You may recall a Skype conversation I had with Ann Imig that I shared back in April. We were talking about Ann's work as the Founder and National Director of the Listen To Your Mother show. During our chat, we hit on something deeper that feels relevant right now, especially in light of my last post.
It's called unconscious bias. We may not think that we all carry an unconscious bias—that we walk around making snap judgments and assumptions about people—but research shows that we do.
Projects like Listen To Your Mother—projects that bring local communities together, in the same room, to listen to people's stories—bring our unconscious bias to light.
You can watch our whole conversation here. But below is the short segment where Ann talks about unconscious bias and how simply being aware of it can create real, powerful, positive change:
Here are the highlights:
• How often are you super surprised by what people have to say?
• When we hear people's stories, we are blown away. People are so different than we assume. (Tweet that)
• When we really listen to people, it allows us to see commonalities that we wouldn't have seen otherwise.
• If we do have a moment of clarity or even shame about misjudging someone, it's in a private way that allows us to move through it, listen to them, and experience some change and new perspective.
That's how we link hands and hearts and come together. That's how communities are formed.
This week, videos from the 39 city Listen To Your Mother show season went live on YouTube.
You can watch the Charleston show here. And yes, as the local director I may be "biased", but I can say with confidence that you will be blown away.
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