Who Should Talk About Differences
Dive into this topic by watching the video, followed by key explanations below:
We all should participate in conversations about differences, so long as we’re using helpful terminology. (See Lesson 1.6)
The more we talk about things head on the better. As we’ll soon learn, cognitive diversity works best when it engages head on.
Before we can really make cognitive diversity work, we need whoever we’re collaborating with to get on board with it.
However, psychology research tells us that it’s sometimes easier to accept a message of change from someone who you identify with as part of your “in-group.” If someone from your out-group asks you to change the way you include or work with people from your out-group in your collaboration, you’re less likely to go along with it than if someone from your in-group says the same thing.
Ideally, conversations to help get a group on board with differences should be led by two or more visibly different people together—and with representation from people’s own in-group helping lead the discussion.