Diversity: An Overused Term and an Under-served Reality

Thursday, 8/25/16 @ 4:00 PT & 7:00 ET

We conclude our 2016 Summer of Collaboration with thanks to our friend Connnie D. Woodson for collaborating a discussion on Radical Diversity.

Does the term diversity today, combined with its overuse, inaction (inertia), and/or self-serving intentions actually create more exclusion of minority groups by racial identity.

And if so, what can we do about it?

That is the discussion we want to have with you this week, while also introducing and considering Nancy Leong’s concept of racial capitalism, “the process of deriving social and economic value from racial identity,” and its impact on individuals and society. (If you are interested, you can learn more about the idea of racial capitalism here.)

The entire thing will be framed by our 4th Radical Idea.

Our 4th Radical Idea

Because the world, every society, and each constituent group of every society is comprised by individuals, diversity is reality.

Genuine diversity is the natural and unavoidable byproduct of greatness through the individual. But that does not mean it comes without issues and baggage. History and society have and continue to make race a point of misunderstanding and potential strife.

We believe that real diversity is radical diversity, rooted in and depends on individuals, who genuinely want to understand — history, society, themselves, and others.

That’s the discussion. We hope you will join us.

#GTIdeology Happy Hour

We discussed this topic on August 25, 2016. Our cool video introduction and the discussion questions are below. You can read the full transcript here.

You’re invited to — and we hope that you will — join us at 4:00 PT & 7:00 ET every Thursday to unofficially kick off the weekend with us and the smart, fun, and friendly #GTIdeology Happy Hour crowd.

We tweet out reminders each week. If you’d like one, just tweet @ us and let us know. We’ll be happy to tweet you one. Cheers!

Q1. In your opinion, what is the role or purpose of ‘diversity programs?’

Q2. Per our 4th Radical Idea, we believe that real diversity depends on individuals who genuinely want to understand — history, society, themselves, and others. What do you think?

Q3. Agree or disagree: Minority groups as individuals are responsible for redefining the realities of diversity in work cultures? Why?

Q4. Discuss how the term “diversity” is used today, and whether, combined with its overuse, inaction (inertia), and/or self-serving intentions, it generates exclusion of minority groups by racial identity.

Q5. Do you have experiences working in genuine diverse environments, in which racial (and other) identities are recognized and respected, rather than commodified or quantified? Tell us about it!

We hope to see you Thursday. If you want a reminder tweet, just let us know and we will be happy to tweet one @ you. Cheers!