the perspective exchange
Why Community Dialogue?
Our country is at a crossroads. Between the political gridlock in Washington, the mass shootings that happen weekly, and a general feeling that our country is falling apart at the seams, Americans are increasingly looking for a way to reclaim our democracy. Most of us live in our own opinion silos that foster disconnection from others. If our history has taught us anything, it is that it is only when we connect with those who are different from us that we make progress. Because we have retreated to opposite sides of the proverbial boxing ring, we need a way to speak with each other so we all are heard. While some may wonder how simply talking to one another is worth the effort, we believe that there is no way forward without clear communication. Community dialogues open the space for incremental cultural change through deep listening.