Everyone knows how it feels to not belong — to be "othered."
Some are othered because of the way they look, some because of
their socioeconomic status or even their beliefs. Othering can
happen to anyone, based on any of their identities or experiences,
and it holds us all back.
The effects of belonging are just as powerful. When we treat each
other with mutual respect and support, and work together across
our differences to shape our world and our future, the
possibilities of what we can do are truly limitless.
It has been my privilege to lead Google’s equity-building
efforts, and I see belonging as a natural progression of this
work. We're inspired by the work of john a. powell, a
distinguished expert on belonging, and the Othering &
Belonging Institute, as we move into this next chapter of our
journey: building a world where everyone can belong.
As the maker of products used by billions of people every day, we
see this as a core responsibility. To deliver, we're focused on
the areas where we can have the greatest impact: building
belonging at work, in our products, and in society. Because the
barriers people experience look different in different places,
we’ve first applied this approach to our work in the U.S.
and look forward to building on what we learn as we extend it
around the world.
A world where everyone belongs is one we can only build together.
We are grateful for what we've learned from our partners, and
hopeful that in sharing it, we can help others accelerate their
progress as well. In that spirit, here are five principles guiding
our work that we’ve picked up from john and the Othering
& Belonging Institute: