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Why cultural diversity matters | Michael Gavin | TEDxCSU

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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Michael Gavin, associate Professor of human dimensions of natural resources researches biological diversity, and discusses the importance that history, language and tradition have in the preservation of culture. Associate Professor of human dimensions of natural resources in the Warner College of Natural Resources. His research examines the origins of human and biological diversity, which has led him to work with indigenous communities in over a dozen countries. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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KamekoBruns (2 days ago)
Associate Professor of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. This shouldn't even be a job. Thousands of world views and this PNG can't realize why there's so much confusion.
Frederic Christie (2 days ago)
...Studying how humans use natural resources shouldn't be a job? This isn't like Gender Studies or some field you can lie about, man. This is actually a pretty obviously technically important field of study for everything from commerce to human survival. But he said things you didn't like, so "WAAAAH! PEOPLE I DON'T LIKE SHOULDN'T HAVE JOBS!" Snowflake.
D W (5 days ago)
"Diversity" is the institutional response to their own weakness.. these men CAN'T fight, so what else are they to do to find mates?.... VIDEO GAMES, OF COURSE! The relentless current push for more and more "diversity" (cultural eradication through general, state sponsored confusion) is simply a way to make girlish individuals like this one feel... well... empowered.... By literally OUTLAWING Natural behaviors, universal to the several species, it makes it MORE likely that her weakness won't be discovered or challenged ... In short, the only way for "girls" like him to compete, is by codifying his false narrative. And who's right there to help him do it? Big Tech ... India, China... the human filth from the third world. Of COURSE all entertainment is now stuffed with various drooling Africans, Indians, Hispanics... How else are their Masters in Silicon Valley to secure more and more and more of their noisome relatives and greedy business associates into western societies?... That's right, the first job is to teach you it's in YOUR best interests, when, in fact, it's nothing of the sort.... Send em home.... in boxes if need be... "Diversity" is Death... Look around .
D W (5 days ago)
It's true .. Man is stoopid.. not THIS man, who, apparently, is a woman and, therefore, a basket case of emotional angst and perennial regret/fear/anxiety, and the unpleasant tendency to view herself as a "fixer"..... going to.. CHANGE THE WORLD.... you know, 'fix' us... except ... her fundamental premise is BIZARRELY corrupt ... One doesn't 'fix' your (extraordinarily distant) neighbor's canoe or lawnmower.... and neither is this task assigned to a woman like him... It's not hers to 'fix' Species compete for resources. Varieties WITHIN species compete for the opportunity to breed... It's the way natural selection works ... has ALWAYS worked .. and will continue to work long after our puny asses have blown ourselves away. DENYING this SOLE Natural purpose makes a man, ANY man.... into a big girl ... Like this guy .. How much you wanna bet his pillow is stuffed with lavender seeds and money from the other girls?
Kelp Farming (7 days ago)
Diversity is the lie to open up functional nations borders to the third worlders AND jews naturally end up orchestrating things. Because who better to perfect the endless guilt and shame then those who perfected the NEVER FORGET racket.
eric hayche (9 days ago)
Imbalance in power exists in our schools huh, we wouldn't have to worry about that if we booted all the imbalanced people out of our country.
Any business that promotes diversity in their advertising is getting boycotted. I’m not kidding
Kelp Farming (10 days ago)
Diversity is part of the way you distract and confuse the dominate culture so that Minorities--Jews, blacks, Illegals--can then actively gain MORE rights than the majority. And then the majority has enough
Kelp Farming (10 days ago)
Diversity matters to those who want to take from others. Japan and Norway and Switzerland DONT NEED it to be the healthy wealthy and wisest. Seems that its THIRD worlders who want to FORCE whites to hand over what their parents earned...and it wont happen. Civil war will happen if they try to impose it.
Hope Springseternal (27 days ago)
There is a word in German, fremdshamen. It describes The feeling you get when you see a white man whinging about Maori. While his people are under attack. What a [email protected]
Eric Standefer (28 days ago)
Diversity of itself is not necessarily strength, in fact it can be a detriment. Certain cultures will prey criminally on other cultures because they are different. diversity is not strength, unity is strength. Now, if you merge diverse ideas in unity, yes, that is strength. But If you have Sharia law in one community conflicting with constitutional law in another, criminal street gangs attacking other races, dozens of cultures all demanding special treatment, then that is division, it is not strength, it weakens the society and makes it vulnerable. Unity is strength, not diversity.
Brad Word (29 days ago)
Sounds a lot like HItler's view on preserving cultures. Segregation preserves, multiculturalism erases.
misterlyle (1 month ago)
Dr. Gavin’s talk lacks focus and cohesive flow, and also suffers from a lack of clarity. He asserts that the playing field is not level and an imbalance of power is eroding cultural diversity. But to counter this overwhelming cultural force in the example he provides, a teacher simply spends one day per week teaching in a local language of Vanuatu. He asks “What are we going to do?” Begin leveling the playing field, since he apparently believes that both little and the large cultures are of equal value. He says power is unevenly spread, so we must create systems which celebrate cultural diversity and explore our differences--in order to be better prepared for tomorrow. Much that is created by humans and human societies is worthy of study and preservation. If the people of Vanuatu are willing to allow their cultural achievements and language to fade away, then it is a good thing if they make an effort to preserve what they can for themselves, and for future scholars and historians. And anyone interested can help with that effort. Gavin is not merely advocating preservation of historical cultures, however. He obviously wants to somehow revive the fading cultural achievements of our time and keep them alive--on an equal footing with the dominant world cultures. And I suspect he feels that we all have an obligation to participate in the revival and empowerment of these diverse, disadvantaged cultures. In the episode of Babylon 5 “Believers” written by David Gerrold, Ambassador Kosh has a compelling line. “”The avalanche has already started; it is too late for the pebbles to vote.” History shows that even a dominant culture can collapse and find itself broken, diminished, and in some aspects, simmering in malevolence and despair. The social evolution of our planet is the irresistible avalanche, and we are all caught up in it. We can try to save something of the pebbles, but they are not likely to last for very long.
Comrade404 Blitzkrieg (1 month ago)
The great melting pot ideal didn't work because most do not want to ASSIMILATE.
Frederic Christie (2 days ago)
Yes, the societies defined by being a melting pot are such basket cases. It's so awful to be the world leader with the largest economy and military. Read a book.
Comrade404 Blitzkrieg (1 month ago)
Only one word is needed for this discussion ASSIMILATE ASSIMILATE ASSIMILATE.
G Money (1 month ago)
I love cultural diversity but my US constitution supersedes your Sharia Law. Remember that you have your rights until you violate mine or someone else’s right.
Lynx Linux (1 month ago)
I like how the comment section completely misses the point of the talk
New World. (1 month ago)
The beginning part about language dying being sad can be used as an analogy for different races being wiped out through breeding.
NorCal OntheRight (1 month ago)
Cultural diversity is European Genocide. Coming soon. “The Mythical Civilization of White Skinned People”
jtasgl88 (1 month ago)
Diversity always matters to these kinds of people until diversity moves into their neighborhood and diversity starts going to their children's School
Sieg Holle (2 months ago)
be respectful and do no harm - diversity becomes toxic when it is forced by a bad ideolgy ?
Connor Robinson (2 months ago)
Britan is sick of diversity and has been for 60 years because we knew it would lead to this, a murderous mess...
stumpy4770 (2 months ago)
A white man sad about how cultural diversity and a native language is dying, tells a emotional story of an native elder "I'll call him David" OH the irony, lolol. Maybe, just maybe, if the island didn't have the highest levels of cultural diversity per capita of anywhere on the planet, their language wouldn't be dying out. So this guy agrees cultural diversity of a country or island is bad ? That's what I get from his sad little story.
Kelp Farming (10 days ago)
The indians wanna reopen that issue? Reservations can be converted you know
Maggie Doggie (2 months ago)
Wish we would be more diverse in our immigration to US, but unfortunately, 50% are from Mexico instead of even global.
Aden Farrell (2 months ago)
Diversity is our greatest weakness!
Aden Farrell (15 days ago)
@Donel Mondaoko Because, if you put people of many different cultures, races, or ethnicities in to one area that will only cause problems. Countries that have a really low crime are because they are homongenous.
Donel Mondaoko (16 days ago)
It's people that believe in simple singularity that consists of laws that discredit individual truth that are truly weak. We humans are always to lazy to endure the complex, cause where there is complexity there is survival, intelligence and resistance.
Donel Mondaoko (16 days ago)
Aden Farrell hoooooowwww?????????
Frau Holle (2 months ago)
multiculturalism destroys nations
Trevor Philips (2 months ago)
Diversity is OUR strength, goyim! Also don’t forget pay billions of shekels to Israel every year. That makes us strong too
Frederic Christie (1 month ago)
Yes, having a geopolitically powerful ally that helps the U.S. maintain control of global oil reserves is such a terrible geopolitical move...
Mavrck2711 (2 months ago)
Dr. Evil (3 months ago)
Look up on the Frankfurt school ... You might find it interesting.
Trevor Philips (2 months ago)
Read the Culture of Critique by Kevin MacDonald.
Eat the food Tina (3 months ago)
Not much diversity in africa. Not much diversity in japan. Not much diversity in China definitely. Not much diversity in southeast asia. Not much diversity anywhere(for the most part) except in richer, industrialized, WHITE, successful countries.
Y B (2 months ago)
If you can't compete, destroy the competition.
Flawess Grace (3 months ago)
I’m being to realize how much conservatives want segregation
Y B (2 months ago)
Segregation would be a godsend at this point.
Jingo Unchained (3 months ago)
17 minutes of pure propaganda. Guy has no testosterone.
Nate (3 months ago)
It matters because it’s good for the economics. It’s all about the money and resources. Without diversity it’s much harder to make deals or exploit other countries resources. You have to be a business man to understand why diversity is a good thing.
laith b (14 days ago)
And why do u think it is?
Martaveous Brown (3 months ago)
2050, I love it baby
Jurgen Fetzer (4 months ago)
If we don't change the immigration laws to favor whites again, the US is going to become South Africa. We will lose the country our ancestors founded and built....and then our grandchildren are going to be slaughtered....just like the Boer in South Africa.
11 L (4 months ago)
only seeing this cause of my class!
Abraham Fayad (3 months ago)
omg same
Antonius Thylanius (4 months ago)
Quite refreshing. I wasn't expecting a ted talker promoting nationalism and tribalism.
Buttered Lumps (1 month ago)
Only if they're brown. Everyone expects brown countries to be tribal.
Rowena (4 months ago)
Wow! reading so many hateful comments. I guess time will tell, they say survival of the fittest..lets us see who survives? hate or love? integrate or divide? Hmm...
Rashid Ibrahim (4 months ago)
What learned from the comments section: white supremacists really hate diversity
William00048 (5 months ago)
Britain: Strength through Diversity. Really? Former Yugoslavian States: Strength through Diversity. Rwanda: Strength through Diversity. Iraq: Strength through Diversity. Northern Ireland: Strength through Diversity. Burma: Strength through Diversity. India (just before partition): Strength through Diversity. Turkey: Strength through Diversity. etc, etc, etc.
Sue San (5 months ago)
Israel needs more Diversity. They need to accept refugees at Swedish level
Chuck Muckamuck (2 months ago)
israel is an ethnostate and must care only for its heritage citizens.
Charlie Chaplin (5 months ago)
The ruling class LOVES the rabid anti sjw movement of the alt right. This obfuscating rhetoric deflects us from the actual issues we face...which are largely economic.
John And Abbey (3 months ago)
Dragon Fox (5 months ago)
Uh so trading is good? Doesn't explain the complex yet pernicious side of multiculturalism.
Patrick (5 months ago)
This is a nice speech, but deeply flawed at the core. I enjoyed listening to it but this speaker made some very flawed assumptions and the value of cultures expressed here and does not exist. Sorry for the typos I'm doing this by voice
Patrick (3 months ago)
​@Abraham Fayad I feel like this comment made exactly 0 contributions to discussion about the video.
Abraham Fayad (3 months ago)
i feel like this comment was made by a middle school student for an assignment
Sky k (6 months ago)
hehe I’m in hoaglin xd
Fascist Dragon皇龍 (6 months ago)
Diversity only worsen the conflicts.
Holger Danske (6 months ago)
there was a reason that america throw most of it's history only wanted people from the west ,people that came from cultures that were more alike and had closer identis to other europeans.americas future is the tower of babel and a great fall.
Holger Danske (6 months ago)
what about white european culture and are history and it living on, a future for us.
KamekoBruns (2 days ago)
@Frederic Christie "What prevents you, right now, in Europe or America or Australia or New Zealand, from dancing your dances, celebrating your holidays, eating your food, listening to your music, reading your classics and celebrating your entire history?" The Regressive Left is what prevents this. The drive to replace Columbus Day with "Indigenous People's Day" is but one example of this (despite the fact that "Native" Americans are not Indigenous). Now sit down and shut up.
Cíntia Andradde (17 days ago)
@Frederic Christie True. They think European cultures are so fragile they "PraTiCalLy NeEd" to be the only existing ones. :p
Cíntia Andradde (17 days ago)
@chupacabra 4896 Uh, where? '-'
Holger Danske (6 months ago)
countrys that are 1 people and culture don't have all the promblems that west is having.
Abraham Fayad (3 months ago)
yes but they have their own problems
Mark Flierl (7 months ago)
This libtard is bombing in the comments section! LOL
Ade Purnama (7 months ago)
wtf this comment section though
Lizardguy (7 months ago)
The world is divided the way it is for a reason, it would be better if you don’t force things like this onto society
John Stephen (7 months ago)
Why do you categorise 60 million Brits as all silly and all the same?. Your use of ad-hominem argument signifies you lose your argument. Are you ANTFA or NPC?
John Stephen (7 months ago)
Why do you mention New Zealand? They are the same South Sea Islanders who killed Captain Cook and ate him in a canibalistic rite. Gavin you are truly as silly as a sack of a--holes.
John Stephen (7 months ago)
Cultural Diversity always ends up as Cultural Marxism, and so it becomes junk culture, like junk media, junk food and junk mail.
Timbermannetje (7 months ago)
I think It can work when you create a new country with all different people. To make white country brown, you will never get it back. You'll lose a culture and race. You'll lose a home base.
Ojberretta Berretta (7 months ago)
diversity is good look at europea many very diverse countries workin together and sharing an economy until-one culture came in and this culture believes 9yr old girl are ok to be married with old men this culture believes terror is normal politics and this culture also has a very hostile treatment of those who oppose this culture we all know thats multiculturalism can work with almost all cultures but theres the one bad one the one wich is causing problems everywhere this is the failure not the concept of multiculturalism look at the usa switzerland australia canada all higly diverse all highly developed
Lawson Pavy (8 months ago)
omg love this
Abraham Fayad (3 months ago)
omg not same
Ella Muma (8 months ago)
omg same
Carlos Flores (8 months ago)
Mannnn all these ppl in the comments...if we ever make contact with alien life u better be ready for some real goddamn diversity
Chuck Muckamuck (2 months ago)
they are already having contact with aliens. of the illegal 3rd world sort.
lili shyta (8 months ago)
What about ideas of science and bring economy up? Or are we giving up our economy to the world economic rising power, and we worried about the problem that America stands number 1 in the world. There is diversity of colors and religions in America more than anywhere in the world. We need different ideas and to protect the families and to grow economy, and to make the education nr 1 that’s our priorities.
AFGThugonomics9 (8 months ago)
Diversity does not work. End of story no debate.
something weirds (4 months ago)
Yet you eat their food
Emmanuel Spurlock (4 months ago)
Vanities (8 months ago)
Diversity is awesome as long as the minorities keep empowering us white guys to expand our government fiefdoms.
IamKogl (9 months ago)
His kids are 6 & 9... niceeee
Emil Fjulsrud (9 months ago)
Anybody got a summary of the video? got some homework that needs doin! <3
Jiří Dušek (9 months ago)
I agree with this guy. So when people In Poland, Czech republic, Slovakia or Hungary will want their culture protected Europe Union will respect that right?
Caesar's Seizures (9 months ago)
You can just hear the soy-estrogen inflection in this "guy's" voice.
ccc7676 (9 months ago)
HAKKLA HAKKLA (9 months ago)
Dave Cullins (9 months ago)
Mah gawd this guy is delusional.
known Tarsier (9 months ago)
United we stand, divided we fall.
poop pants (10 months ago)
lmao nobody commenting about how bad cultural diversity is even watched the video
Watchman On the Wall (10 months ago)
Why are there whiners in the comment section? Historically most ethnic groups (with the exception of groups like the Amish) that immigrated to North America assimilated and intergrated at least by the 2nd or 3rd generation. Italians, Poles, Greeks, Jews, and Spaniards were once thought as "other" but they eventually assimilated, right? I know some 2nd and 3rd generation Japanese Americans and they are as American as apple pie.
Shane Ste Croix (11 months ago)
Diversity is social and cultural suicide.
Maksim Blagojevic (11 months ago)
Europe for Europeans!
Samantha Bloodsaw (11 months ago)
what has a reason who you to give me nd mug i have think for my self : , what
Samantha Bloodsaw (11 months ago)
its like she /he theroy for ethical reasoning the what make moral
Samantha Bloodsaw (11 months ago)
new guys christiana were very plane but well spoken like baptist
Junhyuk (Jun) Lim (11 months ago)
kalumnist (1 year ago)
Rich liberals should get the opportunity to "adopt" the migrants and become their benefactors. That way they won't become a burden on the state. Rather if any of them cause trouble just shake down the liberals who sponsored them
Abraham Fayad (3 months ago)
why does everyone blame the problems on rich white people
Chandie East (1 year ago)
I don't like the way Ted talkers talk. Too many pauses
Hamish McHarg (1 year ago)
The World is but one, and mankind its citizens.
Hypercarnivore (7 months ago)
Good luck being liberated by a foreign army when a tyrant takes over the world government.
Derive Pi (1 year ago)
Without any further analysis it should be recognized that cultural diversity adds chaos to society.  Recognizing that cost, we should then determine if the preserving that culture is worth the cost (like learning a language that no one else uses).  And finally, it must be recognized that some cultures are bad and should not be promoted.  Then we can talk about diversity.
Sempi (1 year ago)
it is so easy to blame others for issues you experience. Always searching for the cause of a problem in other people. Blaming yourself is the last thing that comes in mind Can you not understand that problems like mass-immigration or loss of diversity are caused by us all. Supporting war in the east or the colonization of Africa and many more conflicts are a cause of these issues too. Know better. Do better.
Sempi (1 year ago)
iam really shocked about the amount of hate in this comment section. People even believing this white genocide consipracy ... dont get controlled by fear. I recommend to you guys a workshop about the reason why conspiracy theories even exist. Dont get yourself fooled
Kaiser Harkinian I (10 months ago)
Sempi "Conspiracy." Don't make me laugh. Read up on the U.N.'s definition of genocide and tell me it's not happening.
Default Name (1 year ago)
Sempi c kalergi plan. Mass immigration and multi culturalism are Marxist ideas.
Dent (1 year ago)
yankees gohome (1 year ago)
Great brainwashing. I feel sorry for our children.
Abraham Fayad (3 months ago)
thumbs up for u
LordMIGtau (1 year ago)
Europe belongs to Europeans
Monica Das (1 year ago)
Great talk!
Sigma White (1 year ago)
I agree. Diversity is good. Now can we agree it’s good to preserve white culture for whites?
Dumbass (5 months ago)
Mark Flierl (7 months ago)
@Hypercarnivore You body slammed those libtards! LOL
Wenceslao Futanaki (7 months ago)
no, white is demon, white has to disappear
Hypercarnivore (7 months ago)
DigiCube4 The cultures of Europe. Do you really believe that everyone has a culture except white people?
MrWackoTaco (1 year ago)
His examples for why diversity was important had more to do with the geographical location of the people. Of course, the British didn't know about the plant that the people of Peru had because the British did not live there. It had nothing to do with the race, language, or culture of the people. It had to do with the fact that the plants were on the other side of the world.
Jamie McKelvy (1 year ago)
Diversity is important, but this guy’s points stink and he proves nothing...
umageddon (1 year ago)
What a crock
Dino Kross (1 year ago)
Open border for israel.
There are a lot of assertions made in favour of cultural diversity in this talk, along with not so subtle hints that while all cultures are equally important the one that is imagined to be paramount (for now) is not; as evidenced by the also not so subtle snarky comments about the British and supposedly hapless Peruvians ( the soft bigotry of low expectations here I think). What evidence is there for cultural diversity leading to better outcomes? Is that a given? What if the British culture of global trade bringing quinine to the rest of the world is the only one? This is a genuine question. I understand and agree the benefits of diverse thought solving complex problems (Galton's Wisdom of Crowds)But is it a natural extrapolation to
Sforzando56 (1 year ago)
The story telling is damn boring.
Brian Bell (1 year ago)
does pride in an ascribed status breed ethnocentrizm?
Charles Walker (1 year ago)
Diversity is only implemented in white countries. It's an attack on Western Europe using our compassionate nature to destroy our culture and heritage. Multiculturalism has already failed. We won't allow it to continue much longer as we wake up our brothers and sisters to save our people.
Jerichocafe1 (3 months ago)
if you go back to Pacific Northwest and a country called Columbia, the peoples were a Multicultural society around 1800-12 in and around Vancouver, Washington which was the centre of the area. the position of the peoples changed, the loyalist moved North to the Colony of Vancouver Island which became part of British Columbia, now part of Canada.
Emmanuel Spurlock (4 months ago)
What "people" are u referring too?
Starlord (1 year ago)
So let's open the doors wide open for the billions of third world migrants, cuz you can't have too much diversity.
Abraham Fayad (3 months ago)
that is exactly where the controversy is
Damien INSANE-O (8 months ago)
the poorer, stupider and more backward the better!
McAvoy (1 year ago)
Why is it that every country in the world is openly proud about being an ethno state of shared ethnicity, except for the ones where white people live? Does anybody really believe that people in Japan, Israel, India or anywhere would voluntarily vote to be colonised by a foreign culture?
J OneLife (1 month ago)
But whites made north America for 400 years. England was invaded 5 times...
Humzah Hassan (9 months ago)
McAvoy they were in the past so except for Japan and most people who are immigrants are either in countries that were former colonial powers or the west which is a country of immigrant s
John Johnson (1 year ago)
MULTICULTURALISM= whites must be erased; DIVERSITY= whites must be erased; WHITE GUILT=whites must be erased; WHITE PRIVILEGE= whites must be erased; BLM= whites must be erased; ANTIFA= whites must be erased
Oppressed Media (1 year ago)
The left doesnt want diversity, they want moral and political homogeny. Their morals and politics of course. Look what happened at the Women's March when pro-life women showed up. They were scorned. Look what happens when a conservative tries to speak at a left-wing college. They dont want diversity, they just want minorities to side with them so they can gain political power, so they come up with nonsense catch phrases like diversity is strength.
Frederic Christie (2 months ago)
@Chuck Muckamuck Yes, it is. To get rid of a biological intruder. No matter the moral status of that intruder. That's why the pro-life movement is so fundamentally mistaken. I actually think that we should treat a fetus as if it has rights (yes, even when it's just a few embryos). I think we should protect all life as much as we can. But that means protecting *all life*, not just unborn life.
Chuck Muckamuck (2 months ago)
@Frederic Christie we also agree on abortion. as an affirmative action right
Frederic Christie (4 months ago)
We as leftists reject hate speech and violations of rights. That's why we disagree with pro-life women and don't like entering into alliances with them, although I personally do think some pro-lifers are sincere and recognize that they should win the argument culturally. Someone like Milo should not be given the imprimatur of mainstream legitimacy, and so we protest their terrible claims. Your conspiracy theories aren't arguments. Other people sincerely disagree with you. I know that's scary, because then you may be wrong. Like you are. But it's reality. Grow up and deal with it.
Sue San (5 months ago)
Israel needs more Diversity. They need to accept refugees at Swedish level

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