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Introducing BCohCo: Building Cohesive Communities

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In this member blog Youssra Tellal, Marketing Coordinator of BCohCo – a Partnership member offering learning, development and consultation in Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equality (DICE) – reflects on the opportunity to unite together and apply our strength in preserving our planet.

Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equality (DICE) can pose a challenge in an increasingly diverse society. The underlying values that underpin a successful and diverse community are acceptance and respect. When there is a lack of these two elements, conflicts arise which can cause exclusion and antipathy in communities.

The unfortunate truth is that issues around ethnic and cultural differences are still a constant in 2020. After the uproar of George Floyd’s (Rest in Power) murder, it is clear people still hold prejudice against others with different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds that differ to their own and that racism is a pandemic too. Prejudice and discrimination should never be tolerated in our communities.

There are 9 protected characteristics in British Law, which BCohCo explores with the DICE Program. BCohCo offers a virtual online learning space, to develop and enhance subject awareness, providing a safe space to explore macro- and micro-, social movements affecting our communities today. Many people do not feel confident or equipped with the right tools to have these conversations. BCohCo aims to develop DICE comprehension and skills, helping organisations to approach these topics with self-reliance.

Last week BCohCo delivered a DICE Champion Program, which I took part in as a new member of the team.The course helped me to become more aware of the unconscious biases we carry around with us, like baggage. DICE has allowed me to fully comprehend that it is okay to feel uncomfortable, to be critical of ideologies we hold against others, instilled during our upbringing, provided there is a willingness to grow once these are identified.

Afterwards, I felt the need to implement my new understanding from the Program in my own life. The depth of given scenarios, the range of concepts and the wisdom of the teaching made the course a profound development experience for me. It enabled me to apply real effort in understanding the outer world and my own inner dialogue.

I realised when discussing issues relating to DICE, we usually do this with friends, family or networks in which we feel comfortable. Their values and principles often mirror our own, as ‘birds of a feather flock together’. Not realising that this normalises the deviances of our thoughts and opinions with lack of opposing views. BCohCo believes a governed, safe space where people from different walks of life, come together and respectfully and consciously challenge each others perspectives, is invaluable. The outcome is transferable skills that can be applied across professional and personal boundaries.

The Stronger and more Cohesive our communities are, the Greener and more resilient we will become. Being a part of cohesive communities nurtures one of our basic needs, as described in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs theory, from communities we gain love and belonging. When these two essentials are met, we the people can wholly reach our collective self-actualisation. The benefits of belonging to a culturally diverse community lies in unlocking the wealth of knowledge and skills that already exist. I invite you to improve your Social & Carbon footprint. When we conquer our understanding of Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equality (DICE) and realise its importance– we can unite together and apply our strength in preserving our planet.

We are looking forward to working closely with Bristol Green Capital Partnership and the Black & Green Ambassadors in the coming months.

BCohCo – offering learning, development and consultation in Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equality (DICE) – is launching officially on 1st July 2020 here in the Southwest. Please visit www.Bcohco.com to find out more or feel free to contact us directly at: admin@Bcohco.com

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