People are different. We are differently gifted. We have different temperaments. We have different tastes. We come in different shapes and sizes. So far, so trivial. In recent years, however, diversity has become a topic of immense interest – and not at all in a trivial way.
Political and social sciences, economics, and the wider public have seen an enormous rise of publications in diversity and diversity-related topics. One of the main reasons for that has been the success of political campaigns formulating calls for an end to discrimination, for equality of treatment, respect of rights and recognition.
Sometimes the discussion about diversity is still quite controversial, but in many ways, diversity has become a standard normative criterion for the assessment of organizations and institutions – and rightly so.
WeNet is acknowledging and endorsing diversity as a non-negotiable normative standard and sees its key role in enabling persons to interact and participate in ways that make our lives richer and our experiences fuller.
Article by Dr. Karoline Reinhardt
International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen