Enhancing diversity and inclusion at Fair Vote Canada : transforming organizational culture
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This action-oriented research inquiry explored how Fair Vote Canada (FVC) might enhance diversity and improve inclusivity throughout the non-profit organization. Framed through a system-thinking lens of transformational change and applying the participatory and appreciative action and reflection (PAAR) methodology, the inquiry engaged volunteers from FVC in an ideation workshop and a modified future search workshop. Participants shared perspectives on the present state of the organization, co-created ideas of the ideal future state, and suggested strategies to implement transformational change within FVC. Thematic analysis of data insights suggests opportunities for leadership at all levels of the organizational hierarchy, in such aspects as communications, volunteer recruitment, orientation and engagement, external partnerships, education and training, and organizational culture. Five recommendations emerged from these conclusions providing specific calls to action with illustrative examples. Finally, the inquiry recommends further applied research on communication and engagement strategies as related to successful diversity and inclusion initiatives, the impacts of participatory research on volunteer engagement, and the further expansion of the PAAR methodology.
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