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What Burning Man Taught Me About Belonging - SPC 2019 Diversity & Inclusion

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Belonging is when others take the time to know you, take care of you and include you for all the things you are. This word also means when you feel welcome, included and a part of the team. We spend over half our lives in our workplaces. Feeling like you belong in your company is a large part of getting up out of bed and knowing the contributions you make will be heard and respected. Join Heather Newman, Microsoft MVP and CMO of Content Panda to hear how Burning Man and the SharePoint Community taught her about belonging and steps you can take in your role to be a leader in helping others feel like they belong. Building community starts with how we treat each other.

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What Burning Man Taught Me About Belonging - SPC 2019 Diversity & Inclusion

  1. 1. Tweet this Talk @heddanewman @contentpanda @SPSNashville #SPSNashville https://medium.com/@heddanewman Heather Newman https://www.slideshare.net/HeatherNewman
  2. 2. What is Belonging? Belonging is what allows people to feel like they can be their authentic selves without fear of different treatment or punishment. It can also mean a close or intimate relationship. In a business setting it has a major impact on performance and retention.
  3. 3. Burning Man is an annual week-long experiment in temporary community. Location: The Black Rock Desert just outside of Reno, Nevada in the United States It traditionally culminates with the burning of a large wooden sculpture of a man. What is Burning Man?
  4. 4. Photo by Stephane Lanoux
  5. 5. Photo by Stephane Lanoux
  6. 6. PhotosbyStephaneLanoux
  7. 7. The New Kid
  8. 8. Why Do We Leave People Out? Fear (Lizard Brain) Loss of standing/falling out of favor Jealousy Accidentally forgetting
  9. 9. My personal definition of Belonging is: when others take the time to know you take care of you and include you for all the things you are I also believe it is about being welcoming, open and inclusionary.
  10. 10. A Light in the Dark
  11. 11. Radical Inclusion Gifting Decommodification Radical Self-Reliance Radical Self-Expression The 10 Principles of Burning Man Communal Effort Civic Responsibility Leave No Trace Participation Immediacy
  12. 12. Radical Inclusion Radical Self-Expression Communal Effort
  13. 13. Radical Self-Expression Photo by Stephane Lanoux
  14. 14. Radical Inclusion Cr�me Brulee 2018 - organized by French Burners - Burning Man France
  15. 15. Communal Effort
  16. 16. It's not just you We are all struggling in one way or another Do not judge your insides by other people's outsides Why belonging is important? Photo by Stephane Lanoux
  17. 17. The Diversity And Inclusion Tech Community Toolkit has been put together to help technical communities, worldwide, to have a set of templates to help them to imbue Diversity and Inclusion in community events. The Diversity And Inclusion Tech Community Toolkit will have a number of reusable template for user communities to adopt, regardless of the technology involved. The Diversity And Inclusion Tech Community Toolkit is not vendor specific. https://github.com/datarelish/DiversityAndInclusionToolkit Diversity And Inclusion Community Toolkit
  18. 18. Burning Man: www.burningman.com Magic, I,Robot, Radical Inclusion - Photos by Stephane Lanoux www.stephanelanoux.com https://www.instagram.com/slanoux/
  19. 19. Heather Newmam CMO, Co-Founder, Maven, Speaker Heather.newman@contentpanda.com Panda Blog: https://www.contentpanda.com/blog/ Marketing Blog: www.creativemaven.com/blog Twitter & Instagram: @heddanewman Podcast: www.mavensdoitbetter.com

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