For our society to move towards a more inclusive consciousness, diversity must be explored through thought and perspective, not by race or gender.
The individual in the Sakai calendar who will speak to us about this will plan to write a Sakai forum posting about the TED talk
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Diversity means a lot of different things
The US can only function as a healthy democracy if we find a way to diversify our social connections, if we find a way to weave together a strong social fabric that bridges ties across difference.
Right now, we are moving in the opposite direction with serious consequences.
Two contemporary trend lines can help us understand this.
One of my last songs was "Chan Chan," which I wrote in 1987.
I played it for the first time at a club called Cristino.
It's a number that has four notes, and four chords.
There's very few numbers that you can sing the whole song with four notes.
I've been to Santa Clara-Las Villas province and everybody up there knows it; I've been to Santiago de Cuba y and everybody there knows it too.
I go by a school and when a kid sees me, he says, "Look, it's Compay Segundo," and starts singing, "I'm going from Alto Cedro to Marcané then from Cueto, I'm going to Mayarí."