Building Authentic Relationships Across DifferenceseBook - 2016
Everybody's biased-even nice people like you. We all harbor unconscious assumptions about those who are different from us that get in the way of our good intentions and keep us from working together harmoniously and effectively. So in an increasingly diverse and globalized world, what does respecting difference actually require? Tiffany Jana and Matthew Freeman argue that we need to focus our energy on identifying our deeply personal points of privilege and preference. Becoming aware of these hidden biases and learning how they arise from our histories and cloud our perceptions enables us to make genuine connections with others who aren't like us. And only by forging authentic relationships across differences such as race, religion, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, education, socioeconomic class, and ability will we ultimately break down social barriers and, in the process, greatly enrich our lives. Jana and Freeman are also a biracial couple, so they have some pretty deep experience with this issue. Overcoming Bias uses vivid stories and fun (yes, fun!) exercises and activities to help us challenge our presuppositions and become open to encountering people, cultures, and ideas outside our usual comfort zone. This book will provide you with everything you need to understand bias, talk about it with increased fluency, and control and conquer it. In the end, Jana and Freeman's central message is that you are not the problem-but you are the solution.
Publisher: [United States] : Berrett-Koehler Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2016
Characteristics: 1 online resource