Repairing the Quilt of Humanity

A Metaphor for Healing and Reparation.

– by Deborah Howard

Deborah Howard, Esq. is the founder and President of Guiding Change Consulting, Inc.

She is a leading organizational consultant, professional certified coach, and author, who helps leaders and teams transform themselves by tapping into their wisdom and creative potential.

Previously, she worked as a public interest attorney, advocated for abused children in Anchorage, Alaska, and practiced Judo in Japan.

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The quilt of humanity is in a tattered state, says Deborah Howard, a New York City coach, organization development and diversity consultant. We suffer too much as a result of racism, oppression, and the various ways that power and privilege affect us.

Drawing on her own cultural background, she employs the Jewish concept of tikkun olam—healing and repairing the world—to present a provocatively insightful way out of our dilemma. That ideal can be applied both to the overall tattered quilt of humanity and to the individual torn, twisted, and distorted woven cloths that make up this quilt. Mending the quilt of humanity is a lengthy and complicated process.  It requires reparation and healing on different levels and in many ways, all of which are necessary for complete equity and justice.

Weaving her own story of injustice and oppression into the larger pattern, Deborah Howard gives us an inspiring model to follow. We learn how to weave our own stories into those of the larger society. Finally, she writes about the importance of understanding the essential thread of forgiveness—for ourselves and for others for perpetuating society’s inequities.

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“A rare account of one white woman’s journey to understanding some of the issues that perpetuate racism in America. Deborah Howard’s unique perspective provides critical insight into racism’s complexities — a MUST read.”

Frederick A. Miller

CEO The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc., co-author of The Inclusion Breakthrough and managing editor of The Promise of Diversity specializing in fostering an inclusion mindset for higher operational performance.

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