Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Building Blocks of Inspiring Everyday Heroism


It's almost ordinary when one Daily Prism search for content leads to another interesting and positive piece of news and content. A post from this week opened the window to the Heroic Imagination Project, "... a project that develops and implements research, education, corporate and public initiative to inspire and encourage everyday heroism."

From the website:

Heroic Imagination Project (HIP) defines heroism as intentional action in service to others in need or to humanity by defending a moral cause, without personal gain and with awareness of likely personal costs. Heroism is the creation of a “bright line” of morality on an issue that is defended, upheld and promoted despite pressures to do otherwise.

Heroism may involve an impulsive action, saving a life, or may be reflective, planning a course of action to oppose injustice & immorality. Heroes act against injustice and cruelty and stand up for principled values that make our society a better place for all citizens.

Heroes come in many forms, young and old, male and female, who are mostly ordinary, everyday people whose acts of heroism qualify as extraordinary. Anyone can be a hero anytime an opportunity arises to stand up for what is right and just and to speak out against injustice, corruption and other evils. Focusing on We rather than Me, they form essential links among us; they forge our Human Connection.

We have created a core program of 6 modules we call “Understanding Human Nature”. Each module contributes to the training of everyday heroes in a profound and unique way. We differ from other approaches to social change in two major ways.

The Six Modules

  1. The Bystander Effect: Transforming Passive Inaction into Heroic Actions  Help your audience overcome the social forces that can prevent them from taking action in unclear or emergency situations, and gain the skills to respond wisely and effectively.
  2. The Mindset Intervention: Replacing Fixed Mindset with Growth Mindset Help your audience shift from a fixed mindset—a belief that one cannot change one’s abilities or personal characteristics such as intelligence—
toward a growth mindset—a belief that one can improve aspects of oneself with time and effort.
  3. Enabling Social Conformity to have Positive Impact Help your audience gain an increased awareness of their automatic tendencies to conform in social situations, and replace those tendencies with healthy behaviors.
  4. Managing Stereotype Threat Effectively with Adaptive Attributions Help your audience reduce or eliminate the effects of stereotype threat and unhealthy attributions on learning and performance.
  5. Developing Situational Awareness of Authority Power Help your audience gain awareness of how group influence and situations affect decision-making, and strategies to address social situations mindfully
  6. Reversing Prejudice and Discrimination to Promote Understanding and Acceptance Help your audience gain awareness of their 
tendency to make assumptions about other people and groups, and conversely gain resilience when they experience prejudice and discrimination from others.

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