on social responsibility

[originally published June 8, 2020 on IG]

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


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Although I am no longer active in public service through journalism, the goal of social impact has never left my heart.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






[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].