Traditional demographic categories alone are not the only cause of the intense cultural battles we’re experiencing within society. Hidden beneath our demographic and cultural dimensions like race, gender, nationality, sexual identity, and national origin lie potent Identity Influencers comprising our competing worldviews, ideologies, narratives, and belief systems and movements. Due to their abstract nature, we usually overlook them, but they have a formidable impact on who we are and what’s happening in our society.
Identity Calculators are a core component of the Identity Intelligence Lab.
The Calculators help you understand why different worldviews come to different conclusions about how to answer vital questions such as: Who has a legitimate voice within a society? What structures, systems, and moral values should govern society? Who has protected rights, deserves corrective remedies, and enjoys special privileges? Your organization and community are answering these questions everytime you make decisions that relate to identity.
The Identity Calculators help you know where you’re coming from so you can temporarily set aside your viewpoint while you focus on recognizing and interpreting the many Identity Influencers represented by your stakeholders. Recognition of where you and your stakeholders stand on the Identity Calculators will help you make informed decisions. Use the Identity Calculators to:
- Pinpoint where you are on the Identity Influencers, so you’re not operating unconsciously or in a vacuum
- Invite your colleagues into a conversation that assess how the differences in your colleagues’ points of view can help your team by representing the range of Identity Influencers held by your stakeholders or are you so similar that your team is at risk
- Assess where your stakeholders stand in a real-time issue before you make an important decision related to a hyper-sensitive identity issue
- Get a handle on what is driving a real-time crisis, so you get to the root of the conflict and develop a realistic response strategy.
Worldview — People have different worldviews depending on where and when they grew up. Using the Worldview Calculator will help you uncover aspects of your worldview. When you are aware of your worldview, you can recognize and navigate the worldviews of others and focus on values that reinforce our shared humanity such as empathy, compromise, and collaboration.
Ideology —From the root word “idea,” ideologies are powerful ideas that we develop about reality and our own existence. They shape customs, behavior, politics, economics, society, religion and personal interactions. Calculating your ideologies can help you clarify your beliefs, behavior and interpersonal relations and can help you negotiate and navigate ideological conflicts at home, work and in your community.
Belief Systems — Everyone has a different set of cultural beliefs. The lens that a person uses to look at cultural issues such as race, ethnicity and cultural identity affects what they see, how they interpret what they see, and the actions they take. Using the Belief Systems calculator will help you understand your cultural beliefs and the cultural beliefs of others.
Core Values — The things that you value the most are your “core values.” They are instilled by our parents, communities, governments, media institutions and genetic predisposition. They inform what matters most to you and influence how you spend your time and energy. Discovering your core values will help you clarify your motivations and desires and make more informed decisions.
Narratives — We all tell ourselves stories about our lives and our identity. These stories shape who we are, political and religious views and relationships with others and society. Using the Narratives Calculator will help you identify these personal narratives, demystify your approach to life, and avoid narratives that keep you from thinking creatively, collaborating and coexisting with others.
Social Movements — Contemporary social and political movements are a crucial part of identity in the modern age. Movements such as Me Too, Religious Liberty, LGBTQ rights, and Black Lives Matter impact you, your friends, your employees and your organization. Identifying the movements that you or your organization are facing will help you navigate them productively and positively.
Personal Identity Priorities — Personal identity is how you see yourself and express your individuality and it’s at the heart of everything you do. Using the Identity Priorities Calculators will help you become more aware of your personal identity and able to manage all the attitudes, beliefs, actions and reactions that arise when you interact with people from different identity groups.
Hot Buttons and Triggers — Everybody’s got hot buttons. They’re based on specific triggers related to our identity and values that cause us to react with shock and anger when someone has said or done something that we’re sensitive about. Discovering your hot buttons will help you manage them better and this can lead to better communications, trust and productivity.
Power — Power and privilege dynamics are always operating in the background of every interaction. When you are the parent, boss or dominant race, you are “Power Up,” but if you are the child, employee or minority, you are “Power Down.” Use the Power Calculator to discover your power positions and the power positions of others. It can help you influence others and form meaningful connections with people from different identity groups.
Fit Factors — “Fit” is the compatibility between employees and their organizations or between individuals and their communities. Some say it is the glue that holds an organization or community together. Using the Fit Factors Calculator will help you begin to understand the fit challenges you and colleagues face within your organization and the challenges you and your community members face within your community.