Diversity is having a seat at the table,

Inclusion is having a voice,

and Belonging is having that voice be heard.


The need to belong is the need to give and receive attention to and from others. The desire is so universal that the need to belong is found across all cultures.

Belongingness is the human emotional need to be an accepted member of a group.

Whether it is family, friends, co-workers, a religion, or something else, people tend to have an inherent desire to belong and be an important part of something greater than themselves.

Thoughts on belongingness

The truth of who we are is that we are because we belong

– Desmond Tutu on the power of belongingness

Anne-Marie Finch, the founder of Global Voices, was named a Top100 Talent within Leadership in 2015 and in 2017 and 2018, Anne-Marie Finch was named one of Denmark’s 100 most influential women. She blogs about the power of belongingness. Read her blog entries and thoughts below.

Thoughts on belongingness

Belongingness: what it is and why it matters at Templafy

Words matter. Our head of People+ (what we call our HR department) knows this better than most. Anne-Marie Finch is known for going beyond policies and ideals; she actively influences our unique culture to ensure people’s happiness in the workplace, and she does this right down to the linguistic level. We are not human resources; we are people.

Thoughts on belongingness

The unjust price of justice

Covid-19 has made me look more inward and I have found things I want to nourish and one specific thing that I no longer want to nourish: namely, my sense of justice. It is huge and powerful, and when it really has hold of me,…

Thoughts on belongingness

The Personal Legend of Entrepreneurship

“Don’t forget that everything is one big whole. And don’t forget the language of the omens. And – above all – don’t forget to follow your Personal Legend all the way to the end.” At the end of Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece, ‘The Alchemist’, the protagonist…

Thoughts on belongingness

Love for something greater

Deepak Chopra, an acknowledged Indian American doctor, spiritual teacher and author, translates EGO to “Edging God Out”. Said differently, the EGO edges out the purpose, the love – and the passion – for something bigger than yourself. What’s bigger than yourself is what drives the…

Thoughts on belongingness

The story that is told about you

The speech that you hear in connection with your departure isn’t necessarily the same as the story that is told about you on Monday morning when someone new is sitting in your chair. And I have started to wonder why this is the case. The…