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.
I’m always thrilled to see how participants respond to data from psychometric tools. Granted, even the best of these should only be taken as a momentary snapshot of input into a questionnaire. But as far as comparisons with larger data sets of people in one’s own demographic (work experience, industry, education level, etc.), and with good scicence-based frameworks underpinning these, the level of introspection and questioning that results is powerful.
Participants in the beta test of Through My Eyes had these kinds of reactions – curious, intense, emotional and familiar.
We are thrilled to partner with BCT Partners, who are on a mission to create a diverse and equitable society, and Research Triangle Institute, a research institution dedicated to improving the human condition. What happens when you mix learning design with immersive technology, diversity and inclusion context, and data collection expertise? You have a new opportunity for data-driven discussions and personalized action-planning related to creating a more diverse and equitable society. The human condition is improved – at least a bit.
I want to thank, in particular, Dr. Randal Pinkett, CEO of BCT Partners for his expertise, energy and enthusiasm; Dr. Lucas Blair, for his ‘anything is possible’ attitude and team commitment (Ms. Heather Wiggins, product portfolio manager and Ms. Kellie Jones, programmer extraordinaire); Mr. Mike Cuales, CEO of LEVR studios for his genuine blend of humor, humility and deep technical expertise; and our pilot participants for giving us the feedback we needed, and for proving the power of the immersion.
And now, we are starting to go on the road. Interested? Contact us here.
I am very excited to announce our collaborative work with BCT Partners and the first version of the virtual reality immersion for revealing and confronting unconscious bias: Through My Eyes. This version tackles some very common and prevalent examples of gender, race and age bias.
This is the second in a little series I’m putting together around Red Fern’s venture into the application of virtual reality immersions for better understanding (and personal action for change) of diversity, inclusion and belonging.