Beyond Diversity: 12 Non-Obvious Ways To Build A More Inclusive World
“A useful, forcefully written, and wide-ranging study of inequities—and how to fix them.” —Kirkus Reviews
Rohit Bhargava and Jennifer Brown’s progressive and inspiring book Beyond Diversity suggests means of building a more inclusive and accepting world. A wide range of voices and experiences are included, including transgender people and people of color, and the text leans into the successes that people have had when faced with challenges, helping to show what’s possible. The result is a book that makes daunting arenas, including those of family, personal identity, and work, feel accessible to change. The prose is straightforward and direct, and is complemented by the book’s bold design choices and approachable, short paragraphs. But its accessibility belies the power of its vision for what societies might achieve. It acknowledges hard realities, as of racism, while asking people to hold institutions accountable for any inequalities in them. And it welcomes discussions about identity, which it says should be approached with “less judgment and more patience.” Its thoughtful mix of ideas that can be implemented in groups with those that operate on the individual level are concrete; they recognize that “changing ourselves and our actions is hard,” but still say that diversity is worth the effort. Beyond Diversity is a cogent social science book that knows that progressive, meaningful change, though it may require collective action, begins with individuals. —Clarion Review
“Beyond Diversity provides a much-needed directive for those in power to get educated and use their influence to finally break down the barriers that have left so many of us behind.” —Minda Harts, Speaker, Founder, and Author of The Memo
“An urgently needed, eminently practical book that every leader should read which takes on a tough topic with sharp minds and open hearts.” —Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of When, Drive, and To Sell Is Human
“Beyond Diversity artfully uses the power of storytelling to connect the reader with the lived experience of LGBTQ+ people and other marginalized communities. This book opens eyes, hearts, and minds!” —Amber Hikes, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
“A must-read for anyone committed to a world where we all belong and contribute fully. I really enjoyed this book!” —Michele Meyer-Shipp, Chief People Officer for Major League Baseball
“Successful women advocate for themselves. For any woman of color seeking to unearth her individual power, this is an essential read.” —Deepa Purushothaman, Author of The First, The Few, The Only and Co-Founder of NFormation
“Thought-provoking, layered, and fresh. Wherever you may be in your journey, Beyond Diversity is the weapon in your DEI arsenal to make better inclusion choices.” —Michelle King, Author of The Fix and CEO of Equality Forward
“Beyond Diversity provides a roadmap to help all of us step into the conversation and be a part of the movement toward a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable society.” —Erin Uritus, CEO of Out and Equal
What if we could go beyond the conversation about diversity and take real action?
In early 2021, more than two hundred widely respected experts gathered virtually for the world’s most ambitious conversation about diversity. Our aim was to do more than spotlight injustice. We challenged ourselves to imagine how to fix it. The dialogue brought together casting directors, bookstore owners, disabled leaders, healthcare professionals, students, VCs, standup comedians, chief diversity officers, pro gamers, archaeologists, government insiders, startup founders, and even a master puppeteer.
Now for the first time, these solutions are compiled into one groundbreaking volume organized into twelve powerful themes including: storytelling, technology, identity, retail, education and more. Each chapter paints a revealing picture of the world: how it is, how it could be and what needs to happen for us to get there. For newcomers to the topic of diversity, and DEI experts alike, this book offers a much-needed actionable blueprint for creating a more inclusive world for us all.
- Over 10,000 copies sold
- Wall Street Journal Bestseller
- Axiom Gold Medal – Women/BIPOC
- Nautilus Silver Medal – Multicultural
- Foreword Indies Finalist – Multicultural (winners announced 6/16)
- Hermes Creative Award Platinum Winner – Print Book
- Next Gen Indies Award Winner – BIPOC
- International Book Award Winner – Multicultural
- National Indie Excellence Award – Multicultural
- Multicultural Nonfiction category winner – NYC Big Book Awards
- Nonfiction general category – 1st place winner PenCraft Book Award