I spent an inspiring day at Nui te Kōrero – the big conversation about diversity, hosted by Creative New Zealand.
Here are some of the thoughts and quotes from the various presentations, discussions and conversations that resonated most with me:
- There is a reluctance by organisations to articulate who they serve. What does the audience need to look like in the future?
- Organisations need to own up to who they are, what their audience and staff profile is (and linked to above – what they want it to be).
- To change programming, but to programme work not as a diversity initiative but because it’s great work and for any audience.
- How can we reculture commerce rather than commercialise culture?
- Working with communities needs to be reciprocal – what does the community gain?
- To change diversity we need to have uncomfortable conversations, get out of our comfort zone, dismantle existing structures. Embracing change.
- To create a culture of diversity in our organisations (although I would rather call it “a culture of inclusion”).
- But let’s not over-complicate diversity, let’s go and make it happen.
- Diversity is personal – it is about the future we want to see.
Now I am thinking about my own practice and my clients in regards to the final question we were left with: “What will you do to advance your work in the diversity area?”