Hooray for Dissent! Moving Beyond a Culture of Conformity
In this webinar, explore the potential value of dissent to facilitate positive change against systemic oppression in libraries, and in society at large.
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Dissent and conflict are critical components of progress and are catalysts that move individuals, institutions, and communities toward systemic change. Author Cass Sunstein writes, "Behavior that is sensible, prudent, and courteous is likely to lead individuals and societies to blunder." Librarianship, on the whole, is prone to such behavior, choosing conformity over conflict, and inertia over action. Authentic dissent in librarianship can be a catalyst to facilitate positive change against systemic oppression in libraries, and in society at large.
After viewing this webinar, participants will:
- Understand the practical value of dissent to their organizations, communities, and profession
- Assess the dissent-friendliness of their organizations
- Practice reflective techniques to test the communal value of the dissent
Presented by: Margo Gustina, Special Projects Librarian, Rural Library Service and Social Wellbeing; and Eli Guinnee, State Librarian, New Mexico State Library, co-founders of Hooray4.org.
- View Webinar Recording (You will be prompted to login to our free Course Catalog.)
- View slides (pdf)
- View chat (xls)
- View captions (txt)
- Learner Guide (doc) Use alone or with others to extend your learning.
- Hooray4.org including Dissent resources
- Conformity: The Power of Social Influences, by Cass Sunstein
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22 January 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time, North America [UTC -5]
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