The other day, I read a short piece by a software engineer named Makinde Adeagbo, on "Racial Fault Lines in Silicon Valley." The whole thing is an interesting read, but really jumped out at me were the suggestions on how to bring different perspectives into a conversation. I particularly liked this:
Have a Learning Mindset. I have a different set of experiences than you. I am likely going to say things that aren’t supported by your experiences; your reality. That’s okay. It doesn’t mean that I’m wrong. Nor does it mean that you’re wrong. It means that you’re going to have to learn more about me to understand why I’m saying what I’m saying. Don’t try to figure out what’s right and wrong. Stay in a learning mindset.
"Stay in a learning mindset" seems like great advice for a lot of situations.