Perhaps you’re seeking diversity information to help your children become global citizens. Maybe you’re in charge of diversity outreach at work. Or maybe you’re just interested in learning more about multiculturalism. No matter the reason, there’s now an incredible free resource that can help.
The #HelloMahalo Diversity Atlas is an online research tool that curates and maps initiatives by individuals, organizations, governments and corporations that promote diversity around the world. Whether it’s through blogging, photography, housing, music, surfing or other activities, these projects utilize various means to promote integration and awareness of diversity.
Created by multicultural singer-songwriter, author, and diversity advocate Haikaa Yamamoto, the purpose of the #HelloMahalo Atlas is three fold:
- Make it easier for anyone interested in diversity to begin their research.
- Help those who want to create their own diversity projects to be inspired and perhaps learn from what has already been done.
- Strengthen the message of that all these diversity projects share by combining them into one place.
Haikaa Yamamoto explains why she promotes diversity:
“There may be as many versions of reality as there are people on this planet. Recognizing diversity sets the foundation for that realization which is crucial for establishing respect as the basis for our relationship with each other. In most circumstances, differences are neither good nor bad if we can recognize them as such. We really don’t have to hold the same opinions or be best friends. We don’t even have to like each other. If only we could learn to respect each other in those areas where our ‘personal worlds’ intersect, then the experience of life on Earth might just be that much more graceful for all of us.”
Users can navigate the #HelloMahalo Diversity Atlas in two ways:
- Through the Map – Click on the desired geographical region and the map will zoom in to reveal specific projects in that area. A Google Maps marker stands for one project. When there is more than one project in the same area, they will be grouped and represented by a circle with a number inside it that indicates the total number of projects in that particular region. For information on a specific project, click on “Read more” to access a summary, website, social media, and contact information.
- Through the Search Bar – Find the search bar in the “Projects” tab. Type keywords in the search bar such as LGBT, music, languages, women and so on, and the related projects will show up.
In the video below, Haikaa Yamamoto shows users how to use the #HelloMahalo Diversity Atlas as a research tool. The multilingual singer provides explanations in English, Spanish, French, Japanese, and Portuguese. At the end of the video, she uses her beautiful voice to sing about diversity. She states, “There’s something incredibly universal about music which I think reaches out to people in a different way.”
The #HelloMahalo Atlas is an ongoing project that grows with user input. The initial projects appearing on the site reflect Haikaa Yamamoto’s personal experiences, research, and contacts (Bicultural Mama is listed). However, she seeks to portray diversity by including as many voices as possible. The site welcomes new submissions, and users can submit projects via the “Add Projects” section in the menu.
To view the site, please visit hellomahalo.haikaa.com.