New Year's Resolution: Talk with the Other
Headline Roundup January 2nd, 2018
In 2018, leave the hyperpartisanship and uncivil political discourse behind by resolving to bridge divides and talk with the political "other." Help revitalize our democracy by pledging to listen first, hosting a Living Room Conversation, or signing up your classroom for Mismatch.
Civil discourse starts with listening. It is tempting to jump in to be sure that the other person knows what you think and feel, but when everyone is trying to be heard, no one is listening. It’s not possible to discuss across divides without listening first, and that starts with me. And when the other person sees that you are truly listening, they will start listening too.
Part of AllSidesForSchools, this program for students from middle school to college provides social and emotional learning through communication and collaboration across differences. In the future, Mismatch will be available for anyone interested in civil discussions with someone who thinks differently.