Changing the global conversation about diversity
There is a pressing need to change the global conversation about diversity. In too many places, diversity is a source of competition and fear. Taken to extremes, escalating exclusion leads to oppression, extremism and violence. Rooted in respect and inclusion, pluralism offers a different path.
More than anything, a commitment to pluralism creates mutual benefits, giving every member of society reason to get along.
- When valued rather than feared, human diversity enriches and benefits a society.
- Having difference recognized by the state and the nation fosters belonging, participation and equality.
- Cultures of inclusion do not erase difference or disagreement; rather, they offer ways to manage conflict peacefully.
- Majority identities and minority aspirations must be considered.
- Pluralist societies require ongoing work and investment – by citizens, civil societies and governments – but the returns are enormous.
To change the conversation about diversity, attitudes and practices must change. Investments in education and teacher training are needed. Positive health outcomes and a sense of belonging and well-being are needed. Equitable access to and benefit from the resources of the state are needed.
Our work on pluralism
To help change the global conversation about diversity, the Centre is developing a Pluralism Lens. Based on our “pluralism drivers”, the Lens offers a holistic approach to thinking about the sources of inclusion and exclusion in diverse societies.
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