Blog post

John Studzinski ’78 produces a series of blog posts to stimulate debate on various topics

“The Philanthropist’s Perspective,” as the series is called, touches on a number of topics, from mentoring and the impact of technology to charitable governance and volunteering.

In the tenth and final post—All for one?—Studzinski discusses diversity. “’Diversity’ is a word we hear a lot these days,” he writes. “It has become synonymous with fair representation in our society of a multiplicity of ethnicities, communities and genders.” Diversity, however, is also a unifying factor, Studzinski says.

“By accepting our identity and acknowledging our purpose, and acknowledging the distinctive contribution that others have to make, we can all complement each other and thus belong to a strong entity that is more than the sum of its parts – in other words , a union of diversity.

“This principle, he continues, finds its example in any multidisciplinary artistic project: a play, an opera, a film, a digital production, an ensemble performance by musicians or dancers, an exhibition… The substance and the impact of each is the result of collaboration between people with different talents and expertise: creative, technical, managerial and administrative. The public also participates in the “union”, validating the whole effort. Read more.

The Philanthropist’s View is published by the Genesis Foundation, a non-profit organization established by Studzinski in 2001 to support young artists, directors, playwrights, actors and musicians in the early stages of their professional lives.