Category: Opinion

Experience Sharing

Life in Times of COVID-19 | Ka Man Mak

My roots come from Hong Kong, so when the outbreak happened there, my relatives were already warning me to prepare for the outbreak here in Norway. I was mentally prepared for what was to come, as I was monitoring what is going on in East Asia. My relatives had lived through SARS.  The coronavirus pandemic

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Diversify News and Events

How to Monetise your Passion with Raja Skogland

On March 27, we launched our digital series on ‘Business Startup 101‘ to see join more segments in this series click here. The first segment in this series was on “How to Monetise Your Passion” with Raja Skogland. Raja Skogland is passionate about entrepreneurship and hardwired with a drive to see people succeed. She believes that

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Diversify News and Events

Reflection: Mental Health in Times of Relocation & Unemployment

On March 5, 2020, we had an event to address the mental health challenges people face when they relocate to a new country. We called it, Mental Health in Times of Relocation and Unemployment. At this session we gathered together a diverse panelist made up of generous minds, who shared openly, vulnerably and pragmatically. Our

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Diversify News and Events

Network for Work has Gone Digital!

In the fall of 2019, we profiled Nikol Mard, Founder extraordinaire of Network for Work (NfW), an organisation that works to accelerate professional opportunities for internationals in Norway. We remain inspired fans of Nikol Mard and NfW – we have collaborated with them on various events so far and we plan to continue to do

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Diversify News and Events

Summary of Diversify’s Event with Network for Work

Event name: How to Showcase and Leverage your Skills in the Norwegian Job MarketCo-hosts: Diversify and Network for WorkDate: August 28, 2019 This very interesting and engaging event was broken up into two main parts. The first part was a 40-minute panel session moderated by the brilliant Michell Mpike. And the second part was a

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Opinion

How to Create Emotionally Safe & Judgement Free Spaces

I recently picked up a book on diversity at the bookstore and barely four chapters in, I have made several notes – mental and written – on thoughts to further explore. One of my basic constructs of diversity (as I understand it) is that while we are seemingly different, if we listened and empathized without

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Experience Sharing

That Log in Your Eyes – On Diversity and Inclusion

I recently had an interesting conversation with a man on diversity, integration and inclusion – especially as it relates to immigrants and natives in Norway. He stated (I paraphrase) that both groups, speak equally about integration and inclusion but never really live by example. The question he usually asks people is: what are you doing

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Opinion

Dear Immigrant: Life Happens. Do not be Defeated.

I’ll say it simply. Moving to a new country – whatever your reason, can be hard. Sometimes, it chokes the life out of you. It may even bring about rational and irrational fears you never thought were possible. The rising fear and insecurity of life not ‘falling into place’ has the capacity to stifle, diminish,

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Culture and Identity

Is Everyone in the Room?

In Norway, I often find the concept of diversity and inclusion puzzling. It has indeed become a buzz word. The government is talking about it, the media is talking about it, startups are talking about it, and at Diversify, it is also being talked about. But how many people, conferences, startups and organizations truly, and

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Culture and Identity

Whitesplaining Color-Blindness.

Whitesplaining can be defined as the unconscious, unjustified and unassessed benefits of prejudice. It is when a white person attempts to explain a topic, often relating to matters and experiences of racism, social justice or minority culture, in an overoptimistic, inaccurate, and a self-assured manner to people of color. Or, as I like to define

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