Privilege: What Makes Us Change? Part 1

What makes us change?

What changes the way we perceive the world and our place in it?

I find these questions fascinating.

And although privilege is not the only lens through which we see the world, I think it contains an important part of the answer to these questions.

That’s why I’m very excited to present to you a mini-series on privilege where I ask people how the concept of privilege has changed throughout their lives.

In my introductory episode, I talked about the definition of privilege, what we should be conscious about so it doesn’t freeze us in our political actions, and how we can discuss privilege without falling into the traps of what is called comparative suffering.

In the new episode below, three people (full disclosure: three friends of mine, yes!) summarise their own privilege stories for you.

I hope you enjoy and stick around for upcoming episodes!

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Privilege: What Makes Us Change? Part 3

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