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Getting Serious About Diversity: Enough Already with the Business Case

Summary.    Leaders may mean well when they tout the economic payoffs of hiring more women and people of color, but there is no research support for the notion that diversifying the workforce automatically improves a company’s performance.

This article critiques the popular rhetoric about diversity and revisits an argument the authors made 25 years ago: To fully benefit from increased racial and gender diversity, organizations must adopt a learning orientation and be willing to change the corporate culture and power structure.

Four actions are key for leaders: building trust and creating a workplace where people feel free to express themselves; actively combating bias and systems of oppression; embracing a variety of styles and voices inside the organization; and using employees’ identity-related knowledge and experiences to learn how best to accomplish the firm’s core work.

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Currnt – Knowledge on demand with a fresh perspective

Currnt – a market intelligence platform for Professionals, Organizations and Consultants who need fresh and relevant insights and perspectives.

You can join for free and earn U$ and as a member you can:

Increase your network with high level professionals around the world

Share knowledge and learn more about your field

Participate in streams (Groups) with topics of your interest

Be invited to participate at paid panels together with other top experts of your field

They have several “streams” or groups to join below: Streams are for limited time only, join asap.

Sustainability in the Textiles and Garments Industry of the Future

The Evolving Startup Environment

The Smart City of the Future

Cities Smart Mobility

Circular economy and sustainable packaging

Small businesses priorities in 2021

The Development of the Chief Marketing Officer of the Future

Next Gen Technology in Channel Sales & Marketing

Rising Prices in the Carbon Credit Marketplace

The future of sustainability for consumers health products

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Inclusive design pioneer August de los Reyes dies of COVID-19 complications

August de los Reyes, a prominent designer who helped develop the modern Xbox interface and became a fierce advocate for inclusivity in design, has died. He had only left the house three times since March of last year—for a doctor’s appointment, for a license renewal, and to vote, according to his husband. He died on December 21. He was 50 years old.

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Design for Humanity: People and Planet

Is the quest for inclusive design so difficult that we need so many different terms? Are new-fangled methodologies improving the situation if the aims are the same? Many different ways of promoting the process of designing inclusively is surely confusing everyone. Enter “Humanity-Centred Design”. This one is a bit different because it’s about the planet […]

Design for Humanity: People and Planet — Centre for Universal Design Australia

Universal Design Summit 7

Universal Design Summit is a preeminent conference in North America, drawing experts in universal design from across the globe. UD Summit has traditionally focused on universal housing and inclusive communities. Event organizers are pleased to announce the expansion of UD Summit to include inclusive design in digital spaces.  Our current plan is to offer simultaneous virtual and in-person conferences.

UD Summit 7 will be held in May 2021 in St. Louis and attract several hundred designers, developers, builders, contractors, and architects from across the country and the globe. UD Summit 7 will provide exceptional content in the areas of affordable housing for all ages and abilities, universal design in public spaces, physical and digital community access, and universal design in digital spaces.  A pre-conference seminar will focus on ADA regulations and accessibility requirements for housing.  Continuing education credits will be offered through a variety of professional associations including AIA, IDCEC, IOTA and more.  Dozens of vendors of related products and services will be on display throughout the conference.  Opportunities abound to network with inclusive-minded professionals from varied industries.

If there is an imposing health risk to participants due to COVID-19, the event will be held virtually in the same time frame. Our current plan is to offer simultaneous virtual and in-person conferences.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITION SEPTEMBER 30

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SYMPOSIUM – Speculative Design: Afrofuturist and indigenous projections

SYMPOSIUM

Speculative Design: Afrofuturist and indigenous projections

1.45-8PM, Wednesday 2 May 2018

Banqueting Suite, Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street

London SW1P 4JU

This afternoon symposium brings together researchers and practitioners whose work engages with the themes of Afrofuturism, Indigenous Futures, and other emerging areas of science-fictional/future-orientated cultural practice in which people of colour, indigenous cultures and non-Western subjects take centre stage.

Speculative design will be addressed in terms of its ability to raise problems, rather than solve them. As a tool for speculation, it opens up spaces for presenting problems, to model alternatives, and to generate imaginative responses. It will be explored in relation to cultural practices including art, comics and science fiction writing.

SCHEDULE

13.30 – 14.00 Registration
14.00 – 14.15 Introduction to symposium proceedings

Dan Byrne-Smith

14.20 – 15.05 Keynote

Afrofuturism: Imaginaries, Realities and Practices

Professor Julian Henriques

15.10 – 15.55 Designing a Black Futurity

Florence Okoye

16.00 – 16.45 Finding Fatima: An exercise in location

Natascha Nanji

16.45 – 17.15 Break
17.15 – 18.00 Make It So: World-building in–and out of–Cyberspace

Skawennati

18.05 – 18.50 Keynote

This Is Not My Beautiful House:

Reclaiming Our Futures from a Techno-Orientalist Vision

Kelly Kanayama

18.50 – 20.00 Drinks

This symposium is convened by Dr Dan Byrne-Smith, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art theory, Chelsea College of Arts and presented by the Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School Public Programme.

Tickets: £8/6 concessions (includes a post-event drink)

Bookings: http://bit.ly/speculative-design-symposium

Workshop in Inclusive Design from DMI

Jeanine Spence

Principal, Current Associates

Inclusive Design Workshop

Inclusive Design considers the full range of human diversity to deliver better experiences for everyone. This workshop  will help you focus on both a mind shift and changes to your design and research methods that will:

  • Help you recognize your biases/exclusion
  • Alter your practices to reduce exclusion
  • Help you see ways to bring others along on the transformation journey

This workshop starts with an overview of Inclusive Design principles, the impacts of exclusion, and the business case for inclusion. The centerpiece of the workshop is the Inclusive Design Practices Framework, an immersive examination of how learning from diverse lived experiences challenges designers to approach problems from new perspectives and to let go of the fictional “average customer”.

This approach moves past typical accessibility considerations to emphasize making products and services that work better for everyone. In the concluding section, participants reflect on how their design and research practices will evolve when inclusion is the focus.

Who Should Attend?

  • Designers / Design Leaders
  • Design Researchers
  • Product Managers
  • Individual contributors whose work has an impact on the future of the organization
  • Human Resources Professionals

What Will You Learn?

  • You’ll learn to recognize how products and experiences unintentionally exclude people.
  • Get a framework that will give you concrete ways to include more perspectives and create more inclusive results for a broader impact.

Pricing:

This workshop is being held in conjunction with the Innovative Thinking on Diversity & Inclusion Conference
If you are attending the conference: $300 per person

If you are not attending the conference: $450 per person

Register for The Workshop Here

Location:

LPK Mansion and Innoventures Hall
22 Garfield Place
Cincinnati, OH