If I looked at a drop of water through a microscope and magnified it by 100, I would see something completely different to what I see in my hand. But I would still be looking at a drop of water.
Our lens determines what we see, not just what we’re looking at.
- René August
It starts with Changing Lenses
The Changing Lenses Philosophy
My approach to lasting JEDI is to help people to change, vs. just changing systems. Of course, it’s not one or the other – like JEDI itself, our problems, and therefore solutions, are not binary.
Race, gender, and all forms of discrimination have grown more complex over time, due to intersectionality and intermingling of races. Complex problems require adaptive solutions more than technical ones.
It's not enough to learn about unconscious biases. Unless we address the core beliefs and values underlying those biases, a technical solution is like putting a band-aid on a broken arm. But we can’t change our core beliefs and biases if we don’t know what they are.
How do we better understand ourselves and people different from us? It starts with Changing Lenses.
When we see the world through the lens of others, we begin to experience systems as they do, and can better empathize with how they move through society. Then we can start taking action to make the world more equitable for everyone.
The Changing Lenses approach is based on these Foundational Beliefs:
Foundational Belief #1
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Foundational Belief #2
The 6 Principles of Kingian Nonviolence
Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
The Beloved Community is the framework for the future.
Attack forces of evil, not persons doing evil.
Accept suffering without retaliation for the sake of the cause to achieve the goal.
Avoid internal violence of the spirit as well as external physical violence.
The universe is on the side of justice.
About Rosie Yeung, CPA,CA, CHRL
President & Founder of Changing Lenses
Rosie is a Speaker, Coach, Educator and Podcaster for Justice, Equity, Decolonization and Inclusion (JEDI), specializing in intersectional diversity and Asian-Canadian identity. Her life goal is to reduce social inequity and discrimination, especially in wealth, race, and gender. Rosie loves mentoring Asian and racialized women to succeed in business as their true selves.
As a Chinese-Canadian, immigrant, cis-straight female with invisible disabilities, Rosie’s intersectional identities help her empathize with diverse communities, and bring compassion and kindness to her work. She is the creator and host of the Changing Lenses Podcast, seeing through the eyes of people on the front lines of discrimination, racism, and exclusion.
Rosie brings a holistic approach to JEDI that integrates finance, HR, UX design, and corporate social responsibility. With over 20 years of professional and lived experiences, she holds certificates in inclusion, consulting, Indigenous history, human rights, and more.
Based in Toronto, Canada, Rosie enjoys travel (except during global pandemics) and has served communities in Guatemala, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Uganda. To de-stress, she watches movies and eats popcorn and ice cream – sometimes simultaneously!