On: What diversity is…not


The focus of our past discussions on this site has been all about attempting to explore what diversity is

An ancient Greek school of philosophical thought suggested that the best way to discover what a thing is, is to proceed by a process of logical elimination, stating what the thing in question is not, in an attempt to truly find out what it is – hence our approach adopted below in trying to understand what diversity is…

Diversity is not… 

  • about race
  • about the ‘symptoms’ of equality otherwise called ‘the 7 strands’ (race, gender, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment), etc
  • about being compliant or meeting set equality targets
  • about equal representation
  • about ‘minorities’ or a ‘majority/ minority divide’
  • about recruiting untalented, unskilled or unqualified people into an organisation to balance workforce databases
  • about being tokenistic
  • about doing a ‘favour’
  • about doing a ‘good deed’ as part of an organisational Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy
  • a ‘bolt-on’ to add ‘value’ to business strategy or organisational process
  • about discrimination
  • even about positive action
  • about businesses becoming diverse – diversity creates businesses!

  ….so what is diversity actually about?? 

This is a question for you to continue to think about as we start the week… indeed, do let us know your thoughts regarding it.

NB: Watch out for a forthcoming article entitled “On: A Philosophy of Diversity” where we will take a look at the concept of diversity purely from a philosophical perspective the aim being to begin attempting  to unravel an answer to the question posed above…

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2 responses to “On: What diversity is…not

  1. Romina

    What a great article indeed – you truly are a talented and rather interesting character – with an interesting slant on diversity…

  2. Paul Deemer

    Like you Jude, I often find that stepping back and looking at questions in a different way can be very helpful. In this respect, I find dictionary definitions can also help – especially where a word has been “hijacked” by society. The commonly accepted dictionary definition of diversity (they all vary slightly as you would expect) seems to focus around the quality of being different or varied and a range of differences. This – for me – starts to get more at the essence of what diversity is. Googling something can of course also throw up some interesting concepts and – according to this medium – diversity (of course) are a dance troupe! So maybe we’re all in the wrong business!

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