The Metaverse as the Great Diversity Experiment
Right now, we have the opportunity to explore a new frontier. In the metaverse, everyone– regardless of color, money, or ability – can write their own economic future and dictate their roles in society simply by accessing the internet. Don’t get me wrong, the metaverse is in no way a quick fix to solve the generations of inequality and that is absolutely not what I am trying to say. But what I am saying is that the metaverse is an untapped resource where we can build worlds we only dreamed of. For the first time ever, there are actually tools to build avenues to democratize opportunity and preserve and uplift culture without judgment. The metaverse has the opportunity to finally lift the veil on one of the world’s largest issues: prejudice. So why not use it?
Prejudice has existed for as long as this country has existed. Black folks, Native Americans, women, members of the LGBTQ community, and immigrants have all suffered at the hand of prejudices for generations. Don’t get me wrong, the metaverse is in no way a quick fix to solve the generations of inequality and that is absolutely not what I am trying to say. But, by removing physical barriers, users now have the opportunity to be seen as what they are rather than who they are. That feeling of “not belonging somewhere” doesn’t exist in the metaverse.
Users can feel safe by creating avatars and having the ability to change them each time they enter the games.
So how could developers use this in the metaverse?
As I’m sure you already know, diversity is a rather large issue in the startup tech world. Just last year, only about 1.87% of the $31 billion held by 200 venture capital funds has been allocated to startups with diverse leaders, according to a report from the nonprofit Diversity VC. I mean, are white non-Hispanic men the only people with good ideas? What if funders couldn’t see who is on the otherside of that idea?
Would the results of a diversity report still yield 98% of the money being allocated to white men?
Just last year, a study found that 72% of six figure earners were men. At the same time, 57% of workers who earn less than $25,000 a year are women. The world is no stranger to the pay gap, but what if the hiring process took place in the metaverse? What if employers could not see who they are hiring before they hire them? Would the pay gap still exist?
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