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A powerful – and empowering – manifesto for transforming the world through integration.

The central premise of this thought-provoking, forward-thinking work is that “by operating in a more inclusive way towards everyone, we will be able to recognise the talents and potential of everyone.” Drawing on case studies and new research from Oxford University, broadcaster Sarpong analyses six marginalised groups and sets out to show the “social, moral and economic benefits of diversity” to all.

The poignant words of murdered MP Jo Cox are quoted, and provide a powerful echo throughout - “We have far more in common than that which divides us” – and Sarpong duly demonstrates how division and lack of inclusivity is detrimental to our entire society. The hard facts are just that (for example, only 2.5% of young people from poor backgrounds make it to a Russell Group University, compared with 8.9% of others. 70% of girls think they’re not “good enough”. Only 46.3% of working-age disabled people are in employment, compared with 76.4% of working-age non-disabled people), but this impassioned call to arms exudes hope and positivity - solutions are suggested. The author’s lucid style, and referencing of both academic research and personal experience is thoroughly engaging, and the suggested action points and discussion ideas provide food for thought for all ages. Indeed, this fresh and timely call-to-action comes heartily recommended for young adults and their teachers, as well as a general readership. ~ Joanne Owen

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Diversify by June Sarpong

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 six marginalised groups, including women, those living with disabilities, and the non cis community, and reveals how a lack of inclusivity limits our economy, our society, and us as individuals. Diversify draws on new case studies - from shared parental leave, to flexible teaching methods, and shared accommodation for pensioners and students - to uncover how changing our approach to how we work, learn and live can allow us to reach our maximum potential, lessen the pressure on the state, and solve some of the most stubborn challenges we face as a society. With never-before-published research from Oxford University and inspiring stories from around the globe, Diversify presents six simple and revolutionary steps to overcoming prejudice and reaping the huge rewards - as well as an unshakeable case for change.


`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

`May prove to be our handbook to negotiate these troubled times

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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Publication date

19th October 2017


June Sarpong

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HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


288 pages


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