You could have heard a pin drop, as one of the few people of color in the room voiced her truth – that, in fact, ‘those things’ had happened to her. In her company. With others in the room.
Respecting the fact that everyone is at their own place in terms of experience with biased treatment and/or awareness of small, micro-behaviors that contribute to less-than-inclusive work cultures, we were able to engage with our audience in a way that allowed for some significant truth-telling.
Part of this engagement was through the VR immersion, Through My Eyes. The immersion is powerful, and allows individual contributors, managers and leaders to have a shared experience that is proximal, yet not of their own space. This shared experience, which gives them each an opportunity to focus on that which is most curious, provides an opening to related story-telling about what happens inside the non-VR walls of the client in question.
My thanks to Dr. Randal Pinkett and Dr. Chris Jones for partnering with me on this work. If you want to learn more about the range of formats we can offer for Through My Eyes, please let us know. We’d be happy to get on a call or web conference to explore options with you.
Red Fern and BCT Partners are thrilled with the results of this, and with this particular project that has played out over the last 9 weeks. The experience sharing online, the learning trios meeting post-workshop, the readings, videos, gatherings, and explorations that have ensued are hugely gratifying to witness.