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Political Conversations

We've created this collection of resources to help you continue the discussion about having better political conversations with family members, friends, and neighbors.

Approaching Difficult Conversations

Keep talking, even when it's difficult. Psychologists, mediators, and counselors advise that we shouldn't avoid political conversations with family members. There are ways we can make our attempts to communicate across divides more effective, including:

  • Practice. Here are the Center we offer in-person and online opportunities to discuss big ideas with people of all backgrounds. Our partners at the National Conversation Project can help you discover civil conversations happening near you or you can use this guide from Living Room Conversations at a starting point at home.

  • Be curious. Curiosity helps pave the way for fruitful discussions. Seek out new perspectives by using the gnomi news app or receiving The Flip Side daily newsletter to see the headlines interpreted by the left and right. You can also check out ProCon.org to get diverse takes on current issues.​ Podcasts like "Pantsuit Politics" or "The Politics Guys" offer bi-partisan commentary on the news each week.

  • Put relationships ahead of "winning." Enter conversations to with the intention to understand and be understood by the other person - not to change their mind. Explore the "Scout" mindset discussed in the TED talk from Julia Galef (right). You can also dig deeper into "Why Facts Don't Change our Minds" from James Clear for thoughts on our limited powers of persuasion.