By Tibor Hartel
Most ecologists agree that diversity is a good thing. From an ecosystem perspective, diversity promotes ecosystem functioning and services. From a population perspective, genetic diversity enhances viability and adaptability in changing environments.
Today’s question is: if applied to social systems, is ethnic / cultural diversity an advantage or disadvantage?
The question is deliberately so simplistic. ‘Black and white’ answers as well as ‘shades of grey’ (i.e. more balanced) types of answers are welcome. The topic was studied in great detail (especially in North America) but I would be interested in personal perceptions about this subject.