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Everybody's biased. We all harbor unconscious assumptions that get in the way of our good intentions and keep us from working harmoniously and effectively with other people. In our increasingly diverse society this can be a real stumbling block.

Tiffany Jana and Matthew Freeman - consultants who also happen to be a biracial couple - argue that ultimately the only way to really overcome bias is to focus our energy on building relationships. We need to extend our circle of trust to include people who are different from us in many ways - race, religion, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, education, socioeconomic class, and ability. These differences can enrich our lives and expand our perspectives.

Overcoming Bias doesn't advocate setting some kind of friend quota, merely that we seek out experiences that challenge our presuppositions and expose us to people, cultures, and ideas outside of our usual comfort zone. But this also requires some work on ourselves. Through vivid stories, soul-searching reflection, and fun (yes, fun!) exercises and activities Jana and Freeman help us become aware of our own biases, stereotypes, and unacknowledged privileges. This book will provide you with everything you need to understand bias, talk about it with increased fluency, and overcome it so you can build stronger relationships.

©2016 Tiffany Jana and Matthew Freeman (P)2016 Tiffany Jana and Matthew Freeman

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Well Rounded

Recognizing implicit biases has been important to me as of lately, and I loved that this book culminated all the information that i’ve been seeking into one place. The audiobook made it more digestible for me personally.

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Important quick read

This book is well written and speaks to all of us especially in this very divisive time. I think everyone should take a moment and try a couple of the exercises.

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  • 06-05-18

an excellent approach to managing bias

excelent book. it does tend to present bias as a problem to be overcome which is signalled in the title rather than as a natural human characteristic that just needs to be managed. that said the approach of acti ely engaging in a more diverse world and the exMple stories afe very inspiring