“Increasingly in America today, we don’t just disagree. We dislike, distrust, even despise those who see the world differently. We’re withdrawing from conversations—eroding relationships and understanding. 75% of Americans say this problem has reached a crisis level. Experts say the solution is to cultivate more positive social connections. We believe in the power of starting new conversations that move ‘us vs. them’ toward ‘me and you’ to turn the tide of rising rancor and deepening division.”
That’s according to the Listen First Project, a movement to bring Americans together – mending fissures created by hyper-partisanship and bridging divides one conversation at a time. The Listen First Project creates opportunities and teaches skills for conversations that tip the scales toward a stronger and more equitable future for our nation and better relationships in our daily lives. A listen First conversation takes 4 steps:
- Listen first to understand
- Be curious and open to learning
- Suspend judgement and extend grace
- Maximize diversity of perspectives
YOU can become part of the solution for more civil, productive conversations by taking the Listen First Pledge today!