Speaking at the conference
Wednesday, September 29, 9:00-10:00 am PST
We typically regard the experiences of one person as anecdotal, and reserve the term “data” for larger sets of results to be used in data-driven analysis and decision-making. You losing 10 lbs by only eating graham crackers for a week doesn’t warrant a submission to the New England Journal of Medicine. But what if one person at your workplace feels physically or emotionally unsafe because of the office culture? Is that enough data to work towards change? Should it be enough? The only way to gather more data is to wait for others to feel unsafe, or be hurt, and then report it. But is this necessary? Data is great, but the feeling of one valued friend, coworker, or employee should be all the data we need to start working toward safer spaces.
- Data is important but it is more than just a collection of points, but rather it is collection of personal stories.
- Data is a tool to help us identify problems, but not the only indicator of them.
- The lived experiences of people is worth as much as physical evidence and is deserved of the same energy to create a solution.