The full document builds on the case for diversity as culturally productive for artists, audiences and communities. It positions diversity as a way to increase the adaptive resilience of organisations, making them less vulnerable to unexpected change.
It is designed to support conversations about business planning and Key Performance Indicators, as well as to be useful in the context of ongoing work around equality schemes, which will be required by April 2013.
The case studies presented here aim to:
‘Adaptive resilience’ is used as defined in Mark Robinson’s paper Making adaptive resilience real (Arts Council England, 2010, p14): ‘Adaptive resilience is the capacity to remain productive and true to core purpose and identity whilst absorbing disturbance and adapting with integrity in response to changing circumstances.’
NB. It is important to note that each organisation operates in its own context and lessons should not be applied in or to another organisation in a simplistic way, but used as stimulus for reflection and imaginative thinking around future planning.