From Unconscious Bias To Conscious Inclusion
- Face-to-face (Half or full day for <15 people)
- Live Virtual (3hrs for <15 people)
- Conferences and events (<500 people)
- Webinar (1hr for <1000 people)
- With or without actors
- Fully customisable
From Unconscious Bias to Conscious Inclusion
There are numerous studies out there reporting the impact of unconscious bias on our day-to-day interactions. As a result, organisations are losing or missing out on great talent. Many studies show that raising awareness of unconscious bias is not enough to drive meaningful change, so we’re here to take you beyond unconscious bias awareness, to move people towards conscious inclusion.
By moving from simple awareness of unconscious bias to tangible action, this course is designed to equip people with the practical knowledge and confidence to guard against unconscious bias, recognise how it may show up in their day to day, and commit to meaningful actions to consciously include.
Our own journey
We begin with an activity that demonstrates how we draw on our lived experiences, assumptions and stereotypes when making everyday decisions, before exploring how this plays out in our day-to-day interactions. Working in small groups, we will reflect on personal experiences of being advantaged and disadvantaged by bias, and the impact this can have on us and those around us.
My inner-circle activity
This reflective activity looks at the perspectives we engage with every day. Thinking about the people we spend most of our time with, we will consider whether our daily interactions include diverse opinions and perspectives on the world, and what this means in terms of the viewpoints we relate with.
Shining a light on unconscious bias
An opportunity to explore what we mean by unconscious bias and how we all have biases, both conscious and unconscious. We will look at two systems of thinking and give examples of how, if unchallenged, unconscious bias can lead to unfair decision-making, in relationship building and general workplace interactions. This can be enhanced by bringing unconscious bias to life through a powerful scenario enacted by professional actors, or through a hard-hitting video.
Micro-behaviours and their impact
We define micro behaviours, subconscious gestures of exclusion, and how they influence our interactions. In groups, delegates will reflect on several micro behaviours and whether they have done or experienced any of these in the past.
Using micro-affirmations to challenge non-inclusion
We reflect on the impact these behaviours may have on the person on the receiving end and explore micro affirmations with an activity designed to leave delegates with positive and practical ways to challenge negative micro-behaviours.
Becoming an active player in shaping our environment
We summarise the journey we have taken so far and invite the group to share ideas from their personal action plan, before committing to driving positive change.
Looking for Something Different?
How we arrive at the core learning depends on which road you want to take, how many people are on the journey and your reasons for embarking in the first place. Drop us a note with your availability for a call and together, we can create a roadmap to your next Diversity & Inclusion milestone.
What About Actors?
Through clever script writing, goose-bump inducing delivery and professional facilitation we can bring so much to life. We stimulate emotion, penetrate the long-term memory and create lasting change.
When we use live drama, we are able to have the actors play out the scenario and then be hot seated for the audience to ask them questions whilst they remain in character. Hot seating works so well because actors work with a pre-rehearsed backstory, so they are able to respond in character. They progressively reveal unexpected elements of their story that will not have previously been told. It can bust assumptions that the audience might have made based on the scenario (situation) but not fully understanding the impact at first sight.
Using actors in this programme enables us to bring to:
- Bring both the subtle, and not so subtle, inappropriate behaviours to life, literally
- Provide attendees with an opportunity to explore the fine line between what is and isn’t acceptable
- Give attendees a chance to challenge the actors whilst they are still in character
- Demonstrate that things aren’t always what they seem at first glance
- Provide delegates with an opportunity to test out alternative ways of approaching what can often be sensitive situations
- Create a goosebump-inducing learning experience that sticks in the long-term memory
Don't Just Take Our Word For It
Natasha GrahamSenior Policy Officer - Diversity, Great London Authority
“The training was fantastic – it gave us time to reflect on the inclusive behaviours we have within the organisation but, more crucially, the inclusive behaviours that we have of ourselves”.WATCH ALL TESTIMONIALS