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Blog: We All Have Biases and it's Time to Acknowledge it

In a new blog post, writer Sara Grossman discusses the roots of unconscious biases and why addressing them starts with acknowledging they exist in all of us. "The brain’s capacity for snap judgement and fear-based gut reaction was developed in our evolutionary ancestors, who lived in homogeneous groups and understood anyone outside the group to be an immediate survival threat," Sara writes. However, as our social networks grew and our worlds became increasingly connected, these quick reactions became less helpful in determining what is a threat and what isn’t. Read the piece here.

Animated Explainer Video Series

Our animated explainer videos break down some of the key principles that guide our work at the Haas Institute. Follow the links below to view the videos, read transcripts of the audio, and learn more about each idea.

Bridging & Breaking
Bridging and breaking are two possible responses to the rapid changes we are facing: in demographics, technology, the environment, and globalization. A "breaking" response sees these changes as a threat to our societies and cultures while a "bridging" one sees the changes as an opportunity to enhance who we are. 

Circle of Human Concern
This video provides an overview of the traditional ways we look at space in the public and private spheres, and then offers an alternative we call the circle of human concern. Through the framework of belonging, the video explains how the spaces are divided, who has access to those spaces, and what we can do to change the dynamics so that all ​people—and not corporations—​are at the center of the circle of human concern. 

Targeted Universalism

Targeted Universalism means setting universal goals that can be achieved through targeted approaches. This approach targets the varying needs of each group while reminding us that we are all part of the same social fabric. This video explains the difference between targeted universalism and more traditional policy approaches.

Scholarship applications for 2019 Othering & Belonging Conference

We are currently accepting scholarship applications for our 2019 Othering & Belonging Conference next April in Oakland! Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The first review will occur on November 30 and every end of the month thereafter until all scholarships are awarded. There is no fee to apply for a scholarship, but a $25 processing fee will be incurred to help ensure the scholarships are utilized. All details about the Othering & Belonging scholarships can be found here.

Corporate Control of Global Food Markets a Recipe for Disaster

Our partners at RogueMark Studios who produced an animated video for our Shahidi Project website published a new blog about corporate control of our global food markets. In it, they note that a handful of transnational corporations have the power to manipulate every aspect of the food system—everything from production and distribution to labor conditions and lobbying governments and legislatures. Read the blog.

New Essay Presents Framework to Tackle Extreme Income and Wealth Inequality

"A Half Built Connected Economy" brings together years of research, collaboration, and innovative thinking by Mark Gomez and collaborators involved in the Leap Forward Project. The paper is an original analysis of the changing structure of the California economy and the principles and concepts that can guide policies toward ending extreme inequality and racial exclusion. For the last three years, the Haas Institute hosted the Leap Forward project and supported the work leading to this publication.

In The News

Rachel Morello-Frosch, Professor of Environmental Science, Policy & Management and a member of our Diversity and Health Disparities cluster, was cited in a Buzzfeed News article, "Here’s What You Should Know If You Live In California And Breathe Air." "Even though the exposure isn’t long-term, like in India and China, where it’s chronically bad...the acute effects could happen more frequently as more and more damaging fires occur in a warming world."
Beth Piatote, member of our LGBTQ Citizenship cluster, shared a book recommendation for Native American Heritage Month in an article for Berkeley Library News. "(Love Medicine) had a tremendous impact on me,” Piatote is quoted as saying. “It represented a Native world that felt familiar to me, and that was an entirely new experience.” 
Research by Emmanuel Saez was cited in an editorial from Bloomberg Opinion, "Who Gains From Growth? Let’s Get a Better Answer." Saez is a member of our Economic Disparities research cluster whose work centers on taxation, redistribution, and inequality, both from a theoretical and empirical perspective. Read the piece.
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, the critically-acclaimed book by our Senior Fellow Richard Rothstein, was cited in an opinion piece on called "Segregation in Dallas is getting worse thanks to a legacy of government policies that must be reversed."
Our director john a. powell was cited in an article on the World Economic Forum Blog by Parvathi Santhosh-Kumar, Senior Director of Impact at StriveTogether. "We must embrace john a. powell’s targeted universalism and work with community partners to create systems that work for those most burdened." 

Announcements & Events

The Haas Institute is looking to fill the following position: Find all our job openings posted on this page.
An image shows the date for the next othering and belonging conference in Oakland, on April 8-10, 2019
The next Othering & Belonging Conference will be held April 8–10, 2019 in Oakland. Registration is now open! 

See all upcoming and past events here.
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