by Jimmy Nguyen – Founder of the DiverseStory Project
“Every one of us is a wonder. Everyone one of us has a story.”
Those words from African American writer Kristin Hunter recognize that everyone’s life journey is different, and that diversity of experience makes us collectively stronger. That’s the philosophy of the DiverseStory Project – a new online campaign I’ve launched. While I did not plan it this way, the DiverseStory Project emerges at a pivotal time. As the Trayvon Martin case underscores America’s continuing racial divides, I hope the DiverseStory Project will re-focus dialogue on what unites us – everyone’s diversity.
Everyone has not just a life story but also what I call a DiverseStory – a tale of how your life has been and continues to be shaped by diversity. I want everyone to find and tell those stories, so that each DiverseStory inspires a more inclusive world. And I will be thrilled if the DiverseStory Project helps people better understand and appreciate our differences, in all their glory.