There are many differences that contribute to keeping business relationships inauthentic or surface. These can be based upon race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, culture, geography and many other things. Building deeper connections across difference or perceived difference at a level that is real, deep and, often, challenging is a frontier in building team, customer, vendor and other key stakeholders that will continue to become more and more crucial in our global economy and quickly diversifying business world. Corey applies the methodology he created for his Authentic Conversations About Race program to differences of various types. This methodology has been used with great success to facilitate deep, intimate and powerful conversations for business organizations, colleges (for students and faculty) and community groups including at the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa in 2001 in which black and white South Africans had one-one-one open, intimate and meaningful Authentic Conversations About Race not long after the fall of apartheid.
This project has supported more than 1000 people to gain deeper understanding and connection through one-on-one intimate and personal cross-cultural conversations about race.
Often there is a fear of sensitivity around race and people do not openly talk with people of other races, cultures or ethnicities. For many of us, we believe that these fears and inhibitions rob us of the opportunity to learn, gain insight, grow and create a more connected, understanding and loving world.
These project materials as one of many tools that can be used to help foster constructive dialogue and transform the current paradigm.