Polarization is spiraling both the US and globally, reducing trust, distorting facts, disrupting relationships, and quietly dividing communities. Where are the spaces for reconciling worldviews and repairing the harm that has come from an increasingly hostile and extreme political discourse and media landscape?
This recent feature in NPR entitled One Small Step: Courageous Conversations Across A Growing Divide, “explores the idea that intentional conversations between partisans could be a catalyst for national healing.”
Spearheaded by StoryCorps, local NPR stations pulling together individuals from diverse partisan views for intentional conversations.
StoryCorps founder Dave Isay says, “We’re sliding in the wrong direction in this country. We’re going to try to convince the country that it’s our patriotic duty to see the humanity in people that we disagree with.”
Image by Gerd Altmann on Pixabay.
- Bridging the Divide: Strategies for Reducing Polarization at the Neighborhood Level (Garcia, McKnight)
- How can we heal polarisation and division? (Conciliation Resources)
- PURPLE Docuseries Teaser | America, We Need to Talk (Resetting the Table)