In episode 20 of the Acceleration Economy Minute, Kieron Allen discusses how the metaverse and immersive technologies are enabling diversity.
00:16 — In today’s episode, Kieron Allen is expanding on a recent analysis produced by Acceleration Economy analyst Janet Schijns, who discusses “Why the Metaverse is an Opportunity for Women in Tech.” Currently, women hold 26.7% of tech-related jobs, despite making up 47.7% of the global workforce. In her analysis, Janet discusses how the metaverse is an opportunity for women to enter the technology workforce.
01:02 — Kieron believes that the metaverse can help represent all demographics into jobs and spaces within the acceleration economy, but doing so requires democratization.
01:59 — The metaverse has yet to achieve its full potential, but its wheels are in motion and the technology is already there. Kieron advises that users should “grab ahold of these technologies and start using them; you need to become a pioneer.”
02:32 — The immersive technologies already exist that can be utilized to create a seamless transition into the metaverse.
03:03 — Recruitment in virtual spaces is entirely democratized since digital avatars do not require individuals to appear as themselves. Democratizing recruitment can enable greater diversity in hiring processes; removing biases gains access to diverse employees.
04:00 — In summary, Kieron encourages hiring managers to seek platforms that introduce them to candidates in an unbiased way, such as those who come from diverse backgrounds that can positively impact organizations. The metaverse is one means of enhancing diversity, but all-encompassing immersive technologies currently exist, making this achievable today.
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