"How Diversity Makes Us Smarter"
BY BY KATHERINE W. PHILLIPS VIA SCIENTIFICAMERICAN.COM
BEING AROUND PEOPLE WHO ARE DIFFERENT FROM US MAKES US MORE CREATIVE, MORE DILIGENT AND HARDER-WORKING: Decades of research by organizational scientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists and demographers show that socially diverse groups (that is, those with a diversity of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation) are more innovative than homogeneous groups.Celebrating Lunar New Year! 2016 the Year of the Fire Rooster on Chinese Zodiac. Celebrating Lunar New Year! 2017 the Year of the Fire Rooster on Chinese Zodiac.
It seems obvious that a group of people with diverse individual expertise would be better than a homogeneous group at solving complex, nonroutine problems. It is less obvious that social diversity should work in the same way—yet the science shows that it does. This is not only because people with different backgrounds bring new information. Simply interacting with individuals who are different forces group members to prepare better, to anticipate alternative viewpoints and to expect that reaching consensus will take effort. Read Full Article via scientificamerican.com