Consultancy in Diversity and Inclusion, a lecture from Ian Dodds (founder of Ian Dodds consultancy)
A couple of days ago I proposed to write an essay about the influence of cultural diversity in organisations when designing services and innovations. You can imagine how delighted I was to hear that we would get a 5 hour class about creating the right setting of diversity in a company: inclusion. My excitement was answered, Ian told with passion about the successes he has created in various companies. Not just the stories but also how he did that and how he showed managers what was lacking in their company.
Diversity has not only to do with ethnical or gender differences, there are more layers of diversity that set a tone for a company. Also we focus a lot on how different we are although you might want to built on each others’ similarities. I agreed with most of what Ian proposed. But the top-down implementation makes me hesitate to say it would still work nowadays. I think that many company organisations and people are changing to a more horizontal approach of innovation. If I can use the words of Jan Rotmans, professor in transitions, I would say: our time is about exchange and sharing in all directions, we don’t trust the top-down messages as much as we used to. We are in a change of times in these decades, finding out how our new system will look.