustrate how they impair the development of therapeutic relationship, also discussing education, training and research in…read more →

The Role of Feelings in the Workplace

With the changing landscape of the global economy, this article by VISIONS consultant Felipe Garcia examines the need for more effective cross-cultural communication in the workplace. A part of this communication system, Garcia argues, is to become more understanding of the ways that our feelings are internal indicators of need or want and guides to external response. In an environment…read more →

Fear of a Brown Planet

In “Fear of a Brown Planet”, Roberto Lovato traces the emergence of a “politics of white fear” rooted in California and spreading across the country. This movement represents an attempt to “redefine who is racial victim and who is racial oppressor, neatly inverting – and co-opting – the arguments and terms of the civil rights movement.” Particularly highlighting efforts involving…read more →

White Privilege, Color and Crime: A Personal Account

In another classic article from Peggy McIntosh, white privilege is recognized and unpacked as it relates to crime, courts and the law. McIntosh points out how color seems to affect whether a person is viewed as criminal and the importance of learning to see privilege as such by broadening racial and social understandings. Download Article: White Privilege, Color, and Crime