Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Teaching diversity

Well, that is certainly one way to explain diversity. 
How would you explain diversity in you words? What does diversity mean to you? Share your ideas and thoughts --> here 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Humans of...

A project that we are big fans of is the "Humans of"-project. As many of you probably know, the original project is called "Humans of New York" (http://www.humansofnewyork.com/) and was started in November 2010 by a self-taught photographer in New York City. Ever since then there have been hundreds of spin-offs which show the diversity of people in various cities around the world. Check out for instance Humans of Tel Aviv (https://www.facebook.com/HumansOfTelAviv/photos_stream)

Is there a "Humans of" project where you live? No? Well, then why not start one and show us the diversity of human beings where you are from?

Of course we'd also appreciate it if you took the time and write a short note about what diversity means to you --> here

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

"America is Beautiful"

In an attempt to portrait the diversity of America (and to promote their beverage) Coca Cola produced the above posted video. Ever since it premiered during the Big Game on Sunday, it has caused somewhat of an uproar. According to various YouTube comments, people argue that this Ad focuses to much on differences, whereas others think that not enough diversity was portrait - e.g. there are no Native Americans to be seen in this video.

What are your thoughts on this?
How is diversity portrait in the media/in commercials of local brands where you come from?
AND most importantly: What does diversity mean to you?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Russel Simmons on Diversity

"You know, the diversity that America has is so special. It's starting to really become a cool thing for young people."
Russell Simmons (business magnate)

Is Diversity also a "cool thing" in the country where you are from?
What does Diversity mean where you are from? Which kind(s) of Diversity matters in your country/community?

Go share your opinion, ideas and stories --> here!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Power of Ideas Uniting the World

My personal approach to the Global Manifesto on Human Diversity is grounded in a theoretical background. At university, I studied Gender and International Relations, and these academic areas have affected my understanding of the concept of Diversity. Ideas have a tremendous effect on the world and the way it is structured, and I find it inspiring that ideas from all over the world can share so many themes. This is why it is vital for ideas to be shared; the concept of Diversity is strengthened by discussions and debate. Because my academic studies have focused so far on the theoretical nature of diversity, in particular areas of diversity relating to gender and identity, I am passionate about the need to include individuals’ experiences and realities in understandings of diversity.

Part of the role played by ideas in shaping the world is based in theory. Theory is, however, somewhat limited. In order for theoretical approaches to make a lasting impression, they must be grounded in reality and fit in with people’s experiences of the world. A theory is weakened if there is an absence of human experience behind it. This is why it is so important for you to share your ideas, so that they can influence the changing theoretical structure of the world. The concept of Diversity does not exist in a void – it needs you and your input to strengthen it and enhance its power.

(Leonora Barclay)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

President Barack Obama about Diversity

Here is what President Barack Obama says about Diversity and Inclusion in the workforce:

"Our Nation derives strength from the diversity of its population and from its commitment to equal opportunity for all.  We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of our society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are brought to bear to overcome our greatest challenges."

(Executive Order 13583 - Establishing a Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013