There is a substantial difference between integration and inclusion. In this short video I explain what that is.
It is important to know the difference if we want to create a more inclusive workplace and society.
- Integration is: incorporation into society or an organisation of individuals of different groups. Which is the case when organisations create a dedicated group to address minorities, e.g. women dedicated groups, etc.
- Inclusion means that a person with a disability, women, whoever, has the same rights, access and choices as everyone else in a community.
Inclusion is a universal human right. Do your policies advance inclusion or integration?
When we create a dedicated group, even if our intentions are good, we somehow further segregate them, making them a special category, marginalising and labelling. It creates further separation rather than inclusion and it instils in others who are not part of that group also the feeling of exclusion. As I always say: "There is no way to inclusion. Inclusion is the way". This means having everybody sitting at the same table as equals; it means acceptance and respect. It means we pay attention to how we treat and make feel people rather than how many of X, Y, Z we have in a group. It further means we value and measure the impact our actions have on humankind as whole.
Only by working all together we will advance all humankind.