November 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month
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
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.
Publication date: 19/10/2017
Publisher: HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||19th October 2017|
|Publisher:||HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, The Real World,|
|Categories:||Social discrimination & inequality, Social groups,|
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).More About June Sarpong