Social Scientist Kurt Lewin said, “No research without action, and no action without
research.” Too much of the current DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) approach is
insight-based instead of action-based. Even though institutional racism is identified as
the root problem, the change effort is focused on looking inward for bias instead
of taking action to eliminate institutional racism and other isms. A Lewinian approach, in
contrast, is balanced. What people think is important, but no more important than what
people do. If you bring people together to change things, this will change what
people think! We don’t need therapy nearly as much as we need action based on dialogue!
Instead of spending your energy soul-searching for evidence in your thoughts and
behaviors that you have unconscious biases, this book helps put your energy into doing
something practical about racism.
To get there, this book uses Lewin’s social science to build a framework for sorting through
the many approaches to and positions held on race, racism, diversity, and related topics.
While the framework is and must be applicable to any prejudice, systemic or individual,
the bulk of this exploration is focused on racism, which to a large degree has become the
primary social justice focus of our times. Painfully aware that conversations about race can
easily deteriorate into polarization, the author lays a path toward finding common ground.
Due out December 2022!