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Why Diversity Is the Mother of Innovation

Why Diversity Is the Mother of Invention

New perspectives and diverse voices can accelerate innovation



 

Sometimes things that we think of as “true” aren’t actually true—they’re merely accepted. Similarly, people in organizations sometimes perpetuate accepted systems from the past when these may not deliver optimal results. Bringing new viewpoints and perspectives into the design and development processes by hiring team members with different backgrounds enables companies to accelerate innovation and become more competitive, according to Yuri Cataldo, innovation engagement manager at Autodesk. He shares examples of companies that are bringing new ideas to market with an eye toward equity and social justice and discusses how the residency program at the Autodesk Technology Centers seeks to support the next generation of equitable innovation in industry.

About the speaker

Yuri Cataldo is an author, entrepreneur, and designer currently serving as innovation engagement manager at Autodesk, where he helps drive the creation of Autodesk’s Technology Business Unit, developing strategy and recruiting start-ups.

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