STEPS WELL TAKEN
As we pause this week to celebrate the life of George H.W. Bush, we see a man who worked to recognize the common ground upon which something positive could be built to benefit the greater good. To do this – he chose steps that are open to all of us.
We’re challenging every United States Senator to lead by example, and to connect with a Senator from across the aisle as a symbol of their willingness to work in a bipartisan manner for the common good.
A great experiment on how to help people build empathy. Roman Krznaric talks about the launch of the Empathy Museum.
As you look down at your Common Ground shoes, take a minute to put yourself in the other shoe in an attempt to appreciate another's viewpoint.
Bringing awareness is a solid step on the journey of progress. Once started, the door starts to open to take steps that spark change. The Jordan High School Young Democrats group took matters into their own hands, charging different prices based on gender (courtesy Huffington Post).
Does your company offer equal pay for equal work? If you hire, do you provide equal pay for equal work? Everyone has a responsibility - male or female - to ensure wage equality. If you were in the other shoe, wouldn't you want to be treated equally? Think about what steps you take within your work environment to make a difference.
We don't do it intentionally. We mean no harm. But how we say things matters. In front of your classm your team, your family - how you talk about things sends a message. In families, children have remarkable "little ears" that pick up on what and how you say things. Small changes today - can make a big difference in the future.
A website called Covertheathlete.com also has noticed and recently released a video that hilariously -- yet, perfectly -- shows what would happen if male athletes were asked the type of questions their female counterparts regularly get.
Listen to yourself, and find a couple small steps that you can take to address issues of equality.
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Look at your own company or organization? What would your photo look like? The benefits of a diverse team are overwhelming - so take steps to improve your photo.
CNN's Brooke Baldwin presented "The Loneliest Club" ,members of which have been impacted by gun violence. Members express their thoughts on gun violence and the impact is has had on their lives. They share a common desire to curtail the epidemic of gun violence.
Step up. Start a conversation.
Take a stand on gun violence.
It is our responsibility to vote. It is our responsibility to let our elected officials know our expectations. If you don't vote, do you have the right to complain about the job performance of your elected local, state, and national officials?
PEOPLE's Editorial Director Jess Cagle recently used his Editor's Letter to address gun violence in America. He plea was for progress on this epidemic. PEOPLE also provided contact information for all 535 voting members of the House and Senate. Well done.
As editorial director at People, Jess could reach a large audience with the magazine. Think about what tools you have and the audience you can reach to bring awareness to issues that matter to you. How can you use them to take a STAND FOR PROGRESS?