National Inclusion Week is hugely significant to us here at Ethical Stationery. Like the town we live in, we are a diverse bunch here, and we relish in our diversity. Our strength and our creativity come from our different experiences, backgrounds and cultures. 2020 has been a year so far; we all have felt and seen the far-reaching consequences of a year that has taken away our sense of reality and control.This year has brought more than one pandemic to the surface. Covid is making us face up to economic, environmental and racial sicknesses that have been simmering for years. Now is the time to start addressing them. But for all the negatives, for all the physical isolation, we have learned the difference between proximity and distance. We might not touch each other, but we’ve all grown to realise how others touch our lives. Let us use this moment to see each other as extensions of ourselves and celebrate our difference, no matter our background, gender, race, age, religion, abilities or finances.
If you want to go fast – go alone. If you want to go far – go together – African ProverbInclusion means addressing issues of ageism, poverty, gender, race, and homelessness. With the help of our many incredible customers, we have been helping people at the margins of society. We don’t do handouts, but we do try and offer a hand up. We have been doing that by donating PPE to care homes, food packages to rough sleepers, and giving work to those struggling financially and mentally. Here at Ethical Stationery, our desire to construct a social economy comes from working with people treated as lesser; less than equal, less than we would treat ourselves, less than human. We wanted to use National Inclusion Week as a space to build an attitude of equality, creativity and positivity. We are hosting a virtual Inclusion Summit Teams meeting to explore this further, and share experiences. If you would like to join us at this meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and title your mail National Inclusion Week. We offer a heartfelt thank you to our fellow travellers on this journey that inspire us all to keep our hearts open. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts. On behalf of us all at Team Ethstat, Sasha and Sarah
We are creating a pledge wall, where we promise to do something kind for someone else in the spirit of Each One, Reach One. Please join us and submit your Pledge in the comments below!