DISMANTLE BIAS

Learn how to spot and break down harmful bias in yourself and your community.  Become more mindful and retrain yourself.  Start Now.

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”  – Wayne Dyer

Dismantling our biases is all about training ourselves to see the world differently and reminding ourselves not to always trust our instincts. It will take us a while to get the hang of it; it will take some work.  Still, we are the ones responsible for making our neighborhoods and our communities the kinds of places where we want to live, where we want our children to live.

When it comes to building a better world, there is no time to start like now, no place to start like home.

From our 100 Days of Detox Blog, we’ve selected the entries that will help you identify steps we can take individually and as a community to dismantle our biases.  Go to our full Detox Blog here.

 “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...

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...

Day 11 – Could it be a game?

What could be one of the most promising, painless and playful ways to combat implicit bias? Could it be a game? Early in preparing for my TEDx talk, I came across some research that suggested games could be an effective way to combat implicit bias.  For some reason, I...

“How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them.” – Vernã Meyers

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Day 12 – Vernã Meyers

If you haven't seen Verna Meyers' TED Talk, you really should.  It is a wonderful, humorous and poignant plea from a mother, who just happens to be a thought provoking diversity expert. Action:  Simple.  This week, try walking towards one of your biases. "How to...

“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.” – Plato

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Day 13 – A Dive Into Vernã Meyers’ Talk

“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.” - Plato Yesterday, we watched Vernã Meyers powerful and emotional TED talk.  Today, we will explore the research supporting a few of the points she made. Vernã told us that our country,...

“When we change the way we communicate, we change society”
― Clay Shirky

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Day 21 – Work Worth Emulating:  Speaking Down Barriers

“When we change the way we communicate, we change society” ― Clay Shirky Let's admit it, the blogs over the last few days have been kind of heavy and hard to deal with.  I promise we will get back to the topic of education, as well as some other heavy topics soon...

“Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be first in love. I want you to be first in moral excellence. I want you to be first in generosity.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Day 23 – Work Worth Emulating: Compassion Games

"Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be first in love. I want you to be first in moral excellence. I want you to be first in generosity." ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I am hooked on compassion this week.  Today's post continues to highlight the...

“The secret of success is constancy to purpose.”  – Benjamin Disraeli

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Day 29 – Work Worth Emulating: Diversity Leadership Initiative

"The secret of success is constancy to purpose."  - Benjamin Disraeli Those of you who know a little of my story, know that the decision to begin my professional work in diversity and inclusion followed my experience of attending the Riley Institute, Diversity...

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