TRAINING: Brown Eyes Blue Eyes
Participants will take part in a short version of the internationally known brown eyes blue eyes exercise. Brown Eyes Blue Eyes is an exercise in discrimination, originally developed by Jane Elliott, a US American teacher from Iowa in 1968.
The exercise will be conducted by Seyda Buurman-Kutsal who is educated and certified by Jane Elliott herself and has successfully educated people from different backgrounds, different countries and different professional settings in business, GO and NGO’s. She will be assisted by Sabine Sommer and Jürgen Schlicher.
The exercise helps participants understand their own perspectives of influence and power in the democratic systems in order to reflect and open a dialogue based on these reflections. Therefore participation is useful for those who are responsible for and are interested in creating and maintaining an environment in which diversity is valued.
In the microcosmos that the exercise creates, participants will have the opportunity to broaden their understanding of systematic nature of oppression, and its impact on our relationship with each other and with ourselves. The perspective of braveness in the changing political world will be questioned and emotionally felt.
In addition there will be input, discussion of dvd materials, large group discussion, opportunities to share experience and time for participants to consider ways to use their own power and influence to take the diversity agenda forward positively. Buurman-Kutsal explores with the audience the problems of racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, and ethnocentrism and the responsibility shared by all of us for illuminating them in and eliminating them from ourselves and our environment.
Participants will be able to:
- gain insight of the structure of systemic racism and discrimination and their effects on society and individuals next tot the effects on professionals
- gain insight of influence of power relations on the anatomy of prejudice, the personal role and responsibility within
- discrimination and polarization. causes and ways to execute
- neurological frameworks for prejudice and influence
- bias effects, belongingness hypothesis, group think bystander effect and other sociopsychological processes
- gain insight of the existing film materials of trainings concept
Participation in this workshop can lead to stressful experiences. Experiences that minorities can experience in everyday situations. In the contrary to real life, the workshop will be assisted by professional trainers to make the experience effective and insightful instead of damaging.