Our cultural landscape today is one marked by great passion and care, and tremendous challenge and unease. The issues we are most concerned with—like race and immigration, sexual harassment, or bridging our political divides—are often those we struggle to address openly and directly. As the stakes get higher, urgency increases and so does our tendency towards polarization.
Whether we are discussing politics over the dinner table or working through racially charged issues at work, many of us feel a pervasive longing to have a better experience. To bridge the widening gap between positions and to arrive somewhere more productive together.
Is it possible to loosen up rigid right-wrong dynamics, uncover more nuance, and unlock entrenched perspectives?
How do we step into the fray and offer something more useful and more generative to heated and polarized discussions?
Can we remain calm in the face of disagreement and become a vessel for influence and transformation?