Top 5 TED Talks on Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity reporter, Suzie Drayton picks several top inspirational TED Talks on inclusion and diversity in a LinkedIn article published in 2015. These videos include the following:

The danger of a single story – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Novelist.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian novelist who says stereotyping people we meet or observe often means knowing only half their story. Many people look at someone who is different from themselves and assume they know everything about them. Yet, this is the danger of the single story. In the workplace, this could show itself as underestimating or even overestimating a colleague’s ability just by some preconceived idea you hold about their ethnicity, or disability. If everyone recognizes each individual is shaped by their own life experiences, culture, family status and genetic composition etc. there will be fewer negative and hurtful assumptions and a broader sense of understanding.

Inclusion, Exclusion, Illusion and Collusion – Dr. Helen Turnbull, CEO Human Facets and I&D expert.

Dr. Helen Turnbull is a diversity consultant who suggests our brains have blind spots when it comes to inclusion issues. Turnbull explains we like to surround ourselves with people who look and think like us because the neuro pathways in our brains make us sympathetic towards them. Conversely, the neuro pathways used when we think about people we do not care about make us apathetic to their success or failures.

The Paradox of Diversity – Dr. Marylin Sanders Mobley, VP for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at Case Western Reserve University.

“I believe that diversity is the nation’s unfinished business,” says Sanders Mobley. Dr. Sanders Mobley talks about the diversity wheel with the multiple diversities we all have; age, gender, religion, geographical location etc. She refers to it as a cultural contact lens – we are all constantly reading our environments. The message is to embrace our differences, be inclusive and learn from one another by embracing our individual strengths.

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