Many thanks to all who joined the kick-off to our new series, “Core Conversations,” this week! Aimed at raising awareness, understanding, and action for the issues that profoundly impact our community, each Core Conversation will examine a Global Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) within our local context, provide space to reflect, challenge our assumptions, and explore potential solutions to society’s wicked problems.
We intentionally kicked off our new “Core Conversations” series this week in honor of Juneteenth — “America’s Second Independence Day” — to shed light on racial discrimination and share ideas on how we can work to reduce inequalities (SDG 10) and promote decent work and economic growth (SDG 8) for all. Most importantly, we hope it moves you to reflect on your own role in your community, learn why black lives matter, and explore what you can do to be the change for racial equity and social justice.
Today’s conversations — inspired by John Lewis’s quote, “If Not Us, Then Who? If Not Now, Then When?” explored how race and racism impact systemic and generational health, social, and economic outcomes; and shared how members from Impact Hub Baltimore, Impact Hub Boston, and Impact Hub New York Metropolitan Area are working to improve those outcomes. Our speakers included Phillip Yates (Attorney, Equiliberty Founder/CEO, The Diversity Fund Co-Founder, Impact Hub Houston Board Chair); Kelvin D. Lyons Jr. (“What’s Good, Bro?” podcast Co-Host); Kerry Bowie (Msaada Partners Managing Partner); Karen Brown Stovell (Forward Ever Executive Director); and Michelle Avalos (Impact Hub Houston Director of Operations).
We were able to record the conversation with Phillip so you can learn about his experiences as a “First Generation Black American” and how that inspires and impacts who he is and what he does: https://youtu.be/AjFiVQrWJIU
In honor of Juneteenth this Friday, you’re invited to continue learning from black perspectives through a variety of virtual talks, performances, workshops and celebrations led by black organizations across the country. We’ve curated a few highlights on our calendar — https://bit.ly/juneteenth2020events — notably:
- JusticeCon: A Path Toward Freedom – Featuring some of America’s most prominent black leaders
- LULAC Unity Rally
- Beyond Resilience: Tulsa, Juneteenth, and the Importance of Black Stories
- Communication in the Black Lives Matter Era
- The Healing Project and Restoring Justice: Circle for Justice to “heal the healers”
We are putting our Core Values to the test to reflect, re-examine, and re-imagine who we are and who we want to be as a community, so we can see where we fall short and strategize how we should move forward. We hope you’ll continue to join us on this journey!
If you have topics you’d like us to explore, please let us know on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. And if you’d like to connect with other Impact Hubs around the country, you can find links to them through our map at https://houston.impacthub.net/globalnetwork/.
Be safe and well!
In community and solidarity,
Grace and Michelle
Impact Hub Houston
P.S. Here’s a round-up of links and resources from the event, for your reference:
Initiatives, organizations and resources to learn from, support, and take action on:
- Justice in June
- Racism in Healthcare (Thanks to Enventure for sharing this one!)
- HBR: Businesses Must Take Meangingful Action Against Racism
- Female Founders Fund: Anti-Racist Resource Guide for the Tech & VC Community
- Racial Equity Tools
- Act to Change – Solidarity Resources
- Equiliberty – Where Building Our Community is Building Wealth
- The Diversity Fund – Investing in Minority Founders
- CLLCTIVLY – A Black-Led Solidarity Fund
- Msaada Partners – Empowering Communities of Color
- Forward Ever Sustainable Business – Helping Communities Connect & Thrive
- PPE For The People – Protecting Workers and Communities of Color
Impact Hub Baltimore: https://baltimore.impacthub.net/stories-2/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/impacthubbalt/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/impacthub_baltimore/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/impacthubbalt
Impact Hub Boston: https://impacthubboston.net/Boston/boston-region/black-lives-matter/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ImpactHubBOS/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/impacthubbos/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/ImpactHubBOS
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/impacthubhouston
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/impacthubhouston
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/impacthubhou
Impact Hub New York Metropolitan Area: https://newyork.impacthub.net/
What’s Good, Bro? (WGB?):
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WGBPodcast/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wgbpodcast/
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC34O6Dzzhdf7tIBjSWbPQWw
Many thanks to our peers around the world — including Impact Hub Zurich, Impact Hub Manila, and all of our Impact Hub fam around the world — for standing beside us in denouncing racism, xenophobia, prejudice and bigotry in all forms!