Finding steady ground. Cognitive bias cheat sheet – Better Humans. Great, how am I supposed to remember all of this?
You don’t have to. But you can start by remembering these four giant problems our brains have evolved to deal with over the last few million years (and maybe bookmark this page if you want to occasionally reference it for the exact bias you’re looking for): Information overload sucks, so we aggressively filter. Noise becomes signal.Lack of meaning is confusing, so we fill in the gaps. Signal becomes a story.Need to act fast lest we lose our chance, so we jump to conclusions. In order to avoid drowning in information overload, our brains need to skim and filter insane amounts of information and quickly, almost effortlessly, decide which few things in that firehose are actually important and call those out. In order to construct meaning out of the bits and pieces of information that come to our attention, we need to fill in the gaps, and map it all to our existing mental models.
Sounds pretty useful! Syllabus for White People to Educate Themselves. So You Want to Wear a Safety Pin. Great.
This is a necessary behavior in the face of the election of the most overtly racist, sexist, xenophobic, anti- gender and sexual minority candidate in the history of the modern United States. Politicizing Self-Care and Wellbeing in Our Activism as Women Human Rights Defenders. © We Are Here - courtesy Photoshare Politicizing Self-Care and Wellbeing in Our Activism as Women Human Rights Defenders | By Verónica Vidal and Susan Tolmay Stress, burn out, uncontrollable emotional outbursts, depression, anxiety, migraines and cancer, are some of the effects that human rights defense work has on WHRDs around the world, and the ones that often make them quit their important work.
AWID spoke with Jessica Horn, Senior Advisor for the African Institute for Integrated Responses to Violence Against Women and HIV/AIDS (AIR) about the politics of self-care and well being for women human rights defenders (WHRDs). AWID: Based on your experience, can you tell us about the political importance of wellbeing and self-care in the lives of WHRDs? Boundary Setting vs Tone Policing - Brute Reason. Lately I’ve been disturbed by the tendency among many progressive folks to conflate boundary setting with tone policing.
When I tell people that I have a very strong preference not to be yelled at or called names, they say, “But isn’t that kind of tone policing?” If it is, then I’ll have to admit to tone policing, because being able to set boundaries in my own space is important enough to me to risk pissing people off. In fact, as anyone who sets boundaries with any regularity knows, it’s a surefire way to piss people off no matter what kind of boundaries they are. What empowerment is. Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex. An Indigenous perspective & provocation.
Printable version available here. (PDF | 3.3MB)Print friendly cover w/corrections here. (PDF | 3.2MB) This provocation is intended to intervene in some of the current tensions around solidarity/support work as the current trajectories are counter-liberatory from my perspective. Special thanks to DS in Phoenix for convos that lead to this ‘zine and all those who provided comments/questions/disagreements.
The ally industrial complex has been established by activists whose careers depend on the “issues” they work to address. Global Development Professionals Network. “Hi.
I’m just calling because I’m looking for some more information about helping or aiding the local youths of North America. I really hear that obesity is a huge problem over there ... ” This is the opening line from the video If Voluntourists Talked About North America, a video launched last week to kick off the End Humanitarian Douchery campaign. Saying 'Neckbeard' Isn't Hurtful in the Way You Think – Why We Need to Drop This Insult. (At the top of the cartoon, large cartoon-style letters spell out “NECKBEARD.”
Each letter is growing stubble hairs out of its lowest third.) (Behind all the panels is a large drawing of a fat person, mostly in darkness. The person has an exaggerated neck, and has stubble covering their lip, chin, and neck.) Panel 1 (BARRY – a fat white man with glasses, pulled-back hair in a ponytail, and a t-shirt with an exclamation point on it, is speaking directly to the reader. CAPTION: What’s a “Neckbeard?” BARRY: Maybe you’ve never heard the word “neckbeard.” The Problem with Callout Culture. My name is Kitty Stryker, and I’m a nerd.
I’m a lot of other things too, of course. I’m a freelance writer and blogger who has been typing out my opinions and critiques for years. I’m an adult performer. I’m a marketing consultant who’s worked on projects ranging from a soap opera cop show to an indie porn company. All of my jobs have involved me spending a fair amount of time on the Internet. 6 Signs Your Call-Out Isn't Actually About Accountability.