I concluded with this sentiment:
However, the sentiment quoted above still holds, perhaps now more than before. As we enter the holiday season in the midst of a worsening global pandemic, I am deeply saddened to see so many of my friends and colleagues once again struggling with how to talk to loved ones on the "other side" of the political aisle.
This time, I offer links to a few resources, and perhaps some food for thought in the personal note below:
- Article: "Conversations on Polarizing Topics Are Possible. If You’re Up for It, Here’s How to Start" (Caitlyn Finton, Behavioral Scientist)
- TedEd: "How to talk to people you disagree with" (Elizabeth Lesser)
- Article: "These 526 Voters Represent All of America. And They Spent a Weekend Together." (Emily Badger and Kevin Quealy, The New York Times)
- Article: "Americans Don't Need Reconciliation – They Need to Get Better at Arguing" (Eric Liu, The Atlantic)
- Article: "Keeping It Civil: How To Talk Politics Without Letting Things Turn Ugly" (Caroline Kelly, NPR)
Some of my readers will remember my Irish colleague and friend Dr. Treasa Kenny, who has presented at the Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference, alongside Deirdre Curran and Alec Coakley, on at least two occasions. Treasa is the program director at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University, and she invited me to speak to her class of undergraduate law students in mid-October. During our conversation to catch up on personal news and prepare for the lecture, we strayed into the topic of democracy and the concept of a Citizens' Assembly.
Here is an excerpt from a June 2018 article in the Irish Times, which gives you a flavor of the power of a Citizens' Assembly: