They say that saving the world is an inside job, so...
What can we do together to improve our world despite differences that we may have? How can we find common ground and work together productively (and peacefully), even though we may totally disagree politically or ideologically?
The purpose of this meet-up is to explore, through rich discussion and dialogue, topics about what it means to be human in a society that seems to be getting uglier all the time, with the aim to discover pathways forward and to make a positive difference (even if it is just a tiny one).
Our discussion/dialogue could span any number of broad topics with the focus being: how do we learn from each other in order to find common ground and strategies for improvement - both on a personal level and beyond, in order to positively impact the people around us. I imagine topics like: -How do I talk to someone I can’t stand? (How do I listen to them?) -How do I tell someone that I disagree with them (in the most effective way possible)? -What do I do if I see someone who I agree with doing harm? -How do I save the world on Monday morning? -What’s the one thing we all want for each other? -What are we doing right?
As facilitators, we would come to the meeting with a topic in mind, but would also ask for input as well. In facilitating/moderating the meetings, I would employ communications techniques in order to provide the space to be heard safely, respectfully, and to minimize any possibility for raw debate. Differences of opinion are certainly welcome - just not in any way that isn’t respectful, honorable, and safe.