The Power of Diversity

The Conference Board of Canada, February 15, 2012
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Why can teams of people find better solutions than brilliant individuals working alone? And why are the best group decisions and predictions those that draw upon the very qualities that make each of us unique? The answer is diversity—not what we look like outside, but what we look like within, our distinct tools and abilities.

Join Scott Page and The Conference Board of Canada for The Power of Diversity, an interactive, 60-minute webinar that will provide new insights into how to use diversity to improve an organization’s predictions, decisions, and problem solving capabilities.

Scott Page researches how diversity improves performance and decision making. He is the author of The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies, about how we think in groups and why collective wisdom works. Scott’s current book, Diversity and Complexity provides and introduction to the role of diversity in complex adaptive systems. He is an expert on collective performance and decision making through diversity. Scott Page is Professor of complex systems, political science and economics at the University of Michigan.

Webinar Highlights

Ability matters. But—here’s the catch—so does diversity. Join Scott Page for The Power of Diversity, a live, interactive, 60-minute webinar that will provide new insights into how to use diversity to improve an organization’s predictions, decisions, and problem solving capabilities.

Moving beyond the politics that cloud standard debates about diversity, Scott will discuss why difference beats out homogeneity, whether you’re talking about citizens in a democracy or scientists in the lab, and why diversity trumps ability. He examines practical ways to apply diversity’s logic to a host of problems, and offers surprising examples, from the redesign of the Chicago “El” to the truth about where store our ketchup.

This presentation links to smart mobs, wise crowds, identity diversity, globalization, and interdisciplinary science . . . The same logic that shows how cognitive diversity improves the performance of a predictive market can show how including identity diverse—and experientially and vocationally diverse—people improves the performance of a problem-solving team. Join in the discussion on February 15 and hear more about improving collective performance and decision making through diversity.

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