Your Culture is Killing You

Taped Shut Bronze Angel, 2019
Patina bronze
25 x 16 x 18 inches

If you’ve brushed up against corporate hiring practices lately, you’ve probably encountered the concept of Culture Fit—the idea that you should screen job applicants so that you only hire people whose beliefs and behaviors will integrate smoothly into your organization. It’s true that hiring people who don’t integrate well with your company culture can be highly disruptive. If you bring highly-competitive people into a highly-collaborative environment, or order-takers into an […]

Dear CEO: Your Feel-Good Diversity Initiative is Undermined By Every Other Way You’re Doing Business

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Last week, I sat in huge ballroom full of entrepreneurs and cringed as a white male CEO gave a TED-style talk on how he solved diversity. Yeah, that happened. You see, he has realized his business – oh! also his industry – oh oh! also his city – were too white and too male, and so he co-launched an initiative to place a one person of color as a paid […]

Mixed-Race with a White Identity

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What happens when a mixed race child only has a white identity and then goes out into the world? I have spent my entire life straddling many worlds culturally, socially and racially. I am a mixed race woman and I am in a family of transracial adoption. (Transracial adoption means adopting children of a different race). My biological mother was a white woman from Dallas, Texas. My birth father was […]

The Elephant in the Climate Change Room

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2018 may well have been the wake-up call for human-caused climate change, which dominated news cycles for most of the year. Multiple climate study reports released in late November elevated the call to action as a clarion cry, sharp and urgent. When 97% of the world’s climate scientists reach a consensus that the extreme climate changes associated with the Arthropocene are caused in part or heavily accelerated and amplified by […]

Life is What Happens While You Were Making Other Plans

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“Where do you see yourself in five years?” This question is so common, it’s become an interview cliché. But the first time I was asked, I didn’t know about any of that, I was simply unprepared. I didn’t have a good answer, nor did I want to. Five years seemed like forever, and I hadn’t been living with any kind of long-term plans. I was 28 years old, supporting my […]

Art in the Interactive: What is the Nature of “Our” Space?

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Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Chief of Program and Pedagogy at YBCA—and newly-appointed Vice President and Artistic Director of Social Impact at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.—will use his wisdom and words as Moderator of the ‘re:home’ For Freedoms Town Hall, Saturday, December 15 from 6-8pm, to explore the question “How do creatives show up as humanitarians within the context of democracy?”   Sergio De […]

re:home: Exploring Place and Identity

Julio César Morales, Boy In Suitcase

Julio César Morales, Boy in Suitcase, 2013, HD animation video with sound, 3:33 minutes, Edition of 3 + 2AP, Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco. Brian Singer/ someguy, Untitled (Driftwood), 75” w x 60” h x 5” d, Driftwood, acrylic, cotton flags, 2018. Singer uses the flags from the five countries the United States has granted asylum to the largest number of refugees from the past […]

The Day Rosa Parks Went Viral

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As I have continued making my way through Charles Duhigg’s excellent book The Power of Habit, I happened upon a very interesting anecdote about Rosa Parks. Most of us have heard that name and one specific story about the woman that is taught to us in our history books which is that she did not get up when asked to by a white passenger and was eventually arrested. BUT What […]

Featured Artists: re:home

Mark Baugh-Sasaki, Between Landscape and Memory (1105-D)

This month, we feature re:home, a For Freedoms exhibition exploring the plight of political and social refugees, examining sanctuary city, homelessness, and the flight of the creative class intersect in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit re:home Dec. 1 – 29 at Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco  Opening reception on Saturday, December 1 from 5-8pm. Family + Community Day on Saturday December 8 from 11am-2pm will feature free art-making workshops + interventions. For Freedoms […]

December 2018: Impact

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A lot of lip service is paid to giving back; to what’s wrong, who’s responsible, who needs help, and how to help them. But how much action is being taken? My hunch is that the ratio of talk:action is wildly disproportionate. This month, we explore what our impact is on our clients and on our community at large. At Pregame HQ, every year, quarter, and month, we set Impact goals. Often […]