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Dowshan Humzah
You don't stand a chance, if you don't take a chance.
You don't stand a chance, if you don't take a chance.
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One of the best illustrations of privilege - you do not need to be royalty to be born blessed. The UK, on the whole, still remains a divided society based on privilege and money – where an individual’s family background and social origins generally determine their future more than other factors."Privilege is invisible to those who have benefited from it."

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Our latest episode of 2 Dope Boys & a Podcast is a look forward. We are joined by some of the smartest people we know to offer ideas and themes that will be important in 2017. Provocative musings to kick start your year! Thanks to our contributors Rob Fields Biz Ghormley Hyun Kim Georgette Pierre Rodrigo Dos Reis Dowshan Humzah Tia Kansara Grant McCracken Lee-Sean Huang Mark Boles Lina Srivastava and of course yours truly, brother in dopeness Michael Brooks and super producer Matt Lech

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"It is possible for people to be united by their ideals, instead of divided by their differences; that it's possible for hearts to change and old hatreds to pass; that it's possible for the sons and daughters of former colonies to sit here as members of this great Parliament, and for the grandson of a Kenyan who served as a cook in the British Army to stand before you as President of the United States."
It will be a long time before we see someone of such "...dignity, determination and distinction..." make such a positive impact and achieve so much during eight years when many are wishing for failure, putting roadblocks and discrimination in place given the multiple layers of that individual’s identity.

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Funding aside, how do we solve the challenges that face our NHS? 1) Improve the quality and diversity (based on merit) of those leading all aspects of our health service to reflect our society and clinicians' needs; 2) Ensure clinicians and medical professionals (not directors or managers) make the primary decisions regarding care based on their professional training; and 3) Remove the politics from the service i.e. from both politicians and unions (we wish...).
However, in the week that the Red Cross claimed of a 'humanitarian crisis' in our NHS and numerous medical professionals and organisations agreed - I was reminded of this response (see attached image) to me regarding merit and diversity and how many people can advance regardless of merit but more on preference.
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The James Brown song ‘It's a Man's Man's Man's World' may be so chauvinistic and the inferred truism of the lyrical meaning is only mildly tempered by “But it would be nothing, nothing Without a women or a girl”. Betty Jean Newsome, who is listed as James Brown's co-writer, contests that she was wholly responsible for the lyrics and based them on her own observations of the relations between the genders. Also, some worrying insights from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media on the impact of media on reality.

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Women are significantly under-represented in the upper echelons of most professions, industries and organisations. This article highlights some of the findings from The London School of Economics' Institute of Public Affairs project titled Above the Parapet. This explored the experiences of high profile women in public life and how the lessons learned can benefit women who follow; it was focused on four sectors associated with having authority or influence in public life: politics, diplomacy, academia and civil society.
#inclusion #diversity #genderequality #equality #100women

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Women are significantly under-represented in the upper echelons of most professions, industries and organisations and the progress of gender equality remains slow, with women still lacking many equal rights and equal pay, even in what we would class as the ‘developed western world’. As a consequence, women can be called ‘the minority majority’.

#inclusion #diversity #genderequality #equality #100women 

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Board Apprentice is championed as a solution as part of two UK Government reviews into board diversity: http://bit.ly/BAUKreviews

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London maybe a melting pot but it is actually the most diverse yet least socially integrated city in the UK... My thoughts, post the Mayor of London’s conference on building better integrated and more cohesive communities http://bit.ly/LondonSI

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A resonant quote from Lord Paul Myners, former ‘City Minister’ at tonight’s London Business School's Leadership Institute presentation with Harvey Nash Group plc - Beyond governance: the future of boards in a diverse, digital world: “We want mavericks, we definitely want some mavericks and we certainly should not punish them. Dissension is not disloyalty... A good board meeting is a conversation, not a series of presentations!”
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