Special mention: today World Trust is taking part in Blog Action Day, along with thousands of others around the globe. This year's topic, Inequality, is one that we care deeply about discussing in order to move toward change.
One of the strongest perpetuators of the system of racial inequity is unconscious bias. As diversity trainers and educators, it is crucial to find ways to interrupt this bias so as to pave the way for change.
Transformative learning asks adult learners to engage in critical reflection on their experiences and learned beliefs, for the purpose of deconstructing embedded assumptions about how the world works.
At World Trust, we have found that transformative learning is the perfect pedagogy for addressing unconscious bias. In this blog series, we look at six elements that can be included in your diversity activities, harnessing the power of transformative learning to combat unconscious bias.
#5 Facing One’s Own Bias: Creating a disorienting dilemma.
Learning that the world does not function the way you thought it did can create a phenomenon that transformative learning theorist Jack Mezirow called a “disorienting dilemma.” Abrupt change in your own way of thinking can have a curious effect on the mind and body. It can rip the ground out from under your feet, interrupt the misinformation we all carry about the world. But in the space left by the sudden shift, our points of view have the potential for expansion.