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Patty Bates-Ballard is a mother and writer who advocates respect for the earth and its people. The owner of WordSmooth, a Dallas based communications company, Patty has just published her first book, Navigating Diversity. She also has written for Environmental Design & Construction Magazine, the American Association of Naturopathic Medical Colleges and World Press, among others.
Patty's Socha diversity + effectiveness workshops have been delivered to thousands of employees across the country. A graduate of Austin College, Patty works from her home in Dallas, Texas, where she raises her sons, Kory and Kaden.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 28, 2008 The Top 10 Most Offensive Comments of 2008
"Iron my shirt!" "Old people...should just die." "All the hunters gather up..." The authors of a new book on diversity have announced their list of the Top Ten most offensive publicly reported comments of the year, with tips on how to respond to such comments.
(11 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 18, 2008 How to respond to anti-Obama racism
While millions of Americans celebrated the election of our nation's first African-American president on November 4, many others raged, penned racist rants threatening president-elect Obama's life, and assaulted their neighbors. America, it's time we find a way to express ourselves more constructively.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 29, 2008 Bill Clinton and racism: A little humility please
It hurts to be accused of racism. But neither Bill Clinton nor I get anywhere defending ourselves by citing our urban addresses or our records as promoters of diversity. Will Bill Clinton find some humility and prove his commitment to diversity goes all the way to the top?
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, June 20, 2008 Lead Toy Recalls Continue While Congress Piddles
Think the lead in toys problem is resolved? Think again. More than a million products have been recalled in 2008 due to high lead content. With Congress treading water on proposed new regulations, parents must take the steering wheel. Click to read the most comprehensive list of lead sources (including a common household fixture you haven't heard about before), and what parents can do to keep our kids safe.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 12, 2008 Cameroon Nip Tuck: Fleshing Out African Corruption
The Cameroonian parliament just conducted a little plastic surgery on the national constitution to allow President Paul Biya to stay in power another seven years. When you witness political corruption turning people's lives upside down, do you complain or do you start a movement? Cameroonian Julius Awafong is working to build support in Africa for a radical reform called vote sizing. He hopes that giving larger votes to poor,
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 18, 2008 Let's Put the Vote Out of its Misery and Start Over
What if poor people had larger votes? Steve Glickman's scathing Op Ed illustrates the sorry state of the vote worldwide. Glickman proposes a radical election reform that weights votes inversely to income and asks, "What would be different if ordinary people truly had a voice?"