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100 Days of Detox

So, you’re ready to work on detoxing your community, and maybe yourself?  We’re glad you’ve joined us. This blog is a personal detox challenge for me.  I hope following it will become one for you. We’re not up to 100 entries, yet.  We’re still a work in progress.  Over the coming days, we will challenge ourselves to more deeply explore this topic of implicit bias, together.

 

Day 0 – 100 Days of Community Detox

Together, we will challenge ourselves to more deeply explore this topic of implicit bias.  We will challenge ourselves to open our minds, consider things we’ve not considered before, and puzzle over how some of these things could have been happening all around us,...

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“Know yourself. Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.” – Ann Landers

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Day 1 – Don’t take my word for it, discover implicit bias for yourself

“Know yourself. Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.” – Ann Landers “It is the individual who knows how little they know about themselves who stands the most reasonable chance of finding out something about themselves...

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 “And yet, sometimes facts are no more than pitiful consequences, because guilt does not reside in our acts but in the intentions that give rise to our act. Everything turns on our intentions.” ― Sándor Márai, Embers

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Day 2 – Responsibility Without Guilt

It is important to know that we all have implicit biases.  They are normal and natural.  It is how our brain helps us to quickly make sense of the complex world around us.   It is just that sometimes these biases can be different from our own conscious intent and our...

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Day 5 – Selective Seeing

When I was a child, my Mom used to say that my Dad had “selective hearing”.  He could happily sit in his recliner, and seemingly not hear things that didn’t interest him.  Mention ice cream or golf and miraculously his ears perked up.  He then re-joined the...

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Day 6 – Reducing Bias by Design

Can the common spaces in our communities help us reduce our biases, simply based on their design?  It looks like they can. The Project to Promote Diversity in Public Places provides straightforward techniques that communities can use to encourage and celebrate social...

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“It takes a moment to judge someone, but a lifetime to understand them.” – Tina Ng

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Day 7 – First Impressions, Lasting Impressions?

We've all heard that making a good first impression is important. There’s much truth to that, but have you ever wondered why? One reason is due to a form of implicit bias we call Diagnosis Bias. Diagnosis bias causes us to lock in our judgment of others, based on...

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Day 8 – Why Should I Care?

Okay, we’ve been at this blog for a week. We’ve invested some time, together. Like any other detox challenge I’ve ever done, after about a week, I begin to wonder to myself why I’m doing it. My past detox challenges have revolved around diets and food. The questions...

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Day 9 – Can you be too committed?

Have you ever taken a position, committed yourself to it, defended your position, and then found out you were wrong? We have all done this. Have you ever taken a position, committed yourself to it, defended your position to others, and then refused to believe you were...

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