NERD OUT — inclusion

ASSERTIVENESS, REJECTION AND YOUR BRAIN

Paloma Medina

Tags assertiveness, equity, goals, inclusion, Influence, introversion

ASSERTIVENESS, REJECTION AND YOUR BRAIN

First, a definition:  Assertiveness is a series of communication techniques to ensure an interaction is fair and respectful. Put another way: assertiveness is the expectation that your core needs and boundaries are important and worth respecting, but it also means you know that others aren’t mind readers, so you have to tell them what your boundaries and needs are. Example: Imagine you’re in a loooong grocery store line and the man waiting behind you has been standing weirdly, creepily close to you the whooole time you’ve been waiting.   Option A: ignore it and pray to the gods they open...


Neurology for Equity: Rewiring our Brains, Changing our Biases

Paloma Medina

Tags empathy, equity, inclusion, individuation, neurology, unconscious bias

Neurology for Equity: Rewiring our Brains, Changing our Biases

Intercultural skills are non-negotiable in our increasingly global world, where humans are more mobile than we’ve ever been, and where technology gives us access to groups and cultures we’d otherwise never get the chance to interact with.   However, a significant barrier to our intercultural skills is one of the brain’s many coping mechanisms: unconscious biases. Biases are like having a stubborn 2 year old in your head all the time -- what it wants is usually what it gets, and it prefers to simplify the world into binaries -- good and bad, black and white, love it and hate...