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Weekly Digest: Don't Panic Over Affirmative Action, Join the Impact Cherubs and The Flight to End Polio
AI Episode Summary
Devin and Nika discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action and its impact on academia and corporate environments.
The ruling currently only applies to higher learning institutions but could potentially affect corporate environments in the future.
Nika advises organizations to remain committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) values despite the ruling.
She recommends organizations realign their DEI strategies and have open conversations about the impact of the ruling.
Leadership should show support for DEI initiatives and not use the ruling as an excuse to abandon the work.
Nika is the author of "Inclusion Uncomplicated: A Transformative Guide to Simplify DEI," which helps individuals understand their role in fostering equity and inclusion.
She believes that resistance to DEI often stems from a lack of clarity and suggests demystifying the complexity of DEI to engage more people.
Nika emphasizes the importance of listening and asking thoughtful questions to facilitate conversations about DEI.
She advises individuals to hold the middle, appreciate nuance, and bridge divides to foster understanding and acceptance.
Nika's superpower is her ability to hold the middle, bridge gaps, and appreciate both sides to address divisions within society and organizations.
She suggests developing curiosity, active listening skills, tolerance for difference, and deliberate intention to improve listening abilities.
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AI Episode Summary
Peter Teahen and John Ockenfels completed a round-the-world trip in their Cessna airplane to raise money and awareness for the fight to end polio.
Peter had the dream to fly his plane around the world and started planning in 2018.
He approached John, who initially hesitated but eventually joined the trip.
Their original route was canceled three times due to Covid and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, so they had to plan a new southern route.
The route included stops in Newfoundland, Iceland, Europe, Crete, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Kuala Lumpur, Surabaya, Darwin, Canes, Brisbane, Pango Pango, Hawaii, Maui, and Oakland.
The trip was challenging, and they faced risks and limited communication, but they successfully completed the journey.
Their goal was to raise money for the fight against polio, as there are still cases in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
They raised over a million dollars before their departure and believe they raised another half million along the route.
They emphasized the importance of polio eradication and the need for continued vaccinations and funding.
Their trip was a spiritual journey, and they were inspired by the support and dedication they witnessed in communities affected by polio.
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Léa is a Sr. Investment Analyst at KingsCrowd who writes the company’s impact investing monthly article, providing investors with the best impact investing deals and market insights. She previously worked for Stanford’s accelerator, StartX, and led the first award-winning study on the Malawian startup ecosystem. She holds a degree in Anthropology from France and studies at UC Davis, working toward an MBA.