Smart Innovation: Diversity by Design

Radiocasts | August 4, 2016 by Bonnie D. Graham

The buzz: Paradox?

Despite studies showing a positive correlation between diversity and innovation, the Silicon Valley “cradle of tech innovation” is dominated by a “brogrammer” culture where 20-something “white guys work in a testosterone-fueled environment to create the next technology revolution,” according to Janaki Kumar at SAP.

This sends a contradictory message to leaders that diversity, while good in theory, is not worth investing in.

Learn why diversity by design is worth building and nurturing in your organization – and practical tips for how to achieve it.

The experts speak.

Janaki Kumar, SAP: “Diversity is the art of thinking independently, together.” (Malcolm Forbes)

Emi Kolawole, Stanford d.school: “There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.” (Seneca, Lucius Annaeus)

Brandon Schauer, Adaptive Path: “When people say that diversity is important, I like to say instead, ‘No, it isn’t important. It’s essential to increase the quality of discourse.” (John Maeda)

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