Time to decide the winning caption 👇🏽 — and I need your help:

A) “Told by the mullahs to choose between Al-lah and Al Franken, Irshad rejected their their crude binary & chose ...Al-Manji”

B) “Another successful match made on http://NonChristianMingle.com”

Is the winner A or B? #Vote

Irshad @IrshadManji

Spoke to 500 Hollywood writers about why @MoralCourage is valuable in storytelling: it compels you to go off-script and surprise your audiences.

Then this guy spoke about comedy in anxious
...times.👇🏽

Funniest caption wins an autographed copy of “Don’t Label Me.” @PropperDaley

Spoke to 500 Hollywood writers about why @MoralCourage is valuable in storytelling: it compels you to go off-script and surprise your audiences.

Then this guy spoke about comedy in anxious ...times.👇🏽

Funniest caption wins an autographed copy of “Don’t Label Me.” @PropperDaley

Thx, @CatoInstitute, for intro’ing my @MoralCourage team to these joyful folks: teachers who reconcile viewpoint diversity & social justice instead of caving to a crude binary. Culture warriors... are trapped in the either/or mindset. Culture healers are free. They embrace both/and.

I used to tell my ex, a former tennis player, that all of life isn’t a win-lose game. She doesn’t have to turn every discussion into a debate. Now, watching #Alcaraz and #Sinner, I’m ...temporarily in love with win-lose games. An unbelievable match. @usopen

A thrill & an honour to return to my childhood public school district, @RichmondSD38, to provide @MoralCourage professional development! How did I become way older than most of the ...educator-leaders attending? Just… how?? 😳

Christel Brautigam @CBrautigam38

And lucky us in @RichmondSD38 to hear her thought provoking and brilliant work in person! Highly recommend the Diversity Without Division online course as well ...https://www.moralcourage.com/k12-dwd-online-course @IrshadManji https://twitter.com/kaser_linda/status/1564353256301940736

1 week ago

Irshad Manji
Today, I spoke to 500 Hollywood writers about why @moral_courage is valuable in storytelling: It compels you to go off-script and surprise your audiences. .Then @alfranken spoke about comedy at a time when so many people fear offending. .Which sparked an idea in me. I invite you to caption this photo with the funniest line you can come up with. The most surprising caption wins an autographed copy of “Don’t Label Me.” (And if you’re not moved by the prospect of that prize, how rude.) ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Irshad Manji
As a kid, I loved school. September filled me with butterflies of excitement, and not just because I was an unrepentant geek. More than anything, it was because the educators in my life cared deeply for my well-being. So… as the school year kicks off again, I want to celebrate some of the hardest-working folks anywhere: teachers..Over the summer, the @moral_courage team and I provided professional development to hundreds of K-12 educators in the U.S. and Canada. We also learned from them. Above all, we laughed with them. 🧡.Gratitude to the @catoinstitute’s @sphere_education_initiative for bringing my team together with teachers who are dedicated to unshackling minds, even as their own freedoms are assaulted by political extremists throughout America..I, for one, can’t launch the 2022-23 school year without a sincere salute to the passion of those teachers who choose to persist. I 👏🏽 see 👏🏽 you 👏🏽. 🙏🏽 ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

Irshad Manji
Getting ready to bring my message of diversity without division to one one of North America’s biggest unions, the @ufcwcanada. .Grateful for their courage to invite me — and hoping not to be kicked out of dodge for taking an unorthodox view about how to make diversity truly inclusive..Key point: Don’t reduce diversity to demographics labels. Expand it to embrace different viewpoints.. That’s how we achieve unity without uniformity..Disagree? Feel free to push back. Let’s have the @moral_courage to turn contentious issues into constructive conversations and shared action.✌🏽 ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

Irshad Manji
Today, Salman Rushdie was stabbed in the neck as he prepared for an on-stage discussion at an event in New York. As I write, he’s undergoing an operation..Even in the face of targeted attacks on controversial authors, I, for one, will never lose the joy that I get from engaging. Never..Nor will I stop taking delight in poking fun at myself and fellow authors. (Swipe left.).May Salman emerge from surgery strong and free. And may the conversation continue. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Irshad Manji
This weekend marks the 50th birthday of my darling lil’ sis, @fboorman. .Fatima & I have come a long way from the siblings who’d (intentionally) lock each other out of the house. 😝 She, her brilliant husband, and their 3 kids — to whom I shall always be “Auntie Shaq” (since they couldn’t pronounce “Irshad” as children) — dropped in on Brooklyn a few days ago. Enjoy the pix. .The final pic shows Fatima as a 6-year-old birthday girl. She loved her parties and I, well, didn’t. That personality clash might help explain why, one afternoon, I sneered to her “You’re dead!” as she barricaded herself from me behind the bathroom door. When Fatima finally made a break for it, she flung a fudgsicle in my face — no small sacrifice, since fudgsicles were her absolute favs..She survived and I recovered. Today, we can’t imagine life without each other. .What are **your** best memories of fighting with the siblings you now adore? Please share, if only because I need to relieve myself of bad-sister guilt. 😂 ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

Irshad Manji
This time last week, I was excitedly (ok, ok, nervously) anticipating the first-ever bootcamp for people who are training to become certified @moral_courage mentors..As the bootcamp came to a close, I couldn’t have been more elated (ok, ok, relieved)..The authenticity with which everyone showed up was, quite simply, magical. These photos capture a few of the highlights:.* Dinner with the team!.* Flaunting our chocolate-dipped cookie and pretzel confections at @laylascoolpops, a sweet shop founded by then-10-year-old Layla W (now 17) with a mission to help shelter individuals who are unhoused. The shop’s main employee, another 17-year-old named Arri, was about to become homeless until Layla’s entered her life..* Arri teaches us her craft. She’d later share her personal journey and this not-so-secret secret: While she loves baking, she also happens to be an ace coder and dreams of designing video games. I’ve promised to help Arri get there. 🙌🏽.* Role-playing highly emotional conversations with @mindybyoung, @troywilliamsslc, and @staceyharkey — three of our hardest-working Mentor-candidates — from @equalityutah..* A final group pic before saying our good-byes. Huge thanks to @wetalkwmu for hosting us in the fabulous city of #kalamazoo, Michigan! ... See MoreSee Less
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Because Love (Poem)
Because Love (Poem)

posted on: February 14, 2021

Over this past year, I've had heartfelt conversations with friends and family. Those conversations have helped me crystallize three of the biggest mistakes that human beings make when we turn loving relationships into competitions about who's right and wrong. I've...Continue reading ...

The 9-Year-Old Grinch and the Muslim Who Saved Christmas
The 9-Year-Old Grinch and the Muslim Who Saved Christmas

posted on: December 24, 2020

When I was growing up in Canada, ho-ho-ho was a no-no-no — not because my parents said so, but because I did. At nine years old, I challenged my family's decision to put up a Christmas tree. The twinkle and...Continue reading ...

“I will never understand…”
“I will never understand…”

posted on: November 30, 2020

On November 4th, then again on the 5th, 6th, and 7th, I heard from friends around the world. They wanted to know one thing: How in the hell could so many Americans (at last count, 72 million) have voted for...Continue reading ...

The Star-Spangled mask
The Star-Spangled mask

posted on: November 14, 2020

I'm a Canadian who's been teaching leadership in the U.S. for almost 15 years. Yet this is the first election cycle in which I've been labeled a "foreigner" and told to stop "meddling." It happened more than once, each time...Continue reading ...

Diversity Dilemma #3
Diversity Dilemma #3

posted on: October 30, 2020

This is the third installment of a special series that I've contributed to "Modern Mentor," a podcast that explores what helps and hinders success in the workplace. If you've read the first and second installments, you know the context of...Continue reading ...

Diversity Dilemma #2
Diversity Dilemma #2

posted on: October 16, 2020

Welcome to the second installment of my series for "Modern Mentor," a podcast that explores what helps and hinders success in the workplace. In this post, I'll explain why we should avoid the kind of diversity that slices and dices...Continue reading ...

Diversity Dilemma #1
Diversity Dilemma #1

posted on: October 01, 2020

"Modern Mentor," a podcast that explores what helps and hinders success in the workplace, invited me to address several dilemmas that professionals experience when trying to practice diversity without being divisive. The catch? I'd have to address each dilemma in...Continue reading ...

Can democracy survive without religion?
Can democracy survive without religion?

posted on: September 17, 2020

In most of the world today, organized religion is being rejected. More and more young people are flipping the bird to theological authority, even in Muslim countries! At the same time, those who abuse political power appear to be filling...Continue reading ...

When corporate diversity programs are like chicken wings
When corporate diversity programs are like chicken wings

posted on: September 06, 2020

In America's transactional culture, workplace diversity often amounts to slapping labels on individuals. Professionals wind up being packaged like products. They're crammed into prefabricated molds ("Black woman," for example) and get showcased to make the company look cutting-edge. Emphasize look....Continue reading ...

AMERICA IS CHANGING. THE LEFT SHOULD, TOO
AMERICA IS CHANGING. THE LEFT SHOULD, TOO

posted on: August 16, 2020

Let's face it: For all our gushing about diversity, many advocates of it hold a hefty slice of America in contempt. We assume that Republicans despise difference, that Trump voters are lodged in a backward past, and that they plan...Continue reading ...

Never Again? It’s Happening Again — This Time, to China’s Muslims
Never Again? It’s Happening Again — This Time, to China’s Muslims

posted on: July 31, 2020

Imagine that millions of people of one faith, one heritage, and one community are being targeted by their government. Imagine that these people are being rounded up by the hundreds of thousands and forced into so-called "re-education camps," where they...Continue reading ...

SHAMING WHITE PEOPLE WILL NOT END RACISM
SHAMING WHITE PEOPLE WILL NOT END RACISM

posted on: July 22, 2020

Last year, an organization that promotes dialogue invited two authors to hold a "respectful exchange" about racism. I was one of them. The other was Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility. I accepted the invitation. DiAngelo declined. And that was...Continue reading ...

LIFE LESSONS 101
LIFE LESSONS 101

posted on: July 15, 2020

How do you avoid being manipulated -- whether it's by family, friends, bosses, politicians, or media pundits? You must always remember: If you don't have a vision for your life, someone else will have an agenda for it. I taught...Continue reading ...

LADY LIBERTY’S STRANGE STORY, AND MY STRANGER CONNECTION TO IT
LADY LIBERTY’S STRANGE STORY, AND MY STRANGER CONNECTION TO IT

posted on: July 04, 2020

What you're about to read is a journey -- and I launch it with the most famous line in the U.S. Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are...Continue reading ...

How #BLM Can Surprise its Detractors
How #BLM Can Surprise its Detractors

posted on: June 04, 2020

For most kids in America, the school year is coming to a close. But the civics lesson has only just begun. With protests against police brutality sweeping the nation, there's a lot to learn about how to be effective, engaged...Continue reading ...

Yes, And…
Yes, And…

posted on: May 10, 2020

In work and in life, one of the scariest things to do is negotiate with someone who disagrees with you. It takes moral courage to start, and sustain, that conversation. When I teach this skill, a crucial part of my...Continue reading ...

HEALING DOESN’T MEAN CHEERING UP
HEALING DOESN’T MEAN CHEERING UP

posted on: April 24, 2020

I teach courage for a living. Over the course of  20 years, I’ve researched, studied, written, filmed, and spoken about the skills needed to exercise “moral courage,” which means doing the right thing in the face of fear. For all...Continue reading ...

YOU WIN BY NOT STRIVING TO WIN
YOU WIN BY NOT STRIVING TO WIN

posted on: April 08, 2020

Bruce Lee, the martial arts master, would teach his students to "be like water." What he meant was, water always gets to where it needs to go -- even in the midst of obstacles. Water doesn't demand that those obstacles...Continue reading ...

Constructive Conflict
Constructive Conflict

posted on: March 02, 2020

Increasingly, I’m speaking at colleges and universities about the hottest topic going: how to achieve diversity and inclusion. Most educators see diversity as a matrix of skin colors, genders, religious affiliations and sexual orientations. But diversity is also about airing...Continue reading ...

MARTIN LUTHER KING: GUTSY GLOBAL CITIZEN
MARTIN LUTHER KING: GUTSY GLOBAL CITIZEN

posted on: February 03, 2020

On MKL Day 2020, I had the honor of speaking from the very pulpit that the man himself once did -- at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. The Rev. Dr. Bernice King, daughter of Martin and Coretta, invited me to...Continue reading ...

Divorcing courageously
Divorcing courageously

posted on: January 14, 2020

Without a doubt, it was the wrong thing to do. And I knew it. I did it anyway. “You think you can bulldoze anybody,” I sneered at her. “Nobody calls you out on your behavior, so you feel entitled to...Continue reading ...

'Don't reduce diversity to demographics labels. Expand it to embrace different viewpoints. That's how we achieve unity without conformity. ... Let's have the @MoralCourage to turn contentious issues ...into constructive conversations and shared action.' https://www.instagram.com/p/Chr5VDTgJSi/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY=

In @nytopinion, @JohnHMcWhorter says he has hope for diversity of thought. Among his reasons: @MoralCourage College & our unifying inclusion program, “Diversity Without Division.” Another ...reason for his hope: @cvaldary and her Theory of Enchantment. Yup, we keep good company. 👊🏽

Even in the face of targeted attacks on controversial authors, I, for one, will never lose the joy I take in engaging. Never. May #SalmanRushdie emerge from surgery strong and free. And may the ...conversation continue. @MoralCourage @92ndStreetY

Stelter is a proud supporter of the @MoralCourage Diversity Without Division program. We are glad to see @SHRM and 70 other organizations are using these modules to create a well-rounded #inclusive ...environment.
Learn more: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220509005685/en/SHRM-Announces-Program-to-De-Polarize-Workplaces-Offer-Businesses-Unifying-Alternative-to-Mainstream-Diversity-Practices
#diversitywithoutdivision #DEI

Powerful conversation with @MoralCourage's @IrshadManji https://bit.ly/38Vgozw The behind-the-scenes conversation that spurred @Forbes article https://bit.ly/3lYAATN #story #HR #education #school ...#HumanResources #empathy #culture

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