Today as the United States brings to a conclusion an extraordinarily divisive election I am, as always, thinking about how to bring people who are different together in ways that lead to greater understanding and mutual respect.
Currently, I am reading a book called Neuroscience of Inclusion: New Skills for New Times by Mary E. Casey and Shannon Murphy Robinson. Generally, I would be put off by a book with the word neuroscience in the title, not being much of a scientist myself. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to hear one of the authors of the book speak recently at an online conference that focused on intercultural issues.
The book is certainly grounded in science but the advice and guidance it provides is practical and inspiring. The focus is on how to move people from thinking in terms of “us” and “them” when interacting with people who are culturally different and moving people instead to think as an “us.”
I’ve not finished the book yet (which, by the way, is relatively short and an easy read) but even as far as I have gotten I can say I highly recommend it to anyone who works in a diverse context whether in business, education, healthcare, non-profits, or religious organizations. It is worth your time!