When a diversity of ideas and perspectives come together, innovation is born. […] Keep yourself in a room with different people so that problems can be examined differently.*
Migrants not only boost creativity through their own ideas but also through stimulating creativity amongst others […] those with more diverse networks solve problems very much more easily than those with less diverse networks.**
Douglas McWilliams is writing about the transformation a diverse workforce has made to the city of London, people from around the world working together, bringing their ideas and their perspectives. After Brexit, the essential problems still remain, deep-seated, unquestioned.
It’s not about immigration, it’s about systems that do not value everyone, especially those who struggle within it … leaving educational and training systems unchanged.
Some things are easier to measure than others, however, and our unwillingness to look for other or more complex ways to measure and value will continue to be our trap because we become blinkered:
‘But measurement can cut both ways. […] The minute we choose to measure something, we are essentially choosing to aspire to it.’^
Nassim Taleb puts it in his own inimitable way:
‘The fastest way to become rich is to socialise with the poor; the fastest way to become poor is to socialise with the rich.’^^