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Friday Faves is our weekly blog series highlighting a few select pieces from the REG team’s reading lists. You can catch up on past Friday Faves on the archive.
Walk a mile in my moccasins – Jane Elliott
Anne says: I was first exposed to Jane Elliott’s work in the early 1990s. Her work had an immediate impact and shaped my approach to education and design in workplaces ever since. I was reminded of her passionate and lifelong dedication to educating people when she was interviewed by Jimmy Fallon recently. Now in her 80’s, Jane’s energy and resolve have not diminished, in fact, she’s more vehement than when I met her in the mid-1990s.
To understand Jane’s work, it’s necessary to locate the origins in context. In April 1968, after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jnr, Jane Elliot, a school teacher in Riceville, Iowa (USA) decided to teach her students about discrimination. How she created the context and experience for her third grade students was remarkable. Informed by a Sioux Indian prayer: “keep me from judging a man until I’ve walked a mile in his moccasins.” Or as I use in educational and workplace design: without the experience, there is no understanding. It’s empathy and more. I can empathise, deeply understand what someone else may be experiencing, but I can never truly feel what their experience is. In terms of discrimination, I can empathise, I can imagine, I can understand, but I can’t truly feel it until I experience it, in their skin. So Jane Elliott, put into practice, an experiment with her students. The now famous (or infamous to some) “Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes”.
If you had blue eyes, you were branded as less intelligent, dirty, of lower value than the other children with brown eyes. They were smarter, more important. She enacted the scenario for a whole day – the results were astounding. The impact of language, how we speak to others, how we label others is a fundamental aspect of creating a binary “us versus them” scenario. There are links to her original work and the third video, “A Class Divided”, revisits children, her students, as adults to explore how it influenced their lives (around 20 minutes into the video). But keep watching – there’s a session where she’s working with correctional officers, adults, and listen to the language used. It’s fascinating and starts to reveal the deeper, systemised discrimination that we’re only now starting to address.
A final reflection, Jane said to me, after the session I did with her in Sydney: You are privileged. You are white, highly educated, professional and an educator. Use your privilege to influence others. Use your access to the system to initiate change. I haven’t practised Jane’s teachings directly (Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes), however, re-connecting with her work has reminded me how we can all choose a pathway to walk in someone else’s moccasins to understand their experience, or we can impose our pathway on others with no consideration to the impact. Which pathway will you take?
Here’s how to make your virtual meetings more efficient
Jakkii says: I’m not going to lie, part of me shared this because of this adorable dog picture. But fortunately, it’s not just cute dogs, there are also some handy tips in here as well. The article starts off with an important point:
Not to be dramatic but… ineffectual meetings were a huge problem before coronavirus.
And, it’s true. Long before we were talking about Zoom fatigue, there were hundreds of articles about how to make meetings better. It seems all that’s happened during the pandemic with everyone working from home is we’ve taken our bad habits and put them on video – and maybe picked up a few more poor habits as well.
The article goes over a few common points, like questioning whether something even needs to be a meeting – or if it even needed to be in email! It then goes on to give these key tips for virtual meetings:
- End the sudden outbursts and awkward silences with a facilitator
- Cut them down until you find the right fit
- Keep your sanity and focus intact by embracing timeboxing
- Forget all the rules and create your own
It finishes by discussing the fact that the way we work and manage people will change. It’s not a long read, but it’s a good one to have a browse through either for some new ideas, or maybe some confirmation of ideas you’ve been thinking about trying. If you put any of the tips into practice, I’d love to hear how it goes for you! Let me know in the comments or on social media.
Around the house
I signed up for a zoom workout class that was too advanced so when the instructor said “do a plank and bring your knee to the opposite elbow,” I did a modified version where I turned off my computer and made pancakes
— Morgan Murphy (@morgan_murphy) April 20, 2020
Jakkii says: I’m back yet again with your weekly round up of things you can do at home while we continue to transition through the phases of reopening.
- Watch Dave Chapelle’s 8:46
- Meet the female muralists behind Black Lives Matter’s most visceral imagery
- Find out when you should get rid of those takeaway containers you’ve been reusing
- Get a peek at the best and worst celebrity homes, as seen on Zoom calls
- Dive into the mystifying world of TikTok home tours
- Discover Zombie nation: South Korea and the new wave of zombie movies
- Check out 8 lockdown habits people say they want to keep, post-pandemic
- Take in this long read on the power of crowds
We’re gonna have to retire the expression “avoid it like the plague” because it turns out humans do not do that
— Jenny Nicholson (@JennyENicholson) June 12, 2020
Hilarious now that anyone thought it was a plot hole that after the events of Jurassic Park that people would dare
A) Re-open the park
B) Be eager to visit the re-opened
— Chris Calogero (@RealChrisCal) June 16, 2020
me smiling at people under my mask thinking that they can see it pic.twitter.com/XSebFYSuT8
— katelyn (@noitskatelyn) June 6, 2020
Misinformation Friday Five
- Tech giants must open up about the coronavirus ‘infodemic’, say EU lawmakers
- Researchers uncover six-year Russian misinformation campaign across Facebook and Reddit
- Not just nipples: how Facebook’s AI struggles to detect misinformation
- When it comes to social media moderation, reach matters
- Smart science must use social media to beat anti-vaxxers
COVID-19 Friday Five
- Trust, democracy and COVID-19: a British perspective
- How digital projections illuminate messages of hope, protest, and unity during COVID-19
- UK Health Secretary clueless about data breach at controversial GP app he publicly endorsed
- The coronavirus is shattering a generation of kids
- The pandemic claims new victims: prestigious medical journals
Work Friday Five
- A history of the home office
- Fixing email: Spike says they’ll turn your inbox into a ‘powerhouse of collaboration’ while Hey says “the Hey way” is a simplified, potent reintroduction of email.
- Lockdown has brought in new ways of working. They are here to stay
- How to increase collaborative productivity in a pandemic
- Sustaining employee networks in the virtual workplace
Tech Friday Five
- How fair is Zoom justice?
- Does my algorithm have a mental health problem?
- The FDA just approved the first prescription video game — it’s for kids with ADHD
- Big tech companies back away from selling facial recognition to police. That’s progress.
- How to get the most out of Signal and encrypted chat
Social Media Friday Five
- Instagram is inspecting its algorithm and policies for bias against black users
- Share power: how social media is exposing racism and police brutality
- Councils often ignore residents on social media. How can digital platforms ensure they have a say in planning?
- Facebook rejects calls to pay Australian media companies for news content
- What is Elite TikTok?
Sydney Business Insights – The Future This Week Podcast
This week: #VanLife during the pandemic, going cashless and no more facial recognition. Sandra Peter (Sydney Business Insights) and Kai Riemer (Digital Disruption Research Group) meet once a week to put their own spin on news that is impacting the future of business in The Future, This Week.
The stories this week
Other stories we bring up