Diversify by June Sarpong

Diversify

By June Sarpong

  • Release Date: 2017-08-24
  • Genre: Social Science
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’Engaging and informative … highlights our common humanity’ Kofi Annan

‘A passionately written polemic’ You Magazine

In troubling times, it’s tempting to retreat to our comfort zones. To people just like us.

But what if actively seeking the unfamiliar was proven to be the key to a brighter future – both personally and for society
at large?

In this fierce, empowering call to arms, June Sarpong MBE puts the spotlight on groups who are often marginalised in our society, including women, those living with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community. Diversify uncovers how a new approach to how we work, learn and live can help us reach our maximum potential, lessen the pressure on the state, and solve some of the most stubborn challenges we face.

Drawing on new case studies – from shared parental leave, to flexible teaching methods, to communal living for pensioners and students – and with never-before published research from Oxford University, Diversify is an fierce and empowering guide to navigating a new way. And, alongside stellar research and inspiring stories are six simple and revolutionary exercises: the first steps on a journey to overcoming personal prejudice and reaping the huge rewards.

The old way isn’t working.
This is a case for change.

Reviews

‘Engaging and informative … June Sarpong examines the research behind diversity and discrimination while grounding them in personal narratives, highlighting our common humanity.’ Kofi Annan, co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize

‘I am so glad June Sarpong is working on this matter of diversity. We don't seem to know how to handle differences. When will we learn that we share one common humanity as Shakespeare's Shylock declared so eloquently?’ Desmond Tutu

‘My experiences during the Holocaust has led me on a lifetime mission to promote the benefits of diversity … telling my story and that of my step-sister Anne Frank and why civil society must do all it can to protect and celebrate our diversity. Diversify helps us take the first steps on the journey to tolerance.’ Eva Schloss MBE

“A passionately written polemic” You Magazine

‘How boring would life be without diversity? A case of the bland leading the bland. Life would be pretty … dull without [my autistic son’s] literal, lateral, tangential take on the world … Mozart, Orwell, Van Gough, Warhol and many other amazing artists, scientists and musicians were on the autistic spectrum. And yet only 15% of autistic people are in the workforce. If only we would learn to think outside the neurotypical box’ Kathy Lette

‘An engaging read with lots of important and good ideas’ Stylist

About the author

June Sarpong MBE (born 31 May 1977) is one of the most recognisable British television presenters and broadcasters. She's also the co-founder of the WIE Network (Women:Inspiration and Enterprise).

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