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on social responsibility

[originally published June 8, 2020 on IG]


What does it mean to be a "socially responsible business?"⁣⁣⁣

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I have been probing this question since last year, which is when I decided that I was going to focus on working with entrepreneurs who are committed to real social change.


When I was a journalist, being socially responsible meant going beyond mainstream narratives. Some of the most memorable stories I did were about everyday folks who had lived through what seemed like insurmountable obstacles-- serious illness, gun violence, and sexual violence.


Although I am no longer active in public service through journalism, the goal of social impact has never left my heart.


I believe it is our duty as individuals (business owner or not) to stand up for Black lives and racial justice, not just now, but always. The current moment presents a unique opportunity for change because so much of the world's attention is focused on it, but it should 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 have taken the death of so many Black Americans 𝘢𝘯𝘥 a pandemic for collective outrage.


I particularly challenge business owners to go beyond the low-hanging fruit -- like symbolic hashtags, black squares -- and become active advocates for change.⁣⁣


How can we possibly accept our current system, which lets the people we are supposed to trust most get away with murder?


What does social responsibility mean to you?

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[Card pictured is from a game called Disruptus. I chose this card because we're all players in this system and we have a choice about what we do next].

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