How Diversity Promotes Economic Growth

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We live in an increasingly globalized world, and economists, politicians and corporate leaders are constantly looking for new ways to makes their economies and businesses more competitive. One of the key discoveries over the last decade is that diversity of ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation significantly improves creativity, work ethic and overall competitiveness within all organizations.

There has been a lively discussion about the pros and cons of diversity over the last couple of decades, but over the years more and more evidence has accumulated that diversity offers far more advantages than disadvantages. What social science researchers have found is that teams with a richer variety of people are more imaginative and resourceful. The synergy of diverse opinions, perspectives and ways of thinking, allows teams to tackle problems from a variety of different angles, yielding better solutions and more efficiency. Diversity, or lack thereof, also explains larger economic trends such as the stagnation of a homogenous China during the western industrial revolution, and the innovativeness of increasingly multicultural western countries over the last couple of decades.

Diversity skeptics claim that excessively divergent behaviors and patterns of thought within groups lead to conflict, lack of trust, and less camaraderie. But what social scientists have found is that when people work through their differences, diversity ultimately creates stronger, more innovative teams with a wider variety of novel ideas and perspectives.

Now that the verdict is in, companies, universities and governments are eagerly hiring diversity practitioners and introducing diversity quotas in order to boost organizational competitiveness. Economists and politicians are working to change immigration and social policies to promote a wider variety of cultures and ethnicities in their countries, so that their economies are able to compete in a globalized world. Hopefully this will not only promote global economic growth, but will also create a more exciting, cosmopolitan world that truly values previously disadvantaged groups such as women and people of color, who have been held back for so long.

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I don’t know why some people always ask to BLM to “get a job!”, as if they “know” if she/he has a job or not. First in one of his/her post he already said that she/he was employed by the notorious philanthropist George Soros for sometimes. She/He has also a university degree and may teach Critical Race Theory to the young Americans who want to check their privilege. And this is just one example among others; many contriutors here are probably working for a governmental program in order to educate some deplorable people who think that a degree in engineering or some technical degree constitute some kind of “achievment”

MillionDollarBonus_

Working as a community organizer for a powerful philanthropist is actually a far more important and influential job than a pointless engineering job. Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Saul Alinsky all began their careers in politics and sociology this way, and look at how much they changed the world. Politicians, activists and university professors run this country, so conservatives better get used to it.

trav777

totally true.

Diversity is the greatest strength.

Just look at the economic growth rates of the diverse nations versus those who are not diverse. Look at the crime rates of diverse cities versus non diverse.

Bear in mind that Asian people do not constitute diversity. To assert that they do is to be racist.

MillionDollarBonus_

Asians area distraction from white privilege. They are not relevant to the hundreds of years of oppression of people of color by whites.

Black Lives Matter

It’s racism. Pure unbridled Donald Trump racism.

As far as personal pronouns go, we MUST move away from sexist heteronormative pronouns like “he” and “she.” These pronouns are HIGHLY OFFENSIVE to the LGBTQIAP community, particularly pangendered and nongendered individuals. Gender is a social construct. We need to start using “xe,” “xer,” and “xerself” instead — as in “Donald Trump can go f xerself.”

Trump’s racist followers all seem to fetishize “engineering” and “technical” degrees over degrees in social justice and community activism. But, despite engineering and technical advances, African-Americans have faced oppression for centuries. This is the same old Booker T. Washington vs. W.E.B. Du Bois debate. Du Bois was right. Engineering is bourgeois; the community has no need for engineers.

MillionDollarBonus_

The so-called achievenemts of engineers and scientists are massively overrated. Most of these so-called inventions were alredy discovered by people of color HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS of years before. Algebra, the lightbulb, gaming consoles – ALL invented by people of color!

Black Lives Matter

Right — and what did the “achievements” of “engineers” and “scientists” give us? Billions of tons of CO2 emissions and a dying planet. We have to live at one with nature, even if that means giving up modern comforts, like air conditioning. In contrast, social activism gave us Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton — in other words, real progress.

MARY BLOW
MARY BLOW

We certainly have a diverse world. This map shows it better than and I’ve seen.

http://www.targetmap.com/viewer.aspx?reportId=3073

MARY BLOW
MARY BLOW

At first I thought I was Asian, but then I noticed the chart was centimeters and I was thinking inches. How about you guys?

RationalInvestor
RationalInvestor

I am a Progressive and donT support Flash, so I didnT see the map. Please look for a similar map using more progressive technologies.

MARY BLOW
MARY BLOW
RationalInvestor
RationalInvestor

thanks! yes, that is true diversity; however, it also displays *segregation*. It shows, a world-wide open-borders policy is necessary for more integration.

trav777

That advertisement warms my heart, to look at the strong, urban, hip black man at the center educating all the stupid white males with their obsolete STEM degrees, taking the center of importance where he belongs.

If you just look at history you see that only white oppression has stopped black overachievement. Blacks, when left alone away from The Violence and White Supremacy, were kangz n sheeit…afrocentrist studies are totally unequivocal about this.

Then white people came and stole everything and reduced hapless people of color to poverty, foisting The Violence onto them to plague and besiege them.

MillionDollarBonus_

Sadly this image rarely translates into reality, given the obstacles placed in the way of people of color by racist white societies. How can you walk into a tech conference and see almost all whites and a few asians? Why are people of color not flurishing and dominating our economy like they should be, and did in the past? The only possible answer is white privilege.

Sgt. Oddball
Sgt. Oddball

Right you are, Trav! – I mean just look at everything Charlie Bolden has managed to achieve with NASA: – Grounding that White (Privilege) Elephant, boondoggle death-trap, the Space Shuttle… negotiating Uber rides to the ISS with our Russian friends (*tres* “Global Village”, mai non?)… Encouraging such an admirable scion of the liberal elites as that nice Mr. Musk (Apparently his next rocket design will run on Tesla batteries, and will stick a landing on a boat at sea after making a complete round trip to Mars)… – What exciting times we live in, and the list just goes on and on!…

JoeThePimpernel
JoeThePimpernel

“Diversity” is code for totalitarian uniformity.

There is nothing “diverse” about it.

“Do it our way, or else.”

Black Lives Matter

Diversity = Uniformity?

This is the kind of illogic that passes for argument by Rethuglicans. What you’re really upset about is that progressives have removed barriers for People of Color, and now diverse groups are rallying collectively against White Privilege. Womyn, African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, LGBTQIAP-Americans, Muslim-Americans, and other minorities all oppose White Privilege. Minorities make up over 80% of the American population.

Don’t look now, but Hillary Clinton’s recent book, Stronger Together, is a Best Seller. Millions of Americans are ready for Hillary. We need a leader who can stand strong, climb the steps of progress without wavering, and shatter the glass ceiling once and for all.

MillionDollarBonus_

White people are just upset that people of color are finally banding together and using their collective bargaining power to overturn white privilege once and forall. White men have had their time – now it’s time for others to thrive and enjoy the benefits of modern civilization.

RationalInvestor
RationalInvestor

At work we are multiracial and international; the synergy we create is astounding!

Still too many whites though; hopefully the government will allow more migrants in so we can balance out our team.

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