- 16 May 2019 10:31
New book puts a Human face on diversity in tech
Human: Global perspectives on diversity in tech features first-hand accounts from 25 individuals, offering insights into the reality of diversity and inclusivity within the global tech community. Global perspectives on diversity in tech features first-hand accounts from 25 individuals, offering insights into the reality of diversity and inclusivity within the global tech community.
Talent interviewed people in 18 cities working in tech at companies including Uber, Telstra, Virgin Australia, Tableau, Tech Nation, Dimension Data, Ogilvy and more. Those profiled encompass different ethnic backgrounds, religions, genders, ages, sexual orientations, abilities, and personal circumstances and provide a first-hand account of their experiences across various work environments.
By highlighting individual stories and learnings, not statistics, the book details the tangible strategies organisations can implement to become more diverse and inclusive and how this correlates to greater organisational success.
Talent Founder and Executive Chairman Richard Earl said Human speaks to the importance of embracing individuality.
“I passionately believe that diversity should be celebrated in tech, the workplace, and life. Through Human, our aim is to celebrate differences rather than similarities and see each person for who they authentically are, not the label society has given them. Hopefully, people reading this will identify with some of the stories and know they are not alone.”
Talent’s Global Chief Marketing Officer Melissa Brown said the decision to focus on personal experiences over data was a deliberate one.
“As a leader in our field, we have a duty to inspire the companies we work with to look beyond stereotypes and find exceptional people from all backgrounds to join their teams. This is one of the ways we can redefine recruitment and something we feel strongly about.”
Globally recognised and awarded diversity and inclusion consultant Troy Roderick is featured in the book. Troy said the collection of stories in Human prove that being inclusive is not a “set and forget” exercise.
“What I find most compelling about stories of difference is the fact that, in these profiles, side-by-side with the ever-present nature of diversity is the important presence of intentional inclusion. The active and deliberate efforts of leaders and colleagues, and the conditions around them that enable inclusion is what brings these stories to life. The profiles in this book loudly remind us of this.”