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
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
Hello! I'm Rosie
First, I help Asian diaspora women find freedom by transforming instead of conforming. I've experienced this first hand, because I'm one of them! I’m a Hong Kong-born, Canadian-raised, cis-gendered single woman who’s spent my whole life trying to meet other people’s standards instead of figuring out what I want. I was liberated by mindset change and positive psychology, and now I offer culturally relevant trauma-informed coaching to help racialized women find theirs.
Second, I help organizational leaders who genuinely want their workplace to be more equitable and inclusive to understand how capitalism and Western business intersect with colonization, racism, and social injustice. We can't just train our way to equity and inclusion; it requires dismantling systems and designing new processes. It also requires costly personal change that will feel sacrificial because equity and inclusion are not part of business today.
As a Certified HR Leader, Chartered Professional Accountant, and Positive Intelligence Coach with over 20 years of corporate executive experience, I leverage all my skills and experiences – my whole self – to help you Change Your Lens, Free Your Mind, and Transform Your Life.
You are welcome to connect with me using the social links below, email, or set up a free Zoom call to explore how I might support you.