Tag: Simply Good

Simply Good: Beauty from Ashes

After four months of shelter-in-place (and even longer for some countries around the world), it may seem impossible to see the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. But what if we paused for a moment to look for the rays of light that are breaking through the darkness each and every day?

The mission of this month’s newsletter is to help us do just that. Against all odds, beautiful things are coming out of the ashes of this unprecedented time in world history. Though unable to meet in person, people are still uniting in spirit and purpose to care for one another in creative ways. Some businesses are focusing on their people more than their bottom line. Goodness and hope are all around us, even in the darkest of times—we just need the courage to look.

Consider these articles a jump start on your pursuit. We would love to hear about anything else you find!

Simply Good: Observing LGBT Pride and Caribbean American Heritage Month

For well over a decade, June has been home to both LGBT Pride Month and Caribbean American Heritage Month.

The Los Angeles Pride Parade celebrates its 50th anniversary this year – at a point in history that couldn’t be more timely. The parade has always taken place in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969, an uprising that took place when Marsha P. Johnson, a black, transgender woman, and other members of the LGBTQ+ community, fought against police violence and oppression. This year’s parade organizers, who originally cancelled the event because of the COVID-19 pandemic, decided instead to march in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, bringing together two movements to engender a unified voice for a common cause – to be heard and to demand change.

This June is also the 15th annual commemoration of Caribbean American Heritage Month, a time to promote the rich culture and heritage of the Caribbean people and to honor the impact they and their descendants have made on America’s history.

We wanted to take this opportunity to recognize the history and impact of both groups of people by sending you a few articles that recognize the LGBT and Caribbean American communities and their influence on the world around us.

Simply Good: When Things Are Neither Good Nor Simple

How do we begin?

To be honest, I can’t even wrap my head around the tragic death of George Floyd, let alone the events unfolding in its wake over the past week. Maybe, like me, many of you are feeling angry, discouraged, or even hopeless. Two weeks ago, we were unified in the battle against COVID-19, but currently, our country is once again being torn apart by the centuries-old evil of systemic racism. We are compelled by the weight of injustice, anger, and grief to respond, but how and where do we begin?

This special edition of Simply Good comes out of my own desire to answer that question. Cries for justice in the past week have come through the thousands of peaceful demonstrations that have taken place all over the world. We cannot let those cries be drowned out by distractions, subterfuge or misinformation. If we want to affect change, we have to be visible and we have to be heard.

I hope these articles encourage you during this time of unrest, that the future for our country — and our children — is not without hope. I’ve also included some suggestions and resources for those who want to do something simply good to help change the things that are simply not.

Simply Good: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Edition

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, which gives us the opportunity to pay tribute to generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have helped shape our nation’s history. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Unite our Nation by Empowering Equality,” a somewhat timely message, as the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has made ‘unity’ the mantra of our time.

The theme struck me. How do we empower equality? Empowered equality goes beyond equal treatment — which often disregards backgrounds and life experiences — to acknowledge and embrace differences that make our society ‘whole.’

The stories I’m sending you this month are evidence of this idea — that our unity is stronger when it’s made up of diverse parts. We hope you enjoy these stories in honor of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, whose rich history and culture have dramatically influenced our own.

Simply Good: Celebrate Diversity and Autism Awareness

I love the month of April, which is known as Celebrate Diversity Month. As you may know, honoring diversity is kind of my thing, so when there’s an entire month focused on celebrating diversity, I want to dance in the street.

April also gives us the opportunity to participate in Autism Awareness Month. Neurodiversity is finding itself increasingly in the limelight as we learn more about autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as well as how we can support those who live with the diagnosis every day.

Given the current COVID-19 crisis and stay-at-home orders, we can’t mark these occasions with the usual schedule of events. Instead, we can commit to becoming better educated. Learning more about the symptoms and realities of ASD, as well as identifying where in our workplaces or social circles we are lacking the benefits of diversity — these are the best ways to celebrate.

To that end, below are a few encouraging stories to get you started.

Simply Good: Women’s History Edition

This year marks the 33rd celebration of Women’s History Month in the United States. What started out as a day of observance in 1911 eventually became a week-long celebration in 1982. Today, countries all over the world spend 31 days each spring acknowledging the vital importance of women in history. Is it possible to fit all the historical contributions of women in a handful of weeks each year? Of course not; but any time spent looking back at what women have accomplished can only cultivate a stronger momentum for what women can—and will—do in the future. We hope you enjoy just a few of the stories that have inspired us in the last year.

Simply Good: Black History Edition

This February commemorates the United States’ 44th celebration of Black History Month. When President Gerald Ford first established its observance in 1976, he encouraged Americans to, “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” With that same spirit, we want to seize this opportunity to honor the accomplishments of just a few of the most prominent black history-changers today.

Simply Good: Holiday Edition

It’s hard to believe that 2019 is already coming to a close. At Rework Work™️ we are grateful for the opportunities we’ve had to connect and work with people around the world this year. Whether through leadership conferences and workshops or our virtual learning courses, we are thankful for every chance we’ve been given to work with people like you to increase awareness and intentionality for the sake of greater diversity in the workplace.

We are encouraged by the growing number of businesses that are prioritizing diversity and inclusion in their recruiting methodologies, and we want to pass that gift of encouragement on to you. Even though headlines tend to focus on all that is wrong in the world, we hope you’ll enjoy a few hand-picked stories to see that which is Simply Good.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!