Book Club Morning Meetings

Book Club Morning Meetings take place on the third Thursday of the month in December, February, and May, from 8:30 to 10:00 AM.

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People
by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald

I know my own mind.I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way.

These self-perceptions are challenged by leading psychologists Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald as they explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality.

“Blindspot” is the authors’ metaphor for the portion of the mind that houses hidden biases. Writing with simplicity and verve, Banaji and Greenwald question the extent to which our perceptions of social groups—without our awareness or conscious control—shape our likes and dislikes and our judgments about people’s character, abilities, and potential.The aim of Blindspot is to explain the science in plain enough language to help well-intentioned people achieve that alignment. By gaining awareness, we can adapt beliefs and behavior and “outsmart the machine” in our heads so we can be fairer to those around us. Venturing into this book is an invitation to understand our own minds.

AVACA members will receive a copy of the book at the beginning of the program year.

Previous books covered in AVACA Book Club include:

  1. Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
  2. 365 Ideas for Recruiting, Retaining, Motivating, and Rewarding Your Volunteers by Sunny Fader
  3. 101 Biggest Mistakes Nonprofits Make And How You Can Avoid Them by Andrew Olsen
  4. The New Breed: Understanding and Equipping the 21st Century Volunteer by Jonathan and Thomas McKee
  5. Ask for More: 10 Questions to Negotiate Anything by Alexandra Carter
  6. The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People by Gary Champman and Paul White