Moving Beyond Unconscious Bias – Good People Matter!


Presented at SQL Saturday Oregon on October 24, 2015

by Julie Koesmarno and Cindy Gross

Good People

We’re good people. As good people we don’t want to think we do things that have negative consequences for others. But sometimes our subconscious can fool us. What we intend isn’t always what happens. We think we’re making a totally rational decision based on our conscious values – but subtle, unconscious bias creeps in. Yes, even for good people. For 20+ years folks at Harvard have been using something called the Implicit Association Test (IAT) to help us identify our biases.

Take this IAT on gender and career – the results may surprise you: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/user/agg/blindspot/tablet.htm

Watch Alan Alda take the test, it will give you a feel for how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RSVz6VEybk 

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Continue reading at http://befriendingdragons.com/2015/10/26/moving-beyond-unconscious-bias-good-people-matter/ 

 

Slides are attached at the bottom of this post. 

 

 

 

 

MovingBeyondUnconsciousBiasOct2015.pptx

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