EBBF Podcast Episode 5: New Approaches to Diversity as a Key Resource to Your Enterprise

The Ethical Business Building the Future organization, otherwise known as EBBF, is a not-for-profit that aims to promote moral and spiritual wisdom and principles found in the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and the great religious traditions of the world, such as the principles of justice, respect, trustworthiness, integrity and unity.

#discoveringhow is EBBF’s podcast series where you can hear personal experiences and insights from EBBF members — each episode offers you stepping stones, fresh ideas, and the personal learnings of people who believe that ethical business can and should build the future.

In this episode we aim to understand more about the application of diversity in business. Payam Zamani offers his practical experience with various forms of diversity in his global tech startup company and Carl Emerson shares some wisdom about managing diversity in organizations. Arthur Dahl speaks about what we can learn about human diversity from what is found in nature. 

If you’d like to know more about EBBF, you can check out their website: http://ebbf.org/

You can also read an interview with Daniel Truran, EBBF’s director, here on Baha’i Blog, EBBF: Ethical Business Building the Future – An Interview with Daniel Truran.

And lastly, you can read our conversation with the host of this podcast on Baha’i Blog as well: An Interview with Jean Parker, Host of EBBF’s Podcast Series ‘Discovering How’.

About the Author

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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  1. I just loved Arthur Dahl’s insights at the start of this podcast about the maximum benefits that synergy arising from diversity provides the organisms in a natural ecosystem such as a coral reef and the direct analogy to be drawn with how diversity functions in human societal “ecosystems”. I especially liked his comments, in response to host Parker’s apt query, about how the principle of justice, so critical to a well-run human society, can also be seen operating in nature in terms of the balance resulting from every actor in a diverse natural system playing its part…and his report of an experiment with dogs (I’ve heard of a similar one with chimps) who show an innate expectation of just rewards for equal effort. Bahá’í entrepreneur extraordinaire Payam Zamani’s enthusiasm about his culturally diverse network of companies was heartening, as was Carl Emerson’s information about how many top companies are now taking great pains to achieve maximum unity coupled with maximum diversity in pursuit of “strategic excellence”. I liked the way he introduced this with a personal anecdote illustrating how aspects of diversity with which we may at first be uncomfortable may in fact enrich our experience of what it means to be human and facilitate our interpersonal skills in the process. Wonderful podcast!

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