Local action

One of the organizations we volunteer with is our local chapter of the NAACP. Allison, in fact, was asked to be the Assistant Secretary, supporting the amazing Phyllis Mack Horton, a local icon of activism. Allison will be officially installed in that capacity on Feb 25, 2021. There is, as LaTarndra Strong, President of the chapter would say, “plenty of work to do” here in our own neck of the woods.

Whatever your situation, our hope is that you can find ways to volunteer locally, regionally, nationally or internationally to advance racial justice issues, equity, peace and human rights. If you want to know more about how we at Red Fern are supporting non-profits and civic groups, let us know. We’d be happy to have a virtual cup of coffee and discuss!

7 Myths of Racial Equity

Had a great time talking with Dr. Randal Pinkett – author of the 7 Myths of Racial Equity – and Adam Pacifico, host of The Leadership Enigma podcast. Randal breaks down his 7 Myths of Racial Equity on Youtube. This was a collaborative conversation about the links to leadership and learning / education.


NASBA Certified!

I’m thrilled to write that the Through My Eyes virtual reality immersion and the Diversity and Inclusion Accelerator program have been recognized and certified by NASBA (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy) for CPE (continuing professional education) credits! Many thanks to our colleagues at BCT Partners for making this happen, and to our clients who keep us sharp 🙂

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Going Virtual – #3

Defining some terms!

I realized after writing #1 and #2 that there are differing uses of the terms ‘virtual’ and ‘digital’. I’d like to offer the following – even if just to help you, dear reader, interpret my posts!

Virtual:  Simulating a place or process that would otherwise be physical. 

So think of the terms ‘virtual learning’, ‘virtual world’, ‘virtual reality’, ‘virtual meeting’ or ‘virtual office’. In each case we are describing a substitute for an otherwise physical, in-place location or process enabled by physical elements.

I’m a bit of a word geek as well, and I’ll note that the root of ‘virtual’ is from the Latin terms ‘virtus’ and ‘virtualis’, which is defined as “possessing certain virtues”. I think we may agree that any of the virtual solutions we are considering should be examined for their particular pedagogical ‘virtues’!

Digital / digitization / digitalization:  The application of digital technologies to existing (analog / physical) objects, systems and processes, following a particular strategy.

I note that people writing about this have not agreed a particular term, and often use these interchangeably. I am not fussed about which term.  I am, however, quite fussed about the last piece of my definition – ‘following a particular strategy.’

I added this because far too often we see the leap to digital technologies to create virtual solutions with little or no thought as to strategy. Strategy, in my view, operates in two layers:

  • Design and Pedagogical Strategy: Are there particular technologies that fit the design specification – what the end user or participant will get most value from? What is your pedagogical strategy for achieving the stated learning outcomes, and what digital tools best fit that strategy?
  • Corporate / Organizational Strategy: Is there an imperative to reduce the carbon impact within the organization? Are there particular technologies that make strategic sense for the organization in terms of investment and application? Are there tools that have already been built, provisioned or purchased? How can we make the most out of these?

My belief is that design and pedagogical strategy should lead the way, informing corporate and organizational strategy (most often).