Why we shouldn’t underestimate the power of diversity

Assistant professor and founding director of the Media Innovation program, Jeff Howe, and early-stage investor in technology companies including Twitter, Flickr and Kickstarter, Joichi “Joi” in a combined effort for TED, contends that the best way to prepare for a future of unknown complexity might be to build on the strength of our differences. This is to say that even though race, gender, socioeconomic background and disciplinary training are all important, – – it’s equally important to note they’re only important inasmuch as they are ciphers for the kinds of life experiences that produce cognitive diversity. After all, seeing that conventional management practice is often dead wrong about
who is best suited for a task, diversity need not come at the expense of ability…

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