This week I’m re-reading a book by David Cameron Gikandi called A Happy Pocket Full of Money. It’s a great book about the mindset of abundance. I highly recommend it, it’s a fascinating read. It’s my second time through, and of course different things are jumping out at me this time. Here is … [Continue reading] Memory, Diversity and Inclusion
On the weekend I was reminded of a great quote by Mark Twain: "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." Although I would argue that what we don't know can get us into trouble, the second half is particularly insightful when talking … [Continue reading] What gets us into trouble…
Ah stereotypes... Have you noticed that the negative ones are usually more about certain people than others? And that those “certain” people are usually not in the dominant group? Think about it. Who are the bad drivers, the late-comers, the lazy ones...the list goes on. Of course there are positive … [Continue reading] Blind Spot – Part 3: Stereotypes
The Women’s World Cup is being held across Canada next year. Apparently the decision was made to use Astroturf fields instead of grass. The reason? FIFA wanted to “test it out”. Hmmm...I wonder why they didn’t see fit to test it out THIS year during the World Cup? It’s a decision (and a defense) … [Continue reading] Women as “testers”?
Welcome to my series about Blind Spots - based on the book by Dr. Banaji and Dr. Greenwald. This week, I'd like to introduce you to one of their concepts: Mindbugs. Mindbugs are defined as follows: "Ingrained habits of thought that lead to errors in how we perceive, remember, reason and make … [Continue reading] Blind Spot – part 1: Social Mindbugs
I have recently read Blind Spot - Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald and it blew my mind. I have always focused on bias when developing and delivering workshops on diversity and inclusion, because I firmly believe that it's an important starting point for … [Continue reading] Blind Spot