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Embracing neurodivergence is good business

The idea that you can be human at work is still not fully realised, and not reflected in the way we communicate online. Matthew Bellringer is someone who helps those who don’t feel like they fall into the mainstream – especially at a neurodiversity level – to do their best work.

Matthew understands the struggles that many people who experience the world differently go through. Whether it be masking, code-switching, or being asked to be a domain expert on your brain chemistry, Matthew helps turn many of the gifts labeled as deficiencies into strengths.

This episode talks about neurodiversity, disability, and access. Also there is some category 1 swearing. Also Mark says something rude about willies.

Some things to consider

  • It’s great to be curious about people who are different. But we can’t expect everyone to be our tour guide at all times.
  • We should normalise the idea of setting out what we need in order to do our best work.
  • It’s OK not to make everything shareable and accessible if that is beyond your reach right now. If you know it’s not accessible and you don’t care, that’s a different story.
  • Risk is an inherent part of being human, and there’s dignity in risk.

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Transcript

00:00:00Matthew
I've been playing with new ways of describing what I do for a long time. What I help people with is technology enabled divergent innovation.
00:00:06Mark
I've got to write those words down.
00:00:10
You're listening to Ear Brain Heart, an experiment in showing up. I'm Mark Steadman and I'm working to understand how we can bring our whole selves to our work in our marketing and in our everyday practice.
00:00:23
I discovered the concept of neurodiversity listening to a podcast by Dan Harmon, the writer of one of my favorite sitcoms. Since then I've come …
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