Our Compelling Interests

The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society

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In his essay for the first installment of the Mellon Foundation’s Our Compelling Interests book series, demographer and author William H. Frey stated, “I am convinced that the United States is in the midst of a pivotal period ushering in extraordinary shifts in the nation’s racial demographic makeup. If planned for properly,” he continued, “these demographic changes will allow the country to face the future with growth and vitality..."

One year later, the question we must now ask ourselves is whether we are indeed planning properly, and what shape that plan must take if we are to be successful and prosperous moving forward together.

The Mellon Foundation’s book series, Our Compelling Interest, lays out the premise that for a democracy to thrive, diversity is critical. The initiative comes at a time when we are contemplating a changing societal landscape. The series promises to explore diversity—in racial, socioeconomic, gender, religious, regional, sexual, and other forms—through accessible, sophisticated, and balanced treatments by leading scholars, writers, intellectuals, and commentators. The goal is lively, informed analysis, not social or political bromides. 

Volume II
The Diversity Bonus:
How Great Teams Pay Off in the Knowledge Economy
Hardcover| September 2017
$27.95
328 pp.| ISBN: 9780691176888

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What if workforce diversity is more than simply the right thing to do? What if diversity and inclusion can also improve the bottom line for businesses and other organizations facing complex challenges in the knowledge economy? It can. And The Diversity Bonus shows us how and why. In this volume, Scott Page, Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan and a thought leader whose ideas and advice are sought after by corporations, nonprofits, universities, and governments around the world, makes a clear and pragmatic case for diversity and inclusion.

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Volume I
The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society

At a time when society is swiftly being transformed, Our Compelling Interests: The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society investigates how diversity and social connectedness are imperative to our shared success and a broader sense of prosperity. This inaugural volume sets the stage for every volume in the series.  It invites us all to value and leverage diversity for the betterment of our democracy.

Hardcover | September 2016
$27.95 
336 pp. | ISBN: 9780691170480 
Buy Volume I 
The hardcover and eBook editions are also available from Amazon.