Online ExpertTrack in Business & Management

Develop Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Creative Industries

Learn to foster a more diverse creative process and working environment that leads to more representative creative work.

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Understand DEI and create more representative development processes

Have you ever noticed the lack of diversity within the creative industries?

Media in the UK is predominantly driven by white, heteronormative, middle to upper-class males who live in London. That’s not a criticism of those individuals but a statement of fact.

This ExpertTrack will help you and your teams working in the creative industries to understand the lack of diversity and its negative impact on the ability to create representative work.

Discover strategies to increase diverse perspectives and improve representation

Non-diverse work cannot hope to serve the diverse consumers of that product. Creative businesses cannot keep up with market demands without a deep understanding and implementation of representation in their work.

You will learn actionable ways to foster greater diversity in your work through fostering positive group thinking, improving representation in your research, and better understanding cultural appreciation.

Create bespoke solutions to mitigate or foster different forms of groupthink

The creative industries are primarily dominated by young, white, middle to upper class, heterosexual males who live in London. That is a massive problem for the industry, and therefore for the people that the industry serves.

You’ll start this ExpertTrack by examining the concept of groupthink, learning about its potentially negative consequences on the creative industry and how you might foster positive alternatives.

Cultivate a rich variety of perspectives in both research and recruitment

Representing your audience accurately is extremely important for any business, but with a lack of diversity and inclusion in recruitment, research, and development practices, this has become a difficult task for the creative industry.

You’ll explore how non-diverse research and recruitment negatively affects creative processes, while also developing strategies and techniques to foster diverse research and recruitment.

Learn from the experts at Livity

This ExpertTrack has been created by Livity and developed by a number of experts in creative development and diversity.

You’ll learn from founders and creative directors from some of the leading companies in culture and creativity.

Key skills you will learn

  • Diverse development practices
  • Inclusive management
  • Inclusive design practices
  • Confronting bias
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Combatting stereotypes
  • Cultural awareness and belonging
  • Mitigation of microaggressions
  • Critical thinking
  • Healthy debate practices
  • Self-reflection
  • Inclusive research practices

Learning outcomes

By the end of the ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to...

  • Compare appropriation to appreciation
  • Assess your research for diversity of thought
  • Create logical arguments to support your beliefs about cultural appropriation
  • Apply strategies to mitigate the symptoms of groupthink
  • Discuss the definition of groupthink

Experience required

There is no prior experience required for this introductory ExpertTrack. However, a willingness to confront systemic and personal biases is essential to get the most out of these courses.

Getting started

This ExpertTrack is designed for anyone who has experienced, witnessed, or contributed to nondiverse creative work or environments and would like to foster and encourage diversity in their work or organisation.

It will be especially useful to those already working in the creative industries.

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

    Explore why you need diversity in your creative processes and how to make sure to exemplify appreciation, not appropriation.

    1 peer-graded assignment

    3 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      What is cultural appropriation and is it even a bad thing?
      • Introduction to the course
      • Part One: Historical examples of appropriation, appreciation or diffusion?
      • Part Two: Historical examples of appropriation, appreciation and diffusion
      • Wrapping up Week 1
    • Week 2

      Defining cultural appropriation and its affect on society
      • Welcome to Week 2
      • Defining our terms
      • Cultural appropriation's impact on arguments and business
      • How data-driven approaches can lead to cultural appropriation
      • Appreciation vs consumption
      • Wrapping up Week 2
    • Week 3

      How to avoid appropriating cultures in creative media
      • Welcome to Week 3
      • What can you do to increase understanding and diversity?
      • Peer Graded Assignment
      • Exploring other cultures and getting involved
      • End of the course
  • Course 2

    Understand how to use different techniques to bring a rich variety of perspectives to the table, in both research and recruitment.

    1 peer-graded assignment

    2 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Research and diversity: They should go hand in hand
      • Welcome to Cultivating Diversity through Research and Insights
      • When research fails
      • Mindsets that decrease diversity
      • It's not hard to find the right people
      • Peer Graded Assignment
      • Wrapping up Week 1
    • Week 2

      Let's get granular
      • Welcome to Week 2!
      • What happens when people are empowered?
      • Small steps
      • Let's get baking
      • Research solutions
      • End of the course
  • Course 3

    Learn strategies and techniques to reduce negative groupthink and bring diverse perspectives into the ideation process.

    5 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Groupthink: What is it? How does it happen? What does it do?
      • Welcome to Week 1 of Groupthink
      • What is groupthink and how does it affect diversity?
      • Diversity affects groupthink from top to bottom
      • Summary of the week
    • Week 2

      True beliefs vs knowledge
      • Welcome to Week 2
      • True beliefs and knowledge: What's the difference?
      • Groupthink: Is it always a bad thing?
      • Summary of the week
    • Week 3

      Strategies to mitigate groupthink: Part 1
      • Welcome to Week 3
      • The first two symptoms
      • The next two symptoms
      • Wrapping up Week 3
    • Week 4

      Strategies to mitigate groupthink: Part 2
      • Welcome to Week 4
      • Self-censorship and how to avoid it
      • The final three symptoms
      • What about this scenario?
      • Summary of the week
    • Week 5

      Methods, authenticity and inclusion
      • Coming up this week
      • Methods, authenticity and inclusion
      • Summary of course

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  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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