Difference is ACE

For several weeks I have been refining and rehearsing my talk for TEDxDorking (I’m getting very excited by the way 🙂 )  My theme is Nurturing Our Knowledge Engine; at the heart of which is the amazing potential and value created by diversity.  Embracing and championing the value of difference is so important because it helps us to…

  • harness the power of various perspectives and experiences
  • extend potential and create opportunities beyond our wildest dreams
  • learn, develop and innovate together

Fundamentally we are all different and in a complex, inter-connected, dynamic world like ours the power that difference brings to individuals and communities should never be underestimated or undervalued.

In a nutshell, differences are ACE because they bring…

Advantage  .  Creativity  .  Energy

… to the beneficiaries and builders of our knowledge engine.

After all, if you were making a fruit salad it would be a bit boring with only one type of fruit in it wouldn’t it!

And staying with the fruit analogy here’s a great quote from George Bernard Shaw…

heart“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will heartstill each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”

Harnessing our collective differences and the fresh perspectives and ideas this brings is definitely ACE!

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