11th August, 2020 at 4:00pm
Unravelling unconscious bias, with Dr Pragya Agarwal
In Conversation | For our partners' teams

Join us for a thought-provoking session, drawing out and discussing key themes on bias and behaviour from the brilliant book Sway.

The recognition that we all have unconscious biases; affecting our judgement, decision making and relationship with others has become a purposeful topic for conversation — and a vital one, if we're to create working cultures in which we all feel welcome, included and able to do our best work together. 

In her rigorously researched book Sway, behavioural and data scientist Dr Pragya Agarwal illuminates lots of the ways our unconscious biases impact our worldview, and our daily interactions with those around us.

In Sway we learn how prejudice against people not like us, was present in our early ancestors for perfectly good reasons. “Humans appear to have a bias that members of out-groups or competitive tribes are less magnanimous and more dangerous than those who belong to our in-groups,” Pragya explains, which was understandable when death at the hand of our rivals was a daily possibility. Drawing on recent developments from neuroscience and behavioural economics, she goes on to show us how unconscious bias isn’t as hardwired as we may have previously believed, and is shaped by lots of social and environmental factors throughout our lives. And — importantly — having been learned, these biases can be unlearned too; with mental checks and consciously slower, more deliberative thinking. “We need time, intention and adequate cognitive capacity and resources to be aware of the activation of stereotypes,” she writes, “and then to significantly reduce the application of any stereotypical beliefs on others around us.” 

Our coming session with Pragya

In this timely, conversational and remote session Pragya will share and build on some of the key thinking in her book, opening our eyes to our own biases and arming us with some thoughts and practical next steps towards the responsibility of re-examining them. We'll invite questions from those along, and share some pre-thinking in advance, and helpful resources and materials by way of follow up too.

We'd love for you to join us.

Illustration by Valero Doval.

Event Details
  • Start:
    11th August, 2020 at 4:00pm
  • End:
    11th August, 2020 at 5:15pm
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