Mixing It Up On Nonprofit Boards: Diversify or Fail

Mixing It Up On Nonprofit Boards: Diversify or Fail

I love Scott E. Page's book, "The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies." First of all, he is a kindred spirit, talking about joy, diversity, and Ben and Jerry's New York Super Fudge Chunk (my favorite). He also opens his chapters with delightful and illuminating quotations from an eclectic array of historians, rock stars, writers, comedians, philosophers, and others.

"What each of us has to offer, what we can contribute to the vibrancy of our world, depends on our being different in some way, in having combinations of perspectives, interpretations, heuristics, and predictive models that differ from those of others. These differences aggregate into a collective ability that exceeds what we possess individually," shows Page, a professor of complex systems, political science, and economics.

I have seen this phenomenon with many dozens of nonprofit boards..

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