How Sagan’s Razor Can Help With Extraordinary DEI Claims

When you’re doing Inclusion work, people are going to say things that seem convincing.

Find out about a scientific principle to protect you from being deceived.

Here’s some key topics covered from this episode:

– Understanding Sagan’s Razor

– How to apply Sagan’s Razor in evaluating diversity and inclusion initiatives

– Practical steps to ensure your inclusion strategies are evidence-based and effective

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Here’s some key takeaways from this episode: 

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence

“Sagan’s Razor is named after legendary astrophysicist Carl Sagan. It can be summarised by this sentence.”

This is aligned with our evidence-based inclusion practice

“A “razor” is a principle or rule of thumb that helps you make better decisions because it eliminates unlikely explanations or hypotheses.”

Always ask if the evidence is strong enough for your purposes

“Here are 6 questions to ask when people talk about Inclusion”

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The Elements of Inclusion #4

Leaders must collaborate innovatively to leverage cultural expertise and drive business performance.

  • Why inclusive outcomes are driven by innovation
  • How developing a business case for diversity and inclusion specific to your organisation is a competitive advantage
  • Why novelty is at the heart of your inclusion journey

The Elements of Inclusion #3

Leaders must establish systems to ensure that everyone shares the same advantages and benefits. These processes will create incentives for inclusive behaviours.

  • How to augment your team with the tools and insights they need to prevent structural disadvantage
  • Why reinforcing generative norms ensures everyone belongs in the organisation
  • How inclusive representations can be embedded to promote an inclusive culture

The Elements of Inclusion #2

Leaders must redefine career development relationships to support inclusive performance.
  • Why traditional mentor relationships must be revised for an inclusive workplace
  • How leaders must embrace networks of developmental relationships for individual growth
  • Why established workplace norms must evolve for inclusion in the modern workplace

The Elements of Inclusion #1

Leaders must properly socialise people and socialise inclusive ideas by providing an environment for the cultural learning needed for an active role in an inclusive organisation

  • How your socialisation processes must evolve to encourage the sustainable cultivation of inclusive competencies
  • Why Leaders must consistently negotiate the line between organisational commitment and personal authenticity to promote performance
  • How developing intersectional self awareness can help leaders to leverage individual employee experiences