February 28: An Open Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Close with Dr. Steve Robbins

The “Your Brain is Good at Inclusion… Except When It’s Not” presentation provides an innovative, science-based look at the benefits of creating inclusive workplaces.

Using the fields of cognitive neuroscience, socio-psychology, and communication (among others), Dr. Robbins explores with his audience the human, hard-wired need to be valued and included – and what happens when that need is not met. He demonstrates how our brain has natural tendencies (i.e. biases) that can help us achieve goals, but also lead to unintended consequences, like the exclusion of others who are different than us. He provides listeners with terms and a language that invite people into productive conversations about inclusion and diversity. In the end, Dr. Robbins shows that the key to battling bias in organizations begins with understanding how individuals’ brains operate, but ultimately requires changes in organizational patterns of beliefs and behaviors.

The presentation makes a compelling, neuroscience-grounded case for why addressing inclusion and diversity is not an option, but an organizational imperative for excelling in a dynamic, 21st century world. And as always, Dr. Robbins brings all this science-based content neatly packaged in real-world relevance, a good dose of storytelling and laugh-out-loud humor. Ultimately, listeners will walk away with 1) a greater motivation to engage the work of inclusion and diversity, 2) better understand what that work looks like, and 3) how such work will enhance individual and organizational performance.

Participants will:

• Better understand the work of inclusion and diversity from the perspectives of human behavior and cognitive neuroscience
• Understand how the brain’s natural functioning can lead to unintended consequences and prevent us from leveraging human differences
• Better understand the root of cause(s) of inclusion and diversity-related problems
• Obtain concepts, terms and language that invite people into conversation about inclusion and diversity
• Walk away with a deeper commitment and simple, yet powerful actions to address issues of inclusion and diversity

Presented by Poudre River Public Library District in partnership with Larimer County Department of Human Services and L’Ancla

Thursday, February 28, 2019
9:00 am to 11:00 am 
Lincoln Center – Magnolia Theater 
417 W. Magnolia Street, Fort Collins, CO 
Free event. 

Register here.

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