Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Expand Your Radius

Remember this video:

 (If you haven't seen the video, make sure you do before you read on!)

Let's that a moment to focus on the personal conditions talked about in the "Margin" video.

In "3 Kinds of Bias That Shape Your Worldview, meterologist Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd shares his perspectives on those personal conditions which affect our understanding. Dr. Shepherd contends we box ourselves into a corner through belief systems, biases, literacy, and misinformation.

"We all struggle with perceiving something outside of our experience level." - J. Marshall Shepherd
Wildland Fire Leadership Challenge - Digging a Little Deeper

What can you do to expand your radius of understanding? Dr. Shepherd suggests three steps:

1. Take inventory of your own biases. 
  • Confirmation Bias - finding evidence to confirm our existing beliefs
  • Dunning-Kruger - thinking we know more than we do
  • Cognitive Dissonance - new information contradicting our existing beliefs
  • Literacy and Misinformation
2. Evaluate your sources.

3. Speak out. (Embrace your fallibility. Make things right.)

About the Author: Pam McDonald is a writer/editor for BLM Wildland Fire Training and Workforce Development and member of the NWCG Leadership Subcommittee. The expressions are those of the author.

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