Join us on Sunday, October 10th for our next public FACTUALITY facilitation, featuring special guest and two time Best-Selling author,
Ticket sales start on Monday, September 20th. Visit this link https://lnkd.in/dPCTfvW for additional details.
Learn more about our special guest, Minda Harts, here.
Thank you, Georgia College, for including FACTUALITY in your Residence Life training.
We were invited back after our initial session in 2019, due to the students request to participate in the FACTUALITY program again. There were a handful of students who had already played and many of them even remembered their character from two years prior.
This is Katy Mangold. She was the FIRST person to hire me for a FACTUALITY facilitation and she means so very much to me
I nervously launched the FACTUALITY program, back in 2017, and when she gave me a chance, she also gave me permission to dream BIG.
Here we are, five years later, bringing the program to another group of student leaders.
Forever grateful for you, Katy.
In person FACTUALITY facilitations have officially resumed!
Schedule your in person facilitation today!
We have reached tens of thousands of people across the globe... over 40,000 to be exact.
Here's what a few of our past participants had to say. Read more participant feedback here. Schedule a demo of the FACTUALITY program here.
Thank you so much for the (continued) support.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth, an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, has been celebrated by African-Americans since the late 1800s.
A History Detour
On June 19, 1865, about two months after the Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Va., Gordon Granger, a Union general, arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved African-Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. General Granger’s announcement put into effect the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued more than two and a half years earlier on Jan. 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln.
The holiday received its name by combining June and 19. The day is also sometimes called “Juneteenth Independence Day,” “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day.”
Where are we now?
But despite the fights of our forefathers, many individuals are still trapped by the system due to their race, class, gender, faith, sexual orientation, age, and ability.
Many individuals and nonprofit organizations have taken leadership to bring awareness to the various levels of racism, discrimination, and structured inequalities that exists in our communities. But there are still many leaders in government, schools and the workplace who lack the training, or education to have a significant impact on changing the system.
How can we progress?
Changing or implementing a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion is no small feat. There are layers and levels that have to be reached to ensure each person understands their individual and organizational impact. It can be overwhelming.
Take just the first step.
Involve rather than dictate.
Open their eyes.
Let them see from another person's perspective.
Xun Kuang, a Chinese Confucian philosopher once said:
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
FACTUALITY doesn’t only tell or teach participants about structured inequalities; the experience engages and involves each individual and challenges them to step into another person's shoes.
FACTUALITY allows individuals to simulate, discuss and unpack the structural limitations and advantages that coincide with various intersecting identities.
In honor of Juneteenth and to truly celebrate every American's freedom, take one step - one action. Reach out and learn more about FACTUALITY and how this experience can help steer your group in the right direction to progress.
How Companies are Making Changes to Address Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
by Deidre Osei
For many, the protests of the summer of 2020 have shed light on many racial and gender inequalities in our society. The rise of incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning and bullying against the Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community has increased the level of urgency needed.
Both have highlighted the need to carefully consider how diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are navigated in the world of work and acknowledge everyone’s perspectives on race, class, gender, sexual orientation, faith, ability and age.
How have companies made changes to address these issues?
An increasing number of companies and business leaders are feeling the pressure to make public statements about their commitment to diversity. Some, for example, have supported non-profit organizations and community groups that are actively advocating for equality and working to combat discrimination and cultural bias.
While dedicated funds are a crucial step in promoting a DEI-forward environment, several companies are missing the mark by not dealing internally with racial bias issues as well. Many employees feel that public efforts to promote greater equity and inclusion are not necessarily consistent with the company's internal practices or culture, especially in certain industries.
To address this, there is a competence that is crucial for businesses to implement in their diversity training at the workplace.
Cultural Competence. A company’s understanding and knowledge of different cultures and perspectives.
The more different cultures and backgrounds work together, the more cultural competency training is needed to avoid miscommunication, conflict, and stunted productivity.
Just the FACTS by FACTUALITY is a facilitated dialogue, crash course, and virtual interactive experience that simulates real life experiences in America. It is played with a rich group of diverse characters that encounter a series of fact based advantages and limitations based on the intersection of their race, class, gender, sexual orientation, faith, ability and age.
We have worked with over 37,000 program participants, helping them to:
To be competitive today in recruiting, companies need to prioritize DEI. Data shows clearly that DEI is a priority for workers and job seekers, with 50% of current employees wanting their company to commit more energy toward promoting diversity. Furthermore, 67% of people on the job market stated that racial and gender diversity is an important factor in their job search.
Interested in experiencing FACTUALITY? Let us schedule a demo so that we can learn about your company and your specific needs and consider joining us at our next public facilitation; 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Stop AAPI Hate.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is usually a time that we recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.
With the rise of incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning and bullying against the AAPI community, we urge you to consider taking the time, particularly this month to learn about US history and ask about how AAPIs have played a role in shaping this country.
We will be donating 100% of the proceeds from the next public FACTUALITY facilitation to Stop AAPI Hate to effectively address anti-Asian racism by working to end all forms of structural racism leveled at Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color.
Tickets go on sale on Monday, May 10th at noon and can be purchased here.
The FACTUALITY team continues to grow! Meet our newest member, Deidre Osei.
Deidre Osei (pronounced Daydream without the 'm') started her career in supporting small and medium-sized companies through the creation of business and marketing plans as they expanded their operations regionally, nationally, and internationally. Continuing her journey, Deidre invested in social impact strategy; implementing the processes and systems to help grow the philanthropic division at Alex and Ani, which donated over $50 Million in seven years.
She is the Founder of Avidli, a social impact marketing agency that collaborates with purpose-driven brands to create meaningful marketing strategies that focus on collaboration and building impactful communities.
Deidre now serves FACTUALITY as the Social Impact Marketing Manager and we are thrilled to have her on board!