Diversity is our heritage and our future. At the GCRI, diversity is an integral part of our history, culture, and identity. We want to create an inclusive culture where all forms of diversity are seen as a real value for the community. That is why we approach diversity as a philosophy and as an objective. Central to our purpose is our commitment to attracting the most comprehensive array of innovators into our community.
Equality of opportunity is not enough. Unless we create an environment where everyone is guaranteed some minimum capabilities through some guarantee of minimum income, education, and healthcare, we cannot say that we have fair competition. Equity recognizes historical, racial, gender, and age inequities that continue to create unequal playing fields. Equity speaks in terms of recognition, restitution, assistance, and reparation. Equity realizes that true equality requires different treatment. Equity recognizes more than equal humanity. Equity recognizes shared humanity.
The acute challenges created by the paradigm shift all organizations must face demand that leaders at all levels get serious about thinking, acting, and learning like true innovators right away. Innovation lives in the careful balance of systemic freedom and systemic discipline necessary to discover and develop ideas to create radical new value. Three of innovation’s core values—inclusivity, possibility, and opportunity—are grounded in need for freedom, while the other three—capability, sustainability, and responsibility—are based on the need for discipline.
Transparent leadership results in members who understand the GCRI’s vision and how their efforts help achieve organization-wide goals. Transparency is at the top of the GCRI principles. Its internal wiki includes financials, board meeting decks, management meeting decks, strategic topics, anything, and everything members need to stay informed and aligned with the GCRI’s vision. Integrity, transparency, and the fight against corruption have to be part of the culture to overcome impunity and injustice.