AllSides for Schools — a heart mind initiative — is a partnership among Living Room Conversations, AllSides, and the Mediators Foundation, our fiscal sponsor.

Joan Blades, co-founder of Living Room Conversations, and John Gable, co-founder of AllSides, were first introduced at a conference for NCDD (National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation). After an inspiring walk, they realized that they were both committed to the same cause and taking different but completely complementary approaches. This led them to supporting each other's organization, to joining other leaders to help form the Bridge Alliance, and to working together to create AllSides for Schools.

Joan and John recently did a joint TED Talk about freeing ourselves from filter bubbles that quickly jumped to over 1 million views.

This educational offering to middle school, high school and college educators combines the relationship awareness and civil dialogue of Living Room Conversations with the media literacy and critical thinking of AllSides, and has already been picked up by educators in 45 states. See our original proposal to work together below.

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