Fostering Creativity Through Diversity and Inclusivity

Recapping DesignCraft: Women + Design, an evening dedicated to highlighting the impact women are having in creating more diverse and inclusive cultures.

Annette Neu
Jun 18, 2019 · 6 min read

Diversity and inclusivity are the heart of creativity. At Handsome, we strive to bring together different experiences, perspectives, and ideas to create something new — something that makes the world better for more people.

The Importance of Asking Questions to Create More Inclusive Environments

Knowledge is power, and asking questions is the key to accessing and disseminating that power. Even asking questions as simple as, “what is that acronym everyone keeps using that no one seems to know?” helps disrupt and disseminate the (often homogenous and male-dominated) power grid, and edge the entire group closer towards a more inclusive environment.

Embracing Individuality and Diversity

Only after embracing our individuality can we extend the same sentiment to others, fostering community growth.

Take your time with growth — change takes time. Think of change as the process of bettering yourself, rather than becoming someone else entirely.

Structuring Relationships with Mentors, Sponsors, and Allies to Overcome Your Fear of Failure and Create More Diverse Environments

Simply put: mentors teach you, sponsors advocate for you, and allies help you influence your surrounding culture. Developing a plan of action with a key date in mind for each relationship helps you organize your thoughts, state your intentions clearly, create a timeline to work against, and prioritize staying ahead of your progress.

Handsome Perspectives

Thoughts, ideas, and learnings from the Handsome team.