Opinion: Why Diversity of People and Ideas Are Good For Business

Diversity Matters More Than Ever.

For 32 years, our customers from across the nation have entrusted their precious memories to our care. We’ve received photos of family vacations, historic moments, and so many smiling and happy faces of all backgrounds, ethnicities, races, genders, and sexual orientations.

Every picture we scan represents a true portrait of our nation and our world. Each one arrives at ScanMyPhotos to be preserved without prejudice or reservation.

Celebrate Diversity of People and IdeasOur photo scanning technology doesn’t care or discriminate about who’s in the picture. A memory is preserved as each snapshot passes through the digitization process. In light of current events, this is a process we all need to adopt.

Diversity is becoming an important part of the corporate culture.

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Looking at diversity through an objective lens

Unfortunately, subjectivity can often lead to bias. Learned behaviors which can be passed on to future generations are what often results in hate, racism, and discrimination. As we move deeper into a digital world, there is something we can stand to learn from our rapidly advancing tech. Algorithms, data, and technology are, by nature, objective. So, as this NPR article states, it might help if we all take an engineer’s approach to our current diversity and inclusion challenges and setbacks. It’s important that we focus more on the data and numbers rather than negative anecdotes and fear-based emotions.

“Ultimately, America’s answer to the intolerant man is diversity.”

— Robert Kennedy

Why diversity is important

We’re living at a tipping point. As events shed light on the ugly depths of intolerance and hate, we need diversity now more than ever. We need diversity in our schools, on our playgrounds, at our grocery stores, and where we work. Why? Because diversity offers fresh new perspectives on old problems; it opens up new worlds of experiences and viewpoints; it can lead to empathy—a better way of understanding the people who we live and work with.

“A lot of different flowers make a bouquet.”

— Muslim Origin

This is why ScanMyPhotos is passionate about the diversity and inclusion of people and ideas. We’ve seen the tapestry of American history, photo by photo. The one billion photos we preserved show a diverse picture of every family and person in our nation. No one photo is more precious than the other—each and everyone is an invaluable piece of a complex and colorful puzzle.

So, we can be pioneers in this age of heightened emotions and fears? What we’re asking is simple: take little steps. Encourage diversity at every cross-section of society—whether it’s by helping your loved ones remember their roots or saying hello to a stranger, let’s make it a mission to celebrate, embrace, and preserve diversity in every moment.

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

Maya Angelou


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