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The Power of Difference: Toby Young in conversation with Simon Fanshawe OBE

April 18, 2023 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0

Simon Fanshawe OBE has had a career that stretches from an award-winning comic (Perrier Award 1989) to Sunday Times feature writer, broadcaster and columnist. He is the author of the best-selling book The Power of Difference which brings together his own experiences and the latest research to explain why inclusion is more than just being nice to people, why unconscious bias training isn’t the fix we need and why listening to all individual voices, not assuming that one viewpoint represents a group, is key.

He co-founded Diversity by Design in 2010, is Number 2 on HR Magazine ’s 2022 list of most original thinkers.

As a consultant he works with companies to celebrate difference and create true inclusion. But he is a diversity dissident. He thinks it’s a remarkable irony that ‘diversity’ is too often being used as a tool of conformity, enforced by the weaponising of offence, and ‘inclusion’ has been turned inside out and now seems to mean that ‘you have to think like this, speak like this and behave like this. And if you don’t, we’ll exclude you’.

He is also now the wrong kind of gay. Not only does he think that sex matters and you can’t make good law based on subjective feelings but, having been one of the six co-founders of Stonewall, he has been publicly critical of their ‘no debate’ approach which he believes dishonours the legacy of the way equality for lesbians and gays was achieved between 1989 and 2014.


April 18, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
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The Free Speech Union
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