Respectful Political Conversations: A Resource Guide
By MICHAEL ERARD
While today’s political climate can certainly feel discouraging, the good news is that it has spawned a fertile variety of projects that aim to make discussion of the day’s issues more civil, more informed, and (one hopes) more productive. Here are the main players on the stage at the moment:
- Today’s leader in the art of political dialogue is Village Square. Although the organization is based in Tallahassee, Florida, it is now sprouting chapters in other cities in the U.S.
- A recording of Village Square’s “Created Equal and Breathing Free” session that’s described in our story, “The Architecture of Trust”:
- Living Room Conversations is a civic dialogue project, started up by Joan Blades, a co-founder of MoveOn.org.
- Table Tribes is a project that tries to encourage civic dialogues by delivering a variety of media pieces through an app.
- The AllSides dictionary is a tool aimed at building awareness (and acceptance of) multiple points of view. One part technology platform, one part news site, and one part bias rating system, AllSides is dedicated to reducing polarization.
- A discussion guide from Showing Up For Racial Justice’s Thanksgiving conversation project.
- And finally, a blog post from a food reform website, talking about words not to use with conservatives