“Talking of ‘diversity management’ means debating on the inclusiveness of public spaces, which should prevent the marginalization of differences. This is a crucial issue for political philosophy not to mention that the phenomenon of global migrations is of utmost importance also for companies. The event of the 13th of December is an important element within a well routed tradition of relationships that the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna has already established with the business world.”
“It is a crucial chance for debating an issue that is topical today: I mean the relationship between the person and her job, the latter understood as a constitutive part of individual identity. Talking of recognition, inclusion and valorization of the person is a significant choice at a time when the crisis tends to devalue all the issues mentioned above. And even more significant the fact that our laboratory put together different voices with the aim of engendering a change by identifying concret tools able to translate those principles into shared practices.”
“We see CrossThink-LAB as a box within which the worlds of academia, of business and finance can dialogue and express their visions and expectations at an equal and systemic pace. The issues that will be debated concern current and future economic and social priorities. The debate will originate reccommendations that our think tank is going to disseminate, with the purpose of influencing a change within universities, in the business and financial sectors towards the enhancement of a more and more virtuous and contiguous chain. In an ideal world the academia should prepare the foundations for development, the business sector should realize it and finance should sustain it. However, this actually does not happen: interests, status quo and short term priorities de facto limit the implementation of the process. The object of CrossThink-LAB is therefore challenging and demanding, but nonetheless full of potential.”
Diversity is a value and a precious resource, but it is at the same time a challenge, a category full of contradictions and critical points. It is therefore necessary to tackle the main challenges it raises and to highlight its potential in terms of assertion of individual rights, of valorization of people’s uniqueness vis à vis the dimensions of gender, age, culture, sexual orientation, disability etc. Through a multilevel analysis which ties key areas of people’s concrete lives, such as the social and the economic arenas, the conference aims at highlighting and sharing reflections and good practices that, although developed within different contexts, can nonetheless suggest sustainable and effective trajectories of action. Diversity, therefore, is meant as a possible answer to the financial and economic crisis and to the socio-political transformation that connects life experiences globally. Diversity as a territory where complex competences and expertise meet and mingle, drawing feasible alternatives that have at their very core the person, her rights and dignity.
The first panel wants to read Diversity from a critical point of view, breaking up and re-assembling its elements within a multidimensional perspective. Beyond the analysis of the philosophical basis, which lies on the concepts of identity and recognition, the speakers will devote specific attention to the social dimension of the concept, identifying critical aspects, contradictions as well as potentials related to the growing European cultural pluralism. The panel will focus on the multiple dimensions of Diversity within a managerial framework, tackling the main challenges and opportunities.
The second panel addresses financial and business factors, analysing some national and international experiences of excellence pertaining to the public and private sectors. Diversity will be also read from the twofold lens of human resources and marketing with a focus on the specific local and global contexts. It will try to understand why and how investing in Diversity represents a strategic and unavoidable choice.
In the Tavola Rotonda, under the input of Sant’Anna’s students and qualified discussants, institutional and non institutional subjects will address the challenges raised by the speakers elaborating a programmatic guiding document meant to influence and direct the realm of policies.
CrossThink-LAB is a think tank born of the cooperation between the Dirpolis Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa and the advisory firm Trim2. It has been thought as a space of debate between complementary and cross-cutting ideas which link the academic world with business and financial institutions. Characterized by a non-political vocation, and by a non profit and without geographical boundaries, CrossThink-LAB has at the very core of its research interests, issues pertaining to daily life and that require a urgent, in-depth, shared and interdisciplinary reflection. Loyal to its slogan ‘Sharing Knowledge, Inspiring Actions’, CrossThink-LAB aims at inspiring practices able to impact society and engender change.
It is therefore through this approach and its interdisciplinary and integrated perspective, that the complexity of the category of Diversity wants to be analyzed. Diversity understood as an aggregating factor but also as an element that by virtue of its complexity seems difficult to manage. The conference takes on the challenge of understanding the critical aspects inscribed in the concept with the purpose, however, of overcoming them and finally allowing the release of its potential.