How Good People Can Fight Bias

In her new book, Dolly Chugh provides us with tips for recognizing bias and reducing its effects in ourselves and our workplaces.

Are you against racism? At the same time do you find that your dinner parties consist pretty much of people who look like you? Do you believe workplaces should provide equal opportunities for women—and yet your own office is run exclusively by men?

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This article originally appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: Not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. Since 2001, we have been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life. And we have been without peer in our award-winning efforts to translate and disseminate this science to the public.

Patriarchy, Microaggression, and Political Correctness

I recognize that I was born into privilege.

Being male, white and American comes with a set of assumptions and implicit biases that are deeply ingrained in me and the mores of our fathers. As a progressive-minded person who wants to be an example of attitudes and actions that foster a more just and humane society, I am willing to have my unconscious behaviors laid bare so that I might learn new ways of communicating and interacting with people and the world. But in order for this to occur, my hope must be met with more than mere outrage.

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J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

Deeply Looking at the Man in the Mirror

This morning I awoke to the contrast, complexity, and hypocrisy that is me!

You see, I have seen a lot in my 45 times around the sun.

I have seen the best in people, and I have seen the worst in people. I have seen the best in myself, and I have seen the worst in myself.

With all that I have seen from so many different perspectives, today, I awaken to the knowing that living all of this, was still living from a place of privilege. 

It is a very humbling and awakening moment to say the least.

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After #MeToo - Healing From the Trauma of Sexual Assault

Within two weeks, 94 percent of women survivors will experience PTSD. #HealMeToo wants to give them a place to share and recover.

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YES! Magazine reframes the biggest problems of our time in terms of their solutions. Online and in print, we outline a path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement, and stories about real people working for a better world.

When Communities Make Racial Justice a Priority

From conversations that heal to land trusts that fight gentrification.

This article is part of Yes! Magazine's state-by-state exploration of local solutions.

Missouri

In the weeks following the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, Wellspring Church in Ferguson became a space for protestors to meet, talk about issues, and strategize for change. Two years have passed, but Wellspring’s pastor, The Rev. F. Willis Johnson Jr., wants to keep those conversations going.

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YES! Magazine reframes the biggest problems of our time in terms of their solutions. Online and in print, we outline a path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement, and stories about real people working for a better world.

Entreprenuership Is (or Should Be) Gender Neutral

I hate the term “female entrepreneurship.” We don’t call entrepreneurial endeavors led by men “male entrepreneurship.” We just call it entrepreneurship. Unintentionally or not, “female entrepreneurship” implies a rare, or “wow, women can start and lead businesses? Really? Since when,” distinction. The gap widens as we separate the genders into distinct categories. I’m not the only one calling for us to crack the glass for equality on this ceiling.

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Julie is committed to telling the story of where business meets good. She is the Founder of B Storytelling, a content development company specifically designed to help popularize the good happening through business. They do this by helping B Corps and other social enterprises identify, build and leverage their brands. She is also a writer for 3BL Media and Just Means and has been published in M&V Magazine and the Centre of Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge among others. Julie has an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and is laser focused on becoming a better surfer than her husband, Thomas. 

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01/08/2019
In her new book, Dolly Chugh provides us with tips for recognizing bias and reducing its effects in ourselves and our workplaces. Are you against racism? At the same time do you find that your... read more
Boss sits at desk while secretary squishes down on low chair
08/24/2018
I recognize that I was born into privilege. Being male, white and American comes with a set of assumptions and implicit biases that are deeply ingrained in me and the mores of our fathers. As a... read more
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06/06/2018
This morning I awoke to the contrast, complexity, and hypocrisy that is me! You see, I have seen a lot in my 45 times around the sun. I have seen the best in people, and I have seen the worst... read more
WOman twirling hair in front of graffiti filled wall
01/23/2018
Within two weeks, 94 percent of women survivors will experience PTSD. #HealMeToo wants to give them a place to share and recover. The red carpet of the 2018 Golden Globe Awards was not the usual... read more
Justice statue holding scales and sword.
01/25/2017
From conversations that heal to land trusts that fight gentrification. This article is part of Yes! Magazine's state-by-state exploration of local solutions. Missouri In the weeks... read more
over-the-shoulder view of woman texting on smartphone
04/10/2016
I hate the term “female entrepreneurship.” We don’t call entrepreneurial endeavors led by men “male entrepreneurship.” We just call it entrepreneurship. Unintentionally or not, “female... read more
Group of res chess pawns and one black piece.
01/08/2019
In her new book, Dolly Chugh provides us with tips for recognizing bias and reducing its effects in ourselves and our workplaces. Are you against racism? At the same time do you find that your... read more
Boss sits at desk while secretary squishes down on low chair
08/24/2018
I recognize that I was born into privilege. Being male, white and American comes with a set of assumptions and implicit biases that are deeply ingrained in me and the mores of our fathers. As a... read more
Man with chrome mirrored cover over his face
06/06/2018
This morning I awoke to the contrast, complexity, and hypocrisy that is me! You see, I have seen a lot in my 45 times around the sun. I have seen the best in people, and I have seen the worst... read more
WOman twirling hair in front of graffiti filled wall
01/23/2018
Within two weeks, 94 percent of women survivors will experience PTSD. #HealMeToo wants to give them a place to share and recover. The red carpet of the 2018 Golden Globe Awards was not the usual... read more
Justice statue holding scales and sword.
01/25/2017
From conversations that heal to land trusts that fight gentrification. This article is part of Yes! Magazine's state-by-state exploration of local solutions. Missouri In the weeks... read more
over-the-shoulder view of woman texting on smartphone
04/10/2016
I hate the term “female entrepreneurship.” We don’t call entrepreneurial endeavors led by men “male entrepreneurship.” We just call it entrepreneurship. Unintentionally or not, “female... read more