By bringing diversity and inclusion to the forefront, even the most traditional organizations can enhance the design and implementation of social solutions. The scale and nature of the social issues humanitarians seek to address is ever-changing, making the ability to innovate a necessary core competence. Developing new ideas, including new ways of engaging with and relating to the people we aim to help, is critical to humanitarians’ ability to adapt and respond. And in today’s world, sustaining and supporting these new ways of working requires that we build an organizational culture that prioritizes diversity and inclusion—indeed, a culture that looks to diversity and inclusion as a new frontier for effective innovation.
Originally published in Stanford Social Innovation Review.