Creating a Workplace Climate that Welcomes Diverse Perspectives

Many organizations have found the goal of a truly inclusive workplace difficult to realize. One reason is that we’ve lost sight of an important axis of diversity: diversity of perspectives—political, ideological, and otherwise. We often recognize that a climate with open communication and where a range of perspectives are welcomed is also one where cooperation, productivity, and innovation will thrive; however, getting there has remained elusive. This new climate doesn’t come from a toolkit or a checklist of to-do items: It comes from a new way of thinking. We’ll talk about how to bring it to life.

Ilana Redstone is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a faculty fellow at Heterodox Academy, and founder of Diverse Perspectives Consulting. She is a contributing writer at, the creator of the video series Beyond Bigots and Snowflakes, and the co-author of Unassailable Ideas: How Unwritten Rules and Social Media Shape Discourse in American Higher Education.

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