The End of Bias is a transformative, groundbreaking exploration into how we can eradicate unintentional bias and discrimination, the great challenge of our age.
Unconscious bias: persistent, unintentional prejudiced behavior that clashes with our consciously held beliefs. We know that it exists, to corrosive and even lethal effect. We see it in medicine, the workplace, education, policing, and beyond. But when it comes to uprooting our prejudices, we still have far to go.
With nuance, compassion, and ten years' immersion in the topic, Jessica Nordell weaves gripping stories with scientific research to reveal how minds, hearts, and behaviors change. She scrutinizes diversity training, deployed across the land as a corrective but with inconsistent results. She explores what works and why: the diagnostic checklist used by doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital that eliminated disparate treatment of men and women; the preschool in Sweden where teachers found ingenious ways to uproot gender stereotyping; the police unit in Oregon where the practice of mindfulness and specialized training has coincided with a startling drop in the use of force.
Captivating, direct, and transformative, The End of Bias: A Beginning brings good news. Biased behavior can change; the approaches outlined here show how we can begin to remake ourselves and our world.
Includes illustrated charts
"Thoughtful . . . rousing . . . As the author explains, overcoming internalised bias isn’t a matter of flipping a mental switch; it is a lifelong process of constantly questioning our deeply held beliefs. None of us is immune."
"A gripping survey of the science of prejudice against the backdrop of racial and gender discrimination."
"Forthright . . . [The End of Bias: A Beginning] challenges readers to work to eliminate their individual biases, inviting them to embrace compassion and empathy . . . Nordell expertly lays out the problems with the status quo—a crucial step in working towards change."
"In this highly engaging and well-researched book, Jessica Nordell weaves together a cogent blend of neuroscience and social science to explain the pervasiveness of unconscious bias and, most importantly, what we can do about it. Full of real-life examples and evidence-based interventions, The End of Bias: A Beginning demonstrates that change is possible. In need of some hope? Start here!”
—Beverly Daniel Tatum, author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race
"Despite revolutions in our understanding of bias, we’re still much better at documenting the problem than solving it. When it comes to prevention and cure, Jessica Nordell’s powerful book is a breakthrough. With state-of-the-art science and gripping narratives, she reveals what concrete steps individuals, groups, and institutions can take to fight prejudice.”
—Adam Grant, author of Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know and host of the TED podcast WorkLife
"The End of Bias: A Beginning is a personal testament not only to the fiery mind of Jessica Nordell but to her heart’s yearning for a world in which equity and justice prevail. It is a reckoning with the tools of our time in confronting the problem of our time.”
—Kao Kalia Yang, author of Somewhere in the Unknown World: A Collective Refugee Memoir
"In an age of snap judgments and empty moralizing, The End of Bias: A Beginning is a salve and a lifeboat. Nordell accompanies her incredible depth of research with the kind of attention to nuance, self-examination, and genuine compassion that marks the difference between information and wisdom. This book will not just make you want to be a better person—it will convince you that others can be better, too, all while patiently lighting the way forward.”
—Jenny Odell, author of How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy