Mindbridge News & Events
Enroll Today! Mindbridge Presents February 2018 Implicit Bias Training: Open Enrollment for Human Rights Defenders
Mindbridge Invited To Present and Work With The European Union Agency For Fundamental Rights
January 23-24, 2018
Mindbridge is excited to present and work with The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) this upcoming January, at The Human Rights Communicator’s Leadership Seminar in Vienna, Austria.
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is the EU’s centre of fundamental rights expertise. It is one of the EU’s decentralized agencies. These agencies are set up to provide expert advice to the institutions of the EU and the Member States on a range of issues. The Agency helps to ensure that the fundamental rights of people living in the EU are protected.
Mindbridge Invited to Speak at OSCE Office for Democratic Insitutions and Human Rights Event
Wednesday, December 5, 2017
Mindbridge is honored to present at ODIHR’s event Human Rights Communication 2.0 in Budapest, Hungary. Speakers from various backgrounds will share their experiences in communications and human rights, to inspire human rights defenders and provide them with important insights into how they can communicate more effectively about their work using a variety of digital tools. A panel discussion will conclude each block of talks. Panelists will explore some of the latest developments in communication human rights defenders should be aware of. Mindbridge will present on the psychology and neurobiology of bias and communication.
Mindbridge Founder Invited to Speak at the Online Tools Expert Meeting
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Mindbridge founder and director, Laura Ligouri, will speak at the 2017 Online Expert Meeting taking place in Berlin, Germany this October the 18th. In collaboration with the Office of Democratic Institutions & Human Rights (ODIHR) & the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Berlin, Germany, Ms. Ligouri will present a lecture focused on bias and social media.
Mindbridge Invited to Speak at the 2017 Maine Philanthropy Center Funders Forum
Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 8:30am
Mindbridge has been invited to present at The Maine Philanthropy Center’s annual Funders Forum entitled: “Building Our Muscle for Funder Effectiveness” this November in Portland, Maine. The presentation will share insights on the most up-to-date data on diversity, equity and inclusion, thereby laying a foundation as to why increased efforts on equity work are needed now more than ever. The psychological and neurobiological exploration of our decision-making processes and how implicit processes impact the public good will also be discussed. Interventions and ways to mitigate bias, followed by discussions on the future direction of implicit bias work in the foundation sector will be additional topics shared.
Mindbridge Founder Giving Lecture at Data Innovation Center in Portland, Maine
Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 5:00pm
Nonprofits throughout Maine are tackling some of the most difficult topics of our time: human rights, social justice, racial equity, immigration, health care, education and beyond irrespective of the individual mission, many nonprofits have one thing in common: their unique efforts to affect the psychological landscape of the individuals with whom they come into contact with. This is great! And hard, because in addition to the historical, structural, and socio-political realms that nonprofits must engage with every day lies the internal landscape of our mental and neurobiological reality, the implicit realm. Why is this implicit realm important for nonprofit professionals to consider during program planning, implementation and evaluation?
How might implicit bias impact the way in which individuals choose to engage with a program? How could implicit bias influence the way someone answers a question on a survey? How do we begin to account for implicit bias in our work and assessment efforts?
This brief workshop will provide an introduction on the psychological and neurobiological foundations of implicit bias by discussing how the brain guides the way we perceive others. With a focus on social justice and racial equity efforts, this interactive session aims to increase awareness of how unconscious perceptions of “Us” vs “Them” impact programming design, participation and effect. We will discuss assessment pitfalls to look out for and ways in which nonprofits can begin to integrate and engage with the implicit realm.
Mindbridge is pleased to welcome our new Program Manager, Kate Evans!
Kate holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Albany, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the Catholic University of America. Kate’s professional experience as a clinical counselor has allowed her to harness the power of psychological neuroscience and evidence based practices to help treat individuals, families and groups suffering from complex trauma, depression and anxiety. A passion central to her counseling work encompasses the neurobiological underpinnings, causes and treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. As the program manager at Mindbridge, Kate is inspired and motivated to elucidate the complex psychological sciences in order for all to access its benefits.
Her previous laboratory research experience has entailed studying the implicit and explicit memory systems of cognitive aging populations. Kate has both local and global interests in volunteering. She has spent time with long-term service projects in India, Thailand and Nepal, as well as engaging in local short-term projects with Habitat for Humanity, Take Action Portland, and the Trauma Intervention Program of Maine. As she utilizes a solution focused, evidence based approach to growth and increased consciousness within the individual psyche, she is passionate and driven to bring about similar changes to global consciousness by advocating for Mindbridge’s platform and mission.
Join The Brainstorm! - Mindbridge presents at IDEAS BostonIDEAS UMass Boston brings you provocative and inspiring talks by some of this region’s leading thinkers. Join the brainstorm on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 with Mindbridge founder and director, Laura Ligouri. Laura will discuss the psychological and neurobiological underpinnings of discrimination and bias, with an eye towards data-driven intervention design – in particular, videogames.
Mindbridge Founder Invited to Games For Change EuropeMindbridge founder and director, Laura Ligouri, was invited to speak at the 2016 Games for Change – Europe festival taking place in Paris June 9-10. Under the title ‘Immigration, Integration, and Self-Esteem Restoration: The Power of Videogames’ the G4CE Festival aimes to inspire the video game industry to help find solutions to tackle one of the most important issues of the century. Ms. Ligouri will presentat a lecture entitled, “Understanding the rider and the elephant: psychological and neurobiological insight into bias, discrimination, videogame design and assessment.”
Mindbridge partners with the Office of Democratic Institutions & Human Rights
Mindbridge is honored to partner with the OSCE Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to create:
“Meeting of Experts – Human Rights Education in the Digital Age”
Monday, December 19th and Tuesday, December 20th 2016
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
The meeting will bring together IT and Communications Experts, Human Rights Education Experts and Academia with the aim to offer a platform for discussion on the current challenges in terms of achieving Human Rights Education (HRE) objectives as set by the United Nation World Programme for Human Rights Education and the Council of Europe Charter on Citizenship and Human Rights Education; brainstorm on potential solutions to promote HRE among young people and educators by using information technology, social media and other digital communication solutions; and compile a list of tools and communication options that OSCE/ ODIHR and its partners could realize as follow up to the meeting of experts.