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September 2016


Motley Crews

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They had great hair. They rocked the world, they got banned from Edmonton, Canada for hurling a television from a sixth-floor hotel window. But despite their hijinks, I’m not here to talk about the famous 80s Metal Band, Mötley Crüe. I’m talking about Diversity.

The term ‘motley crew’ is used to describe ‘a roughly organized assembly of characters of various backgrounds, appearance, and character’. And if you think back to almost every film about teams from The Great Escape to The Goonies, it’s often the motley-ness of a crew that helps it prevail.

The term ‘motley crew’ is used to describe ‘a roughly organized assembly of characters of various backgrounds, appearance, and character’.

The diverse set of skills, experiences, views of the world, knowledge, and connections help the motley crews out of scrapes, defeat their often uniform(ed) and unimaginative opponents and create ingenious solutions to complex challenges. (Usually involving zip-wires, in the case of The Goonies) So let me ask you a question. How motley is your crew?

How truly different are the people that you work with?

If your answer is ‘we’re basically a combination of The Goonies and The Great Escape’ then chances are you’re on the right track, but if you feel surrounded by people either from a similar background or who may be acting a certain way at work, because that’s what’s expected of them, then guess what? You might have an un-motley crew. A team that’s more uniform than it needs to be. A team that might be constrained by outdated stereotypes and notions of what’s ‘normal’. A team that once back at home, or out discovering new places, attending a grandchild’s play, or volunteering at a community shelter feel they can be themselves, but as soon as you put them in a workplace context, the motley-ness disappears. The uniformity creeps in, authenticity evaporates and the ability to innovate sails off into the sunset.

So next time you’re holding a meeting – take some time to think about your favourite motley crew. And if it is indeed the 80s Metal Band from Southern California, then go ahead and rock the boat.






Diversity: The Business Case

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Know someone who needs convincing? Here’s a selection of the most recent headlines linking a diverse workforce to a better financial outcome…

Companies with the best racial and ethnic diversity are more 35% likely to outperform their industry competitors.
McKinsey Jan 2015 study

Increased diversity of perspectives on executive boards leads to them outperforming their all-male run peers. In the UK this translates into an opportunity cost of around £48.5bn (in national terms around 3% of GDP.) Grant Thornton, Sept 2015

“When internal diversity and inclusion scores are strong, and employees feel valued, they will serve our customers better, and
we’ll be better off as an organisation.” Brian Moynihan, CEO Bank of America

77% of Millennials reported choosing their employer based on the positive role the company performed in society (i.e. doing the right thing, CSR, social role equal workplace). Deloitte January 2015 study

High gender diversity companies have delivered slightly better returns, with lower volatility, compared with their low diversity or sector peers, and they have moderately outperformed on average in the past five years. Morgan Stanley Study ‘A Framework for Gender Diversity in the Workplace. April 2016




Visible:In at Art Licks Weekend

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At Altogether Different we’re big believers in show not tell – and that’s why we believe you’re much more likely to have a meaningful interaction from art or experience than simply reading about diversity issues. When we came across artist Lea Nagano’s powerful exhibition ‘MIXEDNESS’ a few months ago, we felt passionate about sharing her message and unique voice with others. In this collection, German-Japanese Lea offers insights into the complexity of mixed-race perceptions, and initiates a dialogue about how race constructs identities.

British-Ghanaian artist Heather Agyepong stages self-portraits to re-enact the story of Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta, an African girl who was ‘gifted’ to Queen Victoria to highlight issues of racism, objectification and perceptions of the ‘African Princess’.

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve partnered with Seen Fifteen gallery to host a joint exhibition Visible:InVisible:In is an exhibition of photography, video installations and live performance and is one of the exhibitors at Art Licks Weekend 2016.


Visit:  Seen Fifteen gallery (Bussey Building, SE15)
Site: Art Licks Weekend
Dates: Sept 29 – Oct 2