A crucial somatic exercise that calms your nervous system. This makes you aware of your biases and creates the possibility to pause when you need to decide how to act or respond.
When you hear the word ‘manager,’ what image comes to mind? Is it a young woman of colour, or a middle-aged white man? Probably the latter. Think manager, think (white) male. This isn’t unusual; everyone has these ‘preprogrammed’ ideas and unconscious biases based on appearance or demographic features.
Yes, everyone is biased. So, yes, you too (even if you think otherwise).
Biologically, us humans seek safety. We tend to avoid change because the familiar is trusted and safe (status quo bias). Negativity poses a threat (negativity bias), and we unconsciously pay more attention to it – we must be alert to danger. Additionally, we have a strong need to belong, and that sense develops more quickly with those who are similar to us (affinity bias).
Being biased is not your fault, but it is your responsibility to do something about it.
The negative impact of unconscious bias is significant, both in our personal lives and in the workplace. If we only collaborate with people who are like us, we perpetuate inequality and hinder innovation. Bias can also result in unjust treatment or assessment of other people, purely based on, for example, gender. A man is considered assertive, while a woman displaying the same behaviour is labelled as bitchy. Conversely, a woman is considered nurturing, but a nurturing man is labelled as a softy.
Thanks to the workshop you will:
- Better understand how your brain unconsciously works and where unconscious bias originates.
- Gain insight into the six biases hindering gender diversity: affinity bias, status quo bias, negativity bias, Dunning-Kruger bias, false consensus bias, and confirmation bias.
- Experience the (negative) effect of behaviour stemming from unconscious bias, both in yourself and others.
- Receive actionable perspectives on recognising and reducing your own biases.
- Feel how awareness of unconscious bias empowers you to act differently.
- Be capable of creating a more inclusive work environment that stimulates collaboration, and creativity in diverse teams.
This Doors Open workshop is developed based on embodied learning. Research shows that if you truly want to change behaviour, you must feel that change in your body. Simply knowing that you need to change and how to do so is not enough. Our approach integrates insights from neuroscience, biology, psychology, and martial arts, including aikido. In addition to practical and theoretical tools provided during the workshop, you will actively engage in somatic exercises, allowing you to:
Experience what it‘s like to literally change perspectives, why it’s important, and how challenging it can be.
You’ll come to understand how they influence you and those around you.
Discover actions you can take to create movement and space, breaking free from a status quo or conflict.
Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is for anyone aiming to address their unconscious biases. It is for professionals at all levels, from employees to managers, and for those who want to contribute to stimulating diversity, equality, and inclusion in their workplace.
This workshop can be facilitated in-company. Want to know more? Contact us for more information.
Who we are
Doors Open was founded by Suzanne Mau-Asam (also the founder of The Female Hub), a sociologist and one of the few somatic coaches in the Netherlands trained by the Strozzi Institute. Over the years, Suzanne has developed an approach rooted in Somatic Learning and Somatic Experience, focusing on the intelligence stored in the body rather than solely on cognitive learning. She has found that this brings about lasting changes in individuals and organisations.