Food for Thought.

I’ve recently discovered the wonderful world of podcasts. I know, I’m so late in the game with this one. But now that I’m in it, I’m addicted. I can’t get enough!

One of the podcasts I subscribe to is “TED: This Year in Ideas,” which I love because it’s equally entertaining and educational. Every time I listen to an episode, I’m smiling and tearing up at the same time. I love the international community TED has created, and honestly can’t get enough of their mission to promote ideas worth spreading.

In the below video, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, discusses the concepts of unconscious bias, social perception, the work we can do to be more aware of ourselves and others, and thus, enable positive change in our communities.

Yassmin is a mechanical engineer, a writer, and an activist. She founded Youth Without Borders, an organization that empowers young people as leaders of positive change. And in this video, she inspires us to pause and think about our initial perceptions of others, challenges us to look beyond those innate impressions, encourages us to embrace the differences that make us magically interesting, and incites us to support each other.

I really love Yassmin’s language in this talk – key words and phrases like, “unconscious bias” versus “conscious discrimination”; I love what she says about identifying, acknowledging, and mitigating our instinctual prejudices. And that she addresses the reality that bias, discrimination, and prejudice are not just a matter of race–which people generally tend to assume–but actually, are also a matter of class, education, gender, and overall equality in every facet of our lives.

Read more about Yassmin here and check out her Twitter, too!

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