The key to a more diversity-accepting world (a simple thing we all can do)


It’s been one week since Barack Obama’s inauguration… an event that many Americans – even seasoned journalists and non-politically minded citizens – found uniquely inspiring.

With the historic inauguration day – and all the emotion that went with it – over, I’ve wondered how much of this improved acceptance will carry over into day-to-day life. Will those diverse individuals who stood shoulder to shoulder at the Washington Mall work toward being more accepting and respectful of their co-workers of different race, age, gender, and sexual orientation… or was this just a one-time thing?

And, more importantly, what can we as individuals do to help continue to create a society that accepts and respects diversity?

I contacted George Crochet, the owner of an organizational development firm that's helped many businesses and organizations with diversity issues over the years. Crochet participated in his first sit-in at the age of 12 and helped get his Texas high school integrated… all through peaceful, respectful, and community-building approaches.

His story all by itself is interesting – from his early actions to how he and his wife raised their two bi-racial sons to be successful and self-assured men – as is his practical advice on how we can all create a more harmonious world.

The main thing he suggests we do may feel a little risky to some of us, but it truly could change everything.

George Crochet interview (runs 29:35)

[When you click on the link, a new window will open and the audio will start playing automatically. Depending on your connection speed, that could take anywhere from a few to several – seemingly very long – seconds, especially since this interview runs almost a half hour.]