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We always talk about diversity as being important, which it is, but if you don’t have diversity of thought what’s the point. We’re selling products to the masses not our very small advertising bubble.

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For the last time, diversity of thought is not about diversity. It's means precisely the opposite - it's a term coined by people who perceive they are *losing* opportunity or voice if diversity of people (color) is emphasized. Diversity of people IS diversity of thought my dude.

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If you have people coming from similar backgrounds and similar institutions, yeah, you definitely are creating a bubble of thought. This often aligns with race, but doesn’t always

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This post came from me sitting in a room of diverse creatives (sexual orientations, race, gender etc.) and they all had the same general life opinions. They watched the same shows listened to the same music and had very similar urban liberal upbringings. Our target for our product was Midwest 30+ rural people. And they were oblivious to those experiences. It occurred to me that without diversity of thought you’re not getting the most out of the power of diversity.

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Strange that a gay person watched the same shows as the straight white people. I personally only watch Madonna music videos.

Diversity. I am probably among the least “diverse” LOOKING people in the game, but my background and path into & through advertising was anything but typical and it often brings a perspective that people who got here the “proper” way simply can’t have. But trying to get some folks to understand that is squaring the circle.

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What straw man are we beating up here? Like, did you just leave a meeting full of diverse-looking people, yet they all grew up in suburban Idaho? What are you pushing back against? To most of us, diverse backgrounds means diverse upbringing, experiences, and thoughts.

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Refer back to your own comment about straw men.

Congrats OP on being you in that room, the voice of Midwestern 30+ rural people. Your presence in that meeting as a person further reinforces the understanding that diversity of people IS diversity of thought. You brought your own unique understandings. Liberal group-thought within the ad industry is an issue, but it's distinct from what you're talking about. Put the phrase "diversity of thought" to bed, and you'll get many more allies.

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