We do unconscious bias training, how is this different or even better?
Unconscious bias training is a popular approach to dealing with the question of “Diversity & Inclusion”. It’s allure, we believe, is in its promise that with a quick workshop or a ‘cheeky webinar’ the task of undoing centuries of inequalities – across race, gender, faith, sexuality, class and ability – will be possible.
This comparison may help further: unconscious bias training is like watching Strictly Come Dancing in your living room. By watching enough episodes you can feel like you too know what it takes to dance an excellent rumba. Our programmes, however, are like taking classes where you actually learn to become a dancer.
In their own words a participant explains the difference too:
The unconscious bias training I received pointed out that we have unconscious biases in a general way, but not really saying how to overcome it. The difference between that and Fearless Futures is that we look at power distributions and techniques/actions to change our behaviour and identify how power influences/ affects other people. This makes it applicable to our lives. Also as this course is longer we have the time to mull over the ideas/principles/facts we learn which has helped.
Do you work with our industry?
We work with people across all industries because inequalities manifest whether you’re in advertising, technology, the law, academia, design, publishing, the third sector, health, retail, construction and beyond. While your organisation may have unique quirks, our approach supports participants precisely with sustainable and flexible tools to recognise the context-dependent ways inequalities show up and the role they can play in challenging them.
You work with girls and non binary people in schools too, do you work with teachers?
Yes! We run our programmes for courageous educators to bring a deep and nuanced understanding of the complexities and realities of the inequalities their students bring with them into their classrooms. Our workshops ensure your practice is consistently and meaningfully inclusive.
Our work with school leaders also incorporates a focus on the power and productivity of a diverse workforce, bringing a meaningful understanding of the ways inequalities impact upon questions of recruitment, retention, promotion and leadership.