This group is dedicated to proving that civil discourse between people with differing political views is possible. Come learn how recent studies in physiological and psychological differences between conservatives and progressives provide insights into why political talk have become derailed in the past and how we can keep it on track.
We discuss candidates and issues, but that’s not what we’re about. We’re about attitude, skills and understanding.
We embrace differences and encourage people of all political views and parties to join and participate. Our discussions will be moderated to ensure that the conversation stays open and friendly, please come learn, explore, and practice with us.
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Civil, respectful discourse. Talking. Listening.
In CPL 101 we covered the basics of how to Listen Politics in a way that fosters connection and understanding. In this follow-up class we'll share the secrets of Talking Politics in a way that invites others to listen rather than dares them to defend against your ideas or shut you down.
Talking politics refers to sharing your views in a way that supports dialogue instead of debate. Rather than the typical political speak we hear in the media and debates that is all about telling others how they should think, CPL’s approach to talking politics provides insight into why your political views make sense to you; it promotes curiosity, respect and connection and helps others understand how their views and yours can coexist without either of you being wrong or immoral.
But it is not easy, because we’re conditioned to defend our point of view rather than share it or share about ourselves. In this meetup we will practice skills that enable us to speak across our differences in a way that moves us all forward and deepens our understanding of where our views come from. We will explore strategies for overcoming communication barriers, and we will practice productive civil discourse.
There are no prerequisites for this course. All are welcome. Cookies, wine, and tea will be provided.
This is the second in a three-part series of meetups addressing the issue: Enough about rights. What responsibilities should we be talking about?
-- Part 1: Whose responsibility is it? (What are the responsibilities of the government to its citizens versus individuals to their fellow citizens?)
-- Part 2: What about our fellow citizen? (How can we as individuals support our fellow citizens -- understand our responsibilities and execute on them?)
-- Part 3: What’s my responsibility? (What responsibilities come with the freedoms guaranteed through the Bill of Right?)
In Part 1 of this series, we looked at where the government’s responsibilities to its citizens ends and each individual’s responsibilities begins. In this discussion we’ll explore aspects of the individual’s responsibilities and ask, If we, as a society, value something and the government doesn’t provide it, who should? If the government doesn’t dictate societal norms, will we have societal norms? As individuals, do any of us have any responsibilities to our fellow citizens? Is there such a thing as a social contract?
(This topic was selected by CPL Members through our #VirtualDemocracy Poll! -- Thank you to all who participated)
- Individual Rights and Community Responsibilities (https://www.learningtogive.org/resources/individual-rights-and-community-responsibilities)
- Your 5 Major Responsibilities as a Human Being (https://www.theodysseyonline.com/5-major-responsibilities-human)
- 7 Responsibilities You Have As An American (https://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2011/06/07/7-responsibilities-you-have-as-an-american-n1158390)