Respectful Political Conversations: A Resource Guide


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.
  • 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.
  • And finally, a blog post from a food reform website, talking about words not to use with conservatives

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Published: April 12, 2017