Category: Inclusive Diversity

Rachel Naomi, Listening

The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen.  Just listen.  Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention.


Diversity Key Tool in the Fight for the Creative Class

In a recent study conducted by Smart City Consulting in Memphis, Tennessee, Diversity emerged as a key theme, a principle that participants described as enhancing innovation and having a positive economic impact. The survey involved 1,000 college-educated people aged 25 to 34, and it found that two-thirds of respondents decided where they wanted to live first, then went to that city and found a job afterward. “Diversity is the linchpin to it all,” Mr. Jones was quoted “Diversity of ideas Read more...


Myers-Briggs Type & Culture

Cultural norms may influence the way that Myers-Briggs Type is expressed, that is how it "looks" however type distributions for different countries are fairly similar (Source: MBTI Manual, Chapter 14). For example, based on behavioral expression (and some stereotyping), it would be natural to suggest that Italy is a nation of extroverts and Finland is a nation of Introverts. However, type distributions in Italy and Finland suggest that these countries have similar percentages on the Extroversion-Introversion dichotomy. This was proven Read more...


When Differences Collide

When differences collide often all hell breaks loose. Most often the collision is around deep rooted beliefs, values and attitudes (most often unspoken). Unless these BVAs surface and are acknowledged, either through self-awareness and/or feedback, it will be difficult to head off the collision. Addressing individually held BVAs that drive our behavior is everyone's response ability. It take us noticing ourselves in the interaction and what we bring to it, followed by creating resourceful responses to head off a collision Read more...


Exploring the Impact of Prejudice & Discrimination

Over the years, I have shown the video A Class Divided in my diversity sessions, as a way to explore prejudice and discrimination. A Class Divided is about an Iowa schoolteacher who, the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered in 1968, gave her third-grade students a first-hand experience in the meaning of discrimination. This is the story of what she taught the children, and the impact that lesson had on their lives. Whenever I have shown it, it has had Read more...