Diversify: How To Challenge Inequality and Why We Should [Book Review]

Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without – that’s a quote from William Sloane Coffin

Find out why it’s also in the introduction of another book that we’re reviewed

Here are some key messages from this episode

  • Why we need to be aware of the Other in the room
  • Why Diversity is more than one thing
  • How you can challenge yourself mentally and physically to Diversify and much more

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Here are some key takeaways from this episode:

Expand your Circle of Human Concern

“The way it’s presented in the book is that if we think of society, there are people who have empathy, value and reverence in society, they can be described as being at the centre of the Circle of Human Concern”

The Six Degrees of Integration to change your Social Circle

“These are six steps that the author believes can change our behaviour patterns and lead us to having more diverse and inclusive social circles. These were peppered throughout the book”

How Rejection Therapy can help you get what you want

“the author was talking about how in the workplace there was evidence to suggest that women deal with rejection worse than men because they don’t judge themselves as harshly. A way to address this is to engage in rejection therapy”

Here are some resources so you can go deeper: 


Diversify:  How To Challenge Inequality and Why We Should by June Sarpong

PhD Thesis 

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