[lf_keyvisual headline=”Occtopus” subheadline=”Do you want your children
to grow up without biases?
Join us on this journey!” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Focctopus.de%2Fen%2Fgames%2F|title:Games||” link_text=”Join now”]
[lf_people_content point_1=”Children learn biases at a very early age. These put them at a disadvantage in their interactions with others and can manifest in discrimination, harassment, homophobia and racism.” point_2=”Occtopus counteracts this development and educates children in dealing with diversity and inequalities before prejudices become fixed in their thought patterns.” point_3=”Occtopus offers games instead of stiff structures and encourages parents to question their own behavior. This is how a culture of respect can arise.”]
[lf_approach headline=”Our approach” text=”Let’s counter biases based on race, gender, or sexual orientation! Let´s reduce stereotypes!” point1=”Sustainable” point2=”Scalable” point3=”Accessible”]

Are we born with bias?

We are not born with racial preferences or stereotypes, but we are definitely born with the capacity to learn them. We absorb them long before we understand what we are doing.

This is partly why it’s so difficult for people to unlearn stereotypes. We have been absorbing stereotypes since our early childhood. Some of them are so ingrained, we don’t even realize they exist:

Let’s break prejudices

[lf_childhood headline=”It starts in the childhood…” point1_h=”Gender” point1=”Children learn which social categories are important by observing their environments and often being confrontation with a cognitive Puzzle to solve” point2_h=”Race” point2=”They collect Information from the world around them in order to actively construct their own beliefs” point3_h=”Orientation” point3=”In other words, children pick up the ways in which whiteness, heterosexuality, male domination, thin body size and many more is normalized and privileged”]
[lf_quote quote=”Occtopus mission is to achieve equity by making unconscious biases conscious in order to change our perception for a better tomorrow” quote_headline=”Mission” quote_headline_1=”Mission” quote_1=”Occtopus’ mission is to achieve equity by making unconscious biases conscious in order to change our perception for a better tomorrow”]
[lf_process headline=”Vicious cycle of unconscious bias evolution and entrenchment” point1=”Child observes the environment where the world is structured in social categories” point2=”Child develops stereotypes by making own conclusions” point3=”Establishes biases that lead to unfair behavior” point4=”Develops self-image of “not being racist“ due to social norm and lack of open conversation” point5=”Biases remain undetected and unconscious”]
[lf_quote_person quote=”The sooner we teach our children that discrimination and racism do not lead to peace and deep happiness, the better. What Occtopus creates is long overdue. It is time that our society changes which is why I support Occtopus 100% – we are all the same!” name=”Daniel Aminati”]
[lf_img_text headline=”Currently not enough parents talk to their children about diversity” point1_h=”Only 10%” point1=”of parents discuss race often with their children” point2_h=”35%” point2=”of all parents surveyed said they never talk to their children about social class” point3_h=”57%” point3=”of all parents said they rarely or never talk about gender with their kids. These conversations are less likely to happen with younger children. Less than a third of parents of 3- to 5-year-old kids discuss race and ethnicity sometimes or often”]
[lf_poc headline=”Our Principles” point1=”Based on scientific knowledge” point2=”Fair Play” point3=”Iterative approach” point4=”Transparency & openness” point5=”Diverse teams” point6=”Continuous improvement”]
[lf_workshop headline=”Workshops & Interaction” subheadline=”At Occtopus, we host Workshops for kids and parents as well as for companies in order to reduce unconscious bias.” video_button=”Play video” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Focctopus.de%2Fen%2Fcontact%2F|title:Contact||” link_text=”Get in touch”]
[lf_game_card headline=”Job Puzzle” subheadline=”Assign jobs to the characters” arg_1=”Focus stereotypes” arg_2=”Social roles” arg_3=”Estimated Time: 15 min” class=”game-card-blue job-game” lf_text=”With the Job Puzzle we want to recognize the effect of stereotypes and bias on the child’s perception of social roles

Focus on typical stereotypes and prejudices that are reflected in the child´s answer as well as its certainty on their answers (e.g., only a certain gender or skin color is selected for low- or high-income professions).”][lf_game_card headline=”Matchmaker” subheadline=”Match the couples” arg_1=”Effect of stereotypes and bias” arg_2=”Couples” arg_3=”Estimated Time: 5-10 min” class=”job-game matchmaker” lf_text=”The goal of this game is to recognize the effect of stereotypes and bias on the child’s perception of social norms on romantic constellations

Focus on typical stereotypes and prejudices that are reflected in the child’s answer as well as its certainty on their answers”][lf_game_card headline=”Ball Game” subheadline=”Throw a ball” arg_1=”Focus stereotypes” arg_2=”Stereotypes” arg_3=”Estimated Time: 5 min” class=”job-game ball-game” lf_text=”The goal of this game is to make gender-based stereotypes in the child´s worldview visible

Focus on the behavior and see if the child shows distinct behavior on purpose, e.g., does not throw as far in one situation than in the other or makes additional noises”]

[lf_quote modus=”lf-quote-slider” stars=”stars” logo_2=”rose” logo_3=”wellster” quote=”I am a mother of two children aged 5 and 7 and can highly recommend this training. First of all my kids truly enjoyed all the exercises and we spent a fun afternoon doing these. In the actual session I had many eye opening moments about the biases of my kids and honestly myself. I had a meaningful discussion with my kids afterwards and keep having these lessons learned in mind while parenting. I can highly recommend for everyone to attend, the trainers are very knowledgeable but also down to earth, fun and very likeable and I really enjoyed attending.” quote_headline=”Daniela Westphalen

Senior HR Consultant and mother” quote_headline_2=”ZurRoseGroup” quote_2=”“Great example of how diversity can be perceived positively and negatively“ “Emre and Anja do a great job. It’s the first time in my career that I hear the discussions that we are having this week in a professional context and I feel it is super important to keep developing these types of initiatives.“” quote_headline_3=”Martin MangiapiaHead of PR” quote_3=”“As a pioneer in telemedicine, we wanted to set an example for diversity and inclusivity not only in terms of customer communication but also internally. Emre and Anja supported our employees in this and even literally inspired them – people are still enthusiastic about a fantastic workshop.“”]