Getting to Know Our Neighbours

Janice K. Johnson
Redbubble, at its core, is all about welcoming individuals and their unique and true selves. This is as true for our workplace experience as it is for the art and creativity that fills our marketplace, which provides a perceptive medium to communicate and express innovative thoughts and ideas.

Social good is part of the Group’s DNA. Our artists, fellow Bubblers and third-party fulfillers that participate in the marketplace are crucial to the delivery of our social mission and ultimately our success.

I am lucky enough to have been with Redbubble for nine years, and in my current role as Workplace Programs & Belonging Lead. Working with the Executive and People & Culture teams, it’s part of my job to ensure we are instilling our strategic diversity and inclusion goals into our everyday work life and culture.

Early in Redbubble’s journey into the world of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, it became apparent to us, especially as members of the eCommerce and tech communities, that we had a social responsibility to step up in regards to gender representation across all levels and functions of our business. While we have been successful in achieving strong representation of women within our leadership team, we know that identity extends beyond gender; it is fluid, complex and multifaceted, and there is more work to be done to achieve greater representation in our broader workforce, and among our partners and artists.

Amongst our many commitments to systemic change and action, listening and learning is a good place to start in our everyday working lives. Getting to know those we serve in our immediate sphere, like our talented artists and employees, is essential to building a better understanding of how racial diversity and equality means something different for us all.

This year, we invited an artist and a Bubbler to sit down with me virtually, to have a chat about our passions and family histories. This was a three-part series, one for each of our office locations in Melbourne, San Francisco and Berlin, and shared with our global business over the month of August. Each conversation has a unique perspective and history when it comes to race relations and community that deserves it’s rightful air time. We highlighted our similarities, but more importantly, our different heritages and experiences to understand how they have shaped us.

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