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Dialogue Evening: Gender equity - exploring unconcious bias

  • Impact Hub Zürich - Viadukt Bogen D 93 Viaduktstrasse Bogen D 8005 Zürich Switzerland (map)

Exploring unconcious bias

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"I ask myself....How can we, without judgement, come to understand the unconscious gender bias that is ingrained in most of us?"

Please note that there will only be 15 spots in this dialogue, so dont wait to reserve your spot! Also note that the Dialogue will be bilingual (german and english)

This is the question we want to explore in this dialogue, that goes deep into the topic of Gender Equity, and to explore it amongst a diverse group of individuals. We wish to have a conversation where we ask the more difficult question, and open up to talk about the true assumptions, ambiguities, experiences and questions we have regarding our very own patterns, roles, identities, limitations, expectations related to gender.

As a participant you can expect a space for exchange, for learning and for connection. A space where our main focus is to experience and learn from being in the question and in the dialogue itself, rather than on finding answers and produce tangible solutions as fast as possible.

What is a Dialogue Evening?
Dialogue Evenings are 3 hour exchange and conversation, designed to create an authentic, safe and inclusive space in which we enable conversations between a diverse group of people (who would not usually meet) to explore deep connections and new ways of viewing the problems we as individuals or as a collective are facing.
Dialogue Evenings shift the conversations we usually have around difficult, complex and sometimes ambiguous topics, by approaching topics not from a place of debate & problem solving but from a place that explores opinions, experiences, views and questions on a deeper level, to understand their systemic nature.

What questions drive this invitation?
Is this a straight forward problem? Or is there another place we need to start this conversation from?
Is it clear who is the prosecutor and who is the perpetrator in this problem?
What is behind it, when even a declared feminist, realises to have a strong unconscious bias favouring men over women in the work life? Do we all have moments where we unintentionally discriminate a person because of her gender? And what can we learn from these moments? We have all been raised in this culture. How can we, without judgements, come to understand he unconscious gender bias that is ingrained in most of us?

Dont hesitate to reach out to sidsel for any questions :

We have already hosted a previous dialogue evening on the 8th of Nov 2018, and many interesting questions came out. Those we would like to build on for the next Dialogue:

  • How much of me is my personal history?

  • Why am I so interested in this topic?

  • How would mindfulness and self-awareness influence unconscious bias & gender inequality?

  • How does having a bias actually affect our lives?

  • How does biology fit into gender equality?

  • What unconscious bias do we have about unconscious bias itself?

  • How can we „switch on“ the unconscious bias radar on our daily thinking?

  • How can we actively detect our unconscious bias in our daily life and in the way we express ourselves?

  • How can we talk about solving the unconscious bias without being attached to talking about the negative impact?

  • Why does every discussion go back to the „mistakes“ women do or the fact that men (and other groups) are also discriminated?

  • Why do we often assume that women need to adapt instead of men/society?

  • Do we talk enough about the unconscious bias, also outside of a protected area?

  • What are the reasons for unconscious bias and should we care about them?

  • What role has biology and history to play in the generation of unconscious biases?

  • Are we talking about equality or equity?

  • How can I raise awareness in my surroundings about biases? Where do I have blind spots? How do I discover them? How can I actively change them?

  • What is a concrete action in my life to be less blind?

  • How can we (m/w) better share responsibilities?

  • What decision-making process can help us be more unbiased?

  • Why, even though I know the way I think is „wrong“, I can’t change the way I feel about something?

  • How can I use dialogue more in everyday life?