New Brunswick innovator says achieving your goal starts with your game plan
Posted on November 01, 2021 | BY STEPHANIE GOUGH | 0 Comments
New Brunswick incubator says achieving your goal depends on how well you plan to get there
Bias is a hard thing to root out.
It’s amorphous. Invisible to its carrier, it seeps into the nooks and crannies not only of the individual mind, but also of collective thought, and products of that collective such as business. Unchecked, it becomes systemic. It’s hard to change what you cannot see. Recognizing bias requires a leap from one thought pattern to another. Often what is needed is a complete system overhaul. In Spain, a colloquial expression has become popular that describes this switch—cambiar de chip, or change of chip. And so, this is an article about systems: systemic racism, systemic oppression, systemic change, systemic growth and systemic support.
American business guru Peter Drucker said you can’t manage what you don’t measure. Saint John’s MESH/diversity, which uses behavioural metrics to help companies drive positive change in diversity and inclusion, might say you cannot see what you don’t measure.
In the past, anti-racism and anti-oppression training was often a one-and-done endeavour, which rarely enacted lasting change within the culture of an organization, says MESH/diversity co-founder and CEO Mike Wright.
When Wright, a UNB computer science graduate from Woodstock, N.B., whose background was in “straddling that line between business and product and software, and helping bring those ideas to life,” met up with Dr. Leeno Karumanchery, an academic with decades of ground-breaking work in emotional intelligence and diversity, they set about to change this.
In 2013, MESH/diversity was founded. The company’s co-founders knew social oppression was a systemic issue, and their solution must address the mechanisms that drive, maintain and reproduce that system. “When we came together, we wanted to systematize the work that Leeno had been doing. Diversity too often hung off the side of someone’s desk or was siloed in a D&I group, but it needs to be woven through the entire tapestry of the organization to drive change,” says Wright.
The result was an outcome-based, metrics-driven Diversity Intelligence™️ platform to systematically address the unconscious attitudes and behaviours shaping culture in any organization. Leveraging Dr. Karumanchery’s expertise in behavioural science and Wright’s background in software development, they brought science to diversity and inclusion by engineering a platform that would bring lasting change to corporate culture, and which promises not only a guided tour of oneself but also a new path forward.
In the past, anti-racism and anti-oppression training was often a one-and-done endeavour, which rarely enacted lasting change within the culture of an organization.
– Mike Wright, Co-founder & CEO, MESH/diversity
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