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The limitations of diversity and inclusion

In this video, Mark Martin, Adiba Maduegbuna and Alex Fefegha discuss the limitations of diversity and inclusion initiatives.

In this video, Mark explains the importance of participation in genuinely embedding diversity and inclusion in organisations. He draws on Vernā Myers’ statement: “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance” (1), and says that participation allows you to design the party itself and be comfortable whilst you’re there.

Adiba and Alex discuss some of the limitations of Diversity and Inclusion initiatives and the importance of creating spaces where people feel they can experiment, fail, improve and innovate.

Alex talked about the importance of being able to fail and learn from mistakes in the creative industries. In the comment section below discuss the following questions:

  • What helps you feel confident about ‘failing’?
  • How can supporting diverse groups to fail create a more innovative environment?


  1. Diversity and Inclusion Training, Vernā Myers.
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