This event made it abundantly clear that there is an overwhelming desire to improve the current state of public (and private) dialogue.
Here are a few of the treasures we uncovered:
• Acknowledging responsibility for our own role in polarization is key to improving the current climate.
• Relationships with family, friends and colleagues must be valued and preserved.
• Curiosity can lead us out of our bubbles and into more understanding of those with different perspectives.
• Respect must replace stereotyping, labeling and demeaning.
These simple, yet powerful nuggets can easily be put into practice by anyone, immediately.
We encourage each of our community members to consider taking one step towards reducing the culture of contempt. Our small group of collaborators is growing as new and diverse relationships are developing.
Watch for more community events centered around improving dialogue and listening to understand.
The writer leads a nonprofit organization vocused on “Creating a Thriving Community Through Informed and Connected Leaders.”