At Astrolabe Group, we are always curious and wanting to learn. We also want to share our own insights, knowledge and experiences to make a positive impact for people and places. A lot of the time this is done by organising, attending or participating in events. We've been noticing at some events we attend that unfortunately, the room still looks a little too similar.
The team at Astrolabe got together and explored what we could do to promote diversity. We decided to design a pledge to guide our behaviour when organising or participating in events.
We pledge to actively contribute to the diversity of voices and contributions to events.
We will do this by
Why we’re doing this
Change doesn’t happen unless we all contribute to shifting behaviours:
At all events, Astrolabe wants to hear from diverse perspectives that open up a wider range of ideas and experiences that all people can benefit from.
Visible role models help to breakdown entrenched systems where we have seen an over representation, particularly of men, being asked to present or participate in panel as the ‘expert’.
Without the opportunity for many to be recognised as experts, we will all miss out on increased depth of knowledge and empathy towards experiences different from our own.
We would love to hear what others are doing to create change and we will make sure to update you on the progress of our own diversity pledge.
Belinda Campbell Comninos is the CEO of Astrolabe Group where she works with clients to understand and embed user perspectives. She proudly works with a multi-disciplinary team of varied ages, cultural backgrounds, part time and full time, parents and a pottery artist.