Change My View: Moral Foundations Theory and You

Anyone who doesn't agree with me is wrong and not just wrong, but morally repugnant and evil.

What do you think? Is it really likely that everyone that disagrees with you is somehow a monster? Or perhaps it's something else...

Over the last few years we've seen a lot of viewpoint polarization. But why does this happen? And what does this tell us about our approaches to Agile?

In this session we'll look at Moral Foundations Theory and how what we value and hold dear can influence our views on an issue.

We'll also play a game developed at the Agile Games conference based on this framework that will challenge you to take yourself out of your normal comfort zone and see the world from another perspective.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

The session will begin with an overview of Moral Foundations Theory and examining the work of Jonathan Haidt.

We'll then examine how those moral foundations affect political views and consider how those foundations may affect our approaches to Agile and what this means for the organizations we work with.

We'll then play an exercise that randomly assigns players a moral foundation to debate from and an issue for them to discuss so that they can experience what it is like to approach issues from a different moral perspective.

Learning Outcome

An undstanding of Moral Foundations Theory

Understanding how it influences our style of communication

How we may need to adjust our approach based on our audience

How to understand each other better by understanding those that hold different values

Target Audience

Those wishing to challenge their own way of thinking

Prerequisite

An open mind willing to be challenged

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