Unconscious Bias to Conscious Inclusion
In-House Training, Available As:
- Full or half-day workshop or 1 hour interactive webinar
- In-person or live virtual
- Fully customisable
- Option to enhance with actors
- Embed learning with Toolkit Takeaways
Unconscious Bias to Conscious Inclusion Training Solution
In our everyday decisions and interactions, the impact of unconscious bias is profound. But here’s the truth: awareness alone is not enough to drive real transformation. That’s why we’re here to take you beyond unconscious bias awareness and propel you towards conscious inclusion.
Through engaging case studies and with the option to incorporate interactive drama with professional actors, this course is carefully crafted to equip participants with practical knowledge and confidence to counteract unconscious bias.
- Understand the proven, wide-spread effects of unconscious bias on the world around us.
- Have explored how and why stereotypes, assumptions and bias (conscious or unconscious) influences interactions and decisions.
- Gain awareness of various bias types and their manifestations in daily situations.
- Recognise how personal experiences influence worldviews and learn strategies for embracing diverse perspectives.
- Understand the impact of micro-behaviours and how to adopt micro-affirmations to challenge negative behaviours.
- Embrace the role of actively shaping a consciously inclusive workplace through behaviour and conversation.
(1) Finding My Place in the Conversation: A thought-provoking video reveals how assumptions, stereotypes, and biases influence everyday decisions and interactions. Participants will reflect on their own experiences of bias and the impact of those experiences on themselves and others.
How this looks with actors:
An immersive scenario, performed by actors, demonstrates the importance of unmasking unconscious bias. Inspired by real-life cases, participants will witness the detrimental impact of assumptions and misunderstandings. This emotionally charged scenario engages hearts and minds, inspiring a thought-provoking discussion that we’ll build on as the workshop progresses.
(2) The Tortoise and the Hare: Biases influence our quick (intuitive) and slow (rational) decision-making processes. Using the “Candle and Matches” activity, participants examine two systems of thinking. We’ll unpack different types of bias, including affinity, benevolence, and confirmation bias, and their impact.
(3) My Lens on the World: It’s said that we see the world not as it is, but as we see ourselves. By exploring their “Inner Circle of Trust”, participants will understand how their view on the world is shaped and sometimes limited by lived experiences. They’ll unpack conscientious curiosity, becoming empowered to engage more with different opinions and perspectives. At this point, participants will be asked to reflect on their first takeaway action, which will be added to their progressive action plans.
How this looks with actors:
Our actors portray authentic stories that highlight the impact of micro-behaviours. Participants will witness a conversation that encourages participants to recognise the potential harm caused by seemingly minor actions. They’ll have the chance to uncover the intentions and emotions of both players in the conversation, sparking vital conversations about how to practically address such behaviour day-to-day.
(4) Small Behaviours, Big Impact: We introduce the concept of micro-behaviours, subtle gestures and throwaway comments that can significantly influence interactions. Participants are invited to reflect on common micro-behaviours through a video scenario titled, “Is it Really Unintentional?”, which vividly demonstrate the effects of micro-behaviours. Participants then have another pause for introspection on practical steps they can action beyond the workshop.
(5) Defining Conscious Inclusion: We invite participants to consider what conscious inclusion means in practice. What behaviours would we observe? What conversations would we hear? We’ll explore the benefits of working in a consciously inclusive environment and the five stages of conscious inclusion, with practical tips for prioritising inclusion and actively shaping the workplace.
(6) Action Planning for Conscious Inclusion: The workshop concludes with participants developing personalised action plans. These plans will outline specific steps to apply the learned concepts in their professional and personal interactions, ensuring continuous development towards conscious inclusion.
We’re advocates of crafting tailormade solutions that ensure you meet objectives and maximise budgets. Contact us to book a meeting to scope the right solution for your organisation, together.
What About Actors?
Through clever script writing, goosebump-inducing delivery and professional facilitation, we love to bring learning to life with actors…
We can select scripts from our library or write them specially for you, based on typical scenarios you see within in your organisation. For larger projects where budgets don’t allow for live acting, we can professionally film bespoke scenarios to create video content which can be used in the training as well as induction, toolkits, and beyond.
Using actors in workshop give delegates the opportunity to:
- Test out alternative ways of approaching what can sometimes be difficult situations, without the pressure of role playing themselves!
- Explore what is acceptable and what isn’t; intent versus impact; and both the subtle, and not so subtle, behaviours we see play out in the workplace
- Be immersed in an interactive learning experience that engages hearts and minds, and sticks in the long-term memory
Don't Just Take Our Word For It
Nina DarlingUoP SHCP Teaching Fellow, University of Portsmouth
“The course which Paula provided was really engaging and nicely presented. The use of the actors was particularly good and actually bought the whole thing to life and made it really valuable learning. Thank you very much – it was fantastic!”WATCH ALL TESTIMONIALS