What we're all about.
Imagine you want to begin a journey to the North Pole. You reach into your pocket, pull out your compass, and follow the needle, right? Wrong. To get to the North Pole, or “true north,” simply following your compass needle won't work. You need to have learned and understand the difference between magnetic north—where your compass is pointing—and true north, your actual destination. This is why the term true north has become synonymous with knowing the right path.
True North EDI was founded on the belief that through deep and informed reflection on the ways that identity, history, and power intersect and impact our lives, individuals and organizations can identify a true north that leads to lasting and meaningful change.
What we mean when we say. . .
Equity means giving people what they need to be successful. The goal of equity is a world where identity factors like race, gender identity, and sexuality (to name a few) don't determine or correlate to how one fares. This requires a deep education and understanding of the systems, practices, and beliefs that are designed to produce and maintain power for a select group, and ultimately, create inequitable outcomes.
TN:EDI's primary focus is diversity along the lines of race, gender identity, and sexuality. Our work around diversity is guided by a line of inquiry which includes questions like: Who is in the room? Who makes vital decisions? Who is being asked to clean up? Whose voice is heard most often? Whose perspective is most valued?
When it comes to the work of disrupting and dismantling systems of inequity—but also as it relates to any dream humankind can dream for itself—we are more powerful together than alone. Interdependence is this theory in action. Rather than 'inclusion' which implies a group with power is including those without, interdependence relies on alliance and partnership where power is shared and a point of constant reflection.