A new series of articles reframes D&I to shift the focus from special interest groups to large audiences. It was often proclaimed that ‚everyone‘ should be part of D&I and that it is an embedded business topic. Here are three related deep dives.
As D&I experts, we have always advocated change, based on a thorough look at hidden dynamics and taking into account changing contexts. While we see many signs of good progress and real success, a number of worrying and even threating elements tell us to rethink,realign and revise our work.
Nicht Vielfalt feiern, sondern Wertschöpfung gestalten. Nicht Massnahmen umsetzen, sondern Change als Chance verstehen. Ein Abend mit neuen Impulsen für 100 Schweizer EntscheiderInnen.
Conferences can be beauty contests, at times. The first large National Diversity Conference in Lithuania, however, decided to also address critical issue right at the beginning.
Since Diversity started. the topic has evolved from an innovative niche topic to a broadly tackled issue. In order to get fresh and critical insight from the outside, one of the pioneer D&I magazines, Profiles in Diversity Journal, has invited a European to become columnist in 2019. C.f. pp 52-53.
Exposing yourself to differences is known to contribute to reducing biases. Following this thought, researchers tested the role of nationality in inter-personal relationships among expats. They found a significant interplay.
Alongside Fridays for Future and other movements, a new form of generational dispute can be noticed: Young people not feeling that their voices are heard and wanting to break with the past to create their future – by themselves and for themselves.
It was a surprising opportunity for European Diversity: just a few days after they had presented a D&I vision for Europe in Budapest, the team publicly used their brand-new company logo to communicate a European message to Erdogan’s entourage passing in front of their Cologne offices.
In an attempt to justify the ban of gender studies from Hungarian Universities, State officials claimed that differences between men and women were purely biological. Hence there was no need to do research or to teach Gender in Hungary.
The job of a D&I manager often involves a miracle agenda: Make progress, deliver benefits, include everyone and manage complex stakeholders. Hence, they need a variety of skills and deep knowledge in many areas. Where do they acquire and develop these?
Having a truly global and inspirational discussion about D&I. This is one of the aims of the World D&I Congress taking place in February 2018 in Mumbai and hence away from the mainstream. It will be hosted by D&I pioneer, Michael Stuber, and it coincides with the World Women Leadership Congress.
Die immer internationalere Wirtschaft benötigt nicht nur Fachkräfte, sondern auch inter-kulturelle Vielfalt. Ausländische Studierende mit deutschem Abschluss wären ideal, jedoch gelingt ihnen der Berufseinstieg eher mühevoll – so eine aktuelle SVR-Studie. Eine weitere Untersuchung, ebenfalls vom SVR, zeigt: Wer ‚anders‘ aussieht stößt auf Ablehnung.
Das Fachmagazin PersonalQuarterly deckt seit vielen Jahren das Thema Diversity nicht nur regelmäßig ab, sondern bietet dabei auch eine kompetente Mischung von Wissenschaft und Praxis. Die aktuelle Ausgabe beleuchtet Diversity und Innovation, kulturelle Vielfalt sowie eine europäische Forschungsübersicht. Das Wichtigste in Kürze.
It could be so simple and joyful: celebrating diversity, colourful balloons and smiling people. All good. However, anyone who tackles diversity in a simplistic way and presents it only as a business case is not only cheating on his or her own label – they will also quickly reach the limits of credibility and expectations of measurable success. This is shown both by longer-term maturity and by the effects of recent events. Two key issues have become apparent: a focus on individual issues and a quite superficial desire for change.
At its launch, the ERASMUS programme was revolutionary and provided literally unbelievable mobility. After 30 years, the stats and results are impressive. However, the look-and-feel of ERASMUS reports and events suggest a political and administrative focus rather than a celebration of a European spirit and integration. Other initiatives, like Pulse of Europe, show enormous spirit but lack the content or structure of established programmes. A combination of spirit and structure would be ideal – but is only found in few initiatives, like AEGEE.
For the second time, the Spanish Diversity Foundation recognised employers in different categories for their D&I work. The award-type ceremony formed part of a larger event that also included a Social Responsibility label and the signing of the Diversity Charter.
For twenty years, D&I was demanding inclusive behaviour and high ethical standards from dominant groups while running programmes for women and minorities. The analysis shows that this has to be reversed: D&I leaders should role model their ideals and work a lot more with the mainstream majority.
D&I is stuck in routine, generic strategies and a copy-and-paste mentality. This analysis shows how a lack of relevance to the business and too much regulation is limiting the scope and impact of Diversity. A new business focus can bring back the change into D&I and unleash intrinsic energy. Continue reading
It felt as if overnight many achievements of 20 years of D&I work were ruined when nationalistic and post-truth campaigns received support and were partially successful. A root cause analysis shows how badly managed globalisation and virtualisation led to fragile communities. D&I has the power to offer an alternative – but for that, it needs to be re-framed.
The European Union’s Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) has introduced a new online resource for Gender Statistics. It aims at serving as a comprehensive knowledge centre for gender statistics on various aspects of (in)equality between women and men. Initial tests show that the focus of the database is more on general demographics and public policy concerns than on employment or management.