Lesson 1.7

Who Should Talk About Differences

Dive into this topic by watching the video, followed by key explanations below:

Key Concepts:

  • 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.