Learned diversity builds great teams

What matters is the diversity of personal experiences of the individual team members, not the experiences of the broader populations represented by that individual team member. Even if the social-group experiences were relevant, the individual will have access to only a tiny fraction of the experiences we expect him to represent. The genome itself is not a communication channel for sharing intelligence among living humans.

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Diversity: a tool for divisive politics

I am very concerned that our culture has shut down debates.   I discussed earlier my concern about a stable government needing a super-majority consent to be governed by a mere majority.   I suggested this consent comes from mutual respect of equal intelligence and good intentions despite having differences of opinions.   I think…

Nothing Personal

In my previous post on diversity in the workplace, I described a difference of expectations for diversity.   My view of diversity is to foster exchange of ideas that are relevant to advancing the mission of the team. The contrary view is that diversity encourages people to replace old forms of identity with an new…

Understanding diversity: acknowledging intelligence

I have been thinking about a work-place emphasis on promoting diversity.    What is it that we should be aspiring to achieve? When we get the occasional updates for diversity sensitivity training, it seems always to be presented as some new never-before attempted initiative.   I realize that the training audience needs to include first-year…