Sticks & Stones - Microaggression & Inclusiveness at Work
In September 2017, I gave my first ever conference talk at Write the Docs Prague: Sticks & Stones: Microaggressions & Inclusiveness.
So many thanks to the authors/creators of the following materials. Their work was critical to helping me formulate my talk and understand my own thinking on these topics:
“Let me just start with number one. We gotta get out of denial. Stop trying to be good people. We need real people.”
“Let’s be a little less anxious and a little more bold in our conversations about race.”
“If we want to live in a world where the circumstances of your birth do not dictate your future and where equal opportunity is ubiquitous, then each and every one of us has a role to play in making sure unconscious bias does not determine our lives.”
Research on implicit/unconscious bias and tests you can take to see your own.
“When we work from a place that says, “I’m enough,” when we stop screaming and start listening, we’re kinder and gentler to the people around us, and we’re kinder and gentler to ourselves.”
“Empathy is feeling with people… Sympathy is ‘Oo! It’s bad, yeah! Want a sandwich?’”
“It’s difficult to grapple with the idea that we may have gotten it wrong – that, despite our best intentions, we’ve done real harm.”
“Once I accept that microaggressions have real-life effects on those who are the target, then I ask myself: Do I want to be someone who contributes to a stressful and hostile environment for people around me?”