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The Neurology of Stereotypes

January 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Wray Herbert has an interesting post in his blog about the neurology of stereotypes.  The post highlights the brain chemistry associated with how we come up and apply stereotypes to each other. 

What it means for Diversity 2.0…

As human beings we stereotype and categorize everything or else life would just be to confusing and laborious to labor through.  Just think of how difficult your life would be if everything you encountered whether a car, friend, or paticular food you had to define each time it was encountered? It would be unthinkable. 

The best way to rid ourselves of stereotypes is to understand that stereotypical thinking is entirely human and is a mechanism that is needed for us to conduct healthy lives.  However, those stereotypes that do harm to other human beings are the ones where we need to rewire our unconscious biases through the use of neural reprogramming.  We need to encourage the erection of structures and systems that promote collaboration and the expansion of our respective social networks that include more diversity.  Click here for Wray’s post.

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A New Way of Looking at Demographics…

January 18, 2009 Leave a comment

If you are like me this past political season was both long and tense.  But, it was also very interesting.  I was very interested in the seeming red state blue state divide that all media would trumpet from the roof tops.  Kansas is a red state, Virginia could become a Blue state.  The red state blue state became such a paradigm that I really wondered if people really fit into these nice simple and neat categories. 

With the creation of Patchwork Nation, a new blog on demographics from the Christain Science Monitor I finally found some other folks who felt that the way people view politics and who they vote for is far from simple and neat.  Instead it is complex and messy and reflects 11 new demographic groups that move beyond the traditional right/left arguement.

What this means in a Diversity 2.0 world…

Our traditional measures of demographics whether in the workplace or in our communities are in fact short-sighted and should be given more thought.  What the Patchwork Nation makes clear is that our demographic groups are more complex than simple racial categories and the like.  Instead they are highly permeable and connects more around interests and class rather than race.  Maybe, the way we track demographics should be updated to the Patchwork Nation? Check out the Patchwork Nation Blogchristianscience_patchwork

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Welcome…

January 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Welcome to the blog for my upcoming book. “Diversity 2.0: Cliques, Butterflies, Bathtubs, Brown Eyes and the Radical Re-Making of the New Us”.

In this blog I will post excerpts of my book, provide some analysis of relevant news and issues, and post interesting commentaries.

Please, join the ride and check in often and share your comments…

 

 

 

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David Brooks Gets it Right About the Power of Our Unconscious

January 18, 2009 Leave a comment

David Brooks the fabulous columnist from the NY Times has a great article about the power of our unconscious.  Brooks illustrates how our current economic crisis cannot be viewed in simplistic and mechanistic terms.  But, Instead must be understood in the full light of the latest findings regarding how we make decisions.  And even more importantly what this says about the power of our unconscious.

The point? We are not the rational precise decision makers we think we are.  Instead we are the “predictable irrationalist” that are described in a best-selling book of the same title.

What this means for Diversity 2.o…

When we say we are not predjudice or “treat everyone the same” it’s a lie.  For some of us an unconscious lie and for some others a conscious lie.  Whatever.  The bottomline is most of us carry around the prejudices and stereotypes of our family, environment, culture, and last but not least our genes.  

A Diversity 2.0 approach calls for a focus on rewiring our unconscious minds and acknowledging that we have the power to build our environment to protect us from ourselves.

Read the David Brooks column here

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