According to Deputy Police Inspector Daniel Benner, the 'Where's Wally' books can illustrate one of the challenges of leading an organisation towards more diversity: the books immediately represent a very broad diversity with many people and a great wealth of detail. But the concept of the books is also to look for something specific. Namely the white man Wally. That tunnel vision can show public leaders how opportunities can be missed. Because despite quite extensive diversity, it is not taken into account.
"Research indicates that diversity increases the quality of decision-making processes, and Where's Wally can teach us that diversity cannot stand alone. We can strive for gender diversity in employment, but if it is not included in the decisions, then we pass over the opportunities that lie in diversity. Diversity is nothing without inclusion. If we simply look for what we usually do and do what we usually do, then diversity changes nothing," says Daniel Benner. And he emphasises that his purpose is not to criticise Where's Wally books, but simply to draw a thoughtful and recognisable parallel.