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Kenji Yoshino: "Companies really want inclusion but they predicate that inclusion on the surrender of various forms of diversity."

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6 days ago

"Companies really want inclusion but they often predicate that inclusion on the surrender of various forms of diversity that people bring to the table. So the idea is that if you modulate your outsider identity to adopt mainstream behaviors then you’ll be included. And so it puts people to this tragic choice between their identity and inclusion."

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Andrew Winston: Going Green is Good For Business

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13 days ago

Environmental Strategist Andrew Winston visited Big Think this week to discuss how the business world can play a major role in dealing with climate change.

"Often what people call sustainability... the things that fall under that that are environmental or social challenges – there’s this assumption in business that trying to tackle these issues will be expensive... There’s a sense that green was somehow not good for business. It wasn’t out of nowhere but that’s really a dated view. We now have a situation where the challenges are so vast and the world is changing so fundamentally that the only path we have forward is to manage these issues."

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S.I. Hayakawa: "Cultural and intellectual cooperation is the great principle of human life."

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14 days ago

"To be able to read and write is to learn to profit by and take part in the greatest of human achievements -- that which makes all other achievements possible -- namely, the pooling of our experiences in great cooperative stores of knowledge, available to all. From the warning cry of primitive man to the latest newsflash or scientific monograph, language is social. Cultural and intellectual cooperation is the great principle of human life."

-S.I. Hayakawa, from Language in Thought & Action