I started doing a bit of research, talking to people, googling some stuff, reading. This blogpost is a collection of just a few thoughts and insights I had while doing my little bit of research and writing on this topic. I mainly discovered writing about diversity is not without discomfort. Luckily, diversity expert Verna Myers says: ‘You don’t get comfortable, before you get uncomfortable.’ So, I’ll dive into my discomfort head first.
Discomfort #1: Is diversity in looks a predictor of diversity in perspective? What do I actually mean when I say diversity? I mean we need to include more people of a variety of different colours or cultural backgrounds. But I also mean a variety of ages, sexes, sexual preference, physical conditions (healthy and people with a handicap or illness) or social class/affluency (poorer and better off). What I really want is a variety of different life experiences, so we get a more complete reflection of society in our movement and with that a better understanding of society, how we talk about topics and approach people. And that we have a variety of perspectives at the table when we need to solve a problem. But in how far are differences in physical appearances a predictor of this?