Diversity of People

Some key questions from earlier sessions

How can we as city be inclusive and successfully diverse?
How should we look at including all sectors of society?
Is there a gap between top down and bottom up knowledge?

The Conversation

Should the change in the ethnic make up of the city make a difference to services? Should we move on from segregated services to a one size fits all to bring people together.

Can discrimination be a positive thing when extra processes are put in place to support “minorities”  – or is that marking them out as being different because they are treated different to the “majority” – and do these processes segregate people in society?

Should we just supply standardised services for all  – i.e. We separate Marriage and “Gay” Marriage” when it should just be marriage – it doesn’t matter what it’s called the outcome is the same, but then are segregated services needed to cater for the diversity in our neighbourhoods?

Should policy and provisions focus on making things accessible inclusive with the common theme that we’re all from “Birmingham”.

Is language a barrier to true inclusion? this can be a social and practical barrier.

Do we have an opportunity as a city to be pioneering in our approach to social inclusion with this not just focusing on public spaces to bring people together but fundamentally on community integration in neighbourhoods

Are cultural practices a sticking point to true social integration? – either through ignorance or a misunderstanding of the aims of the “practise” OR because cultural practise of some groups is illegal in our society?

In practise do we know enough about each other? If your kids brought multi cultural friends home for tea would you know what to cook them based on their cultural needs? – Are young people way more accepting of cultural differences because they don’t have the “fear” older generations may have?

Is there still a class issue when we look at diversity and social inclusion?

Who’s benchmark are we working towards when we look at provided services – do people we see as vulnerable  see themselves in the same way? And how do we them convince them that these services ARE for them?

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