All Things Counter, Original, Spare, Strange: Why are We so Bad at Difference?
Diversity is a key component for resilience within systems, including human societies. Our natural tendency towards homophily, however, impedes diversity within human societies and economies. Bio-diverse ecosystems, though themselves threatened, can act as a model for diverse and more resilient human societies. The link between social, economic, and ecological diversity is explored and linked through a modern day context, Keswick, Ontario. This journal article is also an attempt to distill a vast amount of research literature into a form that is eminently readable by diverse audiences communicating how critically important diversity is for human survival on many different levels, as well as to innovation and competitiveness in a dynamically interconnected global marketplace.