Are You An Active Or Performative Ally?

Avoiding performance and staying active as an ally

Allyship is about supporting people who are different from yourself. The difference in question could be skin color, ethnicity, gender identity, LGBTQ+, ability or disability that differs from your own identities, along with other factors like age, class or neurodiversity. Acknowledging differences is the easy part; the challenge is when allyship is a performance. Performative allyship is showing up when it is convenient and self-serving. This could be due to various reasons from news-cycle activity to prioritizing one’s own ego above the needs of others. In contrast, active allyship is a consistent, intentional approach of supporting others over time.

In my interview with Dr. Poornima Luthra, associate professor at the Copenhagen Business School and the founder and CEO of TalentED Consultancy, she defined allyship as a verb, meaning “a lifelong process of building and nurturing supportive relationships with under-represented, marginalized or discriminated individuals or groups with the aim of advancing inclusion.”…..

In this article Julie Kratz expands on how to practice active allyship and avoid the pitfalls of performative allyship.


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