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Revolutionize conflict resolution!

Strategic Initiative: Develop independently audited games designed to reduce reflex prejudice and augment diversity training.

Retraining reflex prejudice
ROTE.TRAINING™ proposes a strategic initiative for prejudice-based conflict resolution. From existing studies we infer opportunities to measure and recondition reflex prejudice. We envision diplomatic opportunities between police and minority communities where mistrust has been in the news lately. We offer to lead, participate in, or advise a group tasked with testing whether this proposal has merit.

Roots of reflex prejudice
ROTE.TRAINING™ believes that diversity training, the application of reason to resolve conflict, fails to address the roots of prejudice. Most prejudice begins with children observing and imitating their care providers. Their instant situation responses depend on reactions which kept them safe and encouraged when they were young. Once children begin their education they are challenged with ideas and reason, forcing them to try new reactions. Often, this two step process is not mastered or is bypassed during times of high stress. In our diverse communities good people are conflicted between cultural/familial training and national unity around equality. Great inspirational speeches have offered hope but few actionable paths.

Precedent for reflex training
ROTE.TRAINING™ believe that reflexes can be retrained, reducing the likelihood of mistakes when rapid decisions are required. There have been studies conducted throughout the 20th century identifying intrinsic and trained stimulus/response pairs in both humans and animals. Pavlov's experiments were extensive. The Stanford prison experiment showed what happens when you divide people and giving more power to one group. Another experiment (Richardson, Alan, Mental Imagery, New York: Springer Publishing Company, Inc., 1969) showed the power of even simple reflex retraining. Much can be achieved by retraining reflexes that cannot be achieved by reason or diversity training. Bad choices are not just due to education, emotion, philosophy, or culture. They are more driven by habitual unintended unreasoned reflex prejudice.

Reflex retraining methodology
ROTE.TRAINING™ has done preliminary experiments with a novel game-like environment. The scoring system detects stimulated reflex prejudice, rewarding its reduction with higher scores. It bypasses decision-making based on reason and aims to change people at a more fundamental level, while tracking/documenting reflex enrichment as they adapt and evolve. We see such audit documentation as a means to communicate improvements in responses to observers in a served community (such as providing community leaders and the police with mutual oversight opportunities). When police score better in the proposed games they have either successfully adapted and adopted the new and less prejudiced reflexes or they are gaming the system, yet still have less entrenched reflexes. We firmly believe that most police are good people who would be happy to improve these reflexes. We also believe that most citizens are good people seeking a more peaceful community. A "best" use of the technology would be reciprocal, with the community also documenting reduced prejudice towards police.

Strategic initiative
ROTE.TRAINING™ is ready to lead or advise on the development and deployment of games/tests which enable organizations to train and document trends of decreasing unintended reflex prejudice. Audit documents could be used to support discussions between conflicted communities. We speculate that making such reflex retraining mandatory on both sides of a conflict can have broad impact; possibly making America a new leader in conflict resolution. From a layperson's point of view, We do not see any legal impediment to such an initiative.