Creating Civil Conversations in an Uncivil World: A conversation on access to health care
Public discourse has become more polarized than ever. The volume is high, but few are listening to each other or even really trying to convince each other. Shouting, name-calling and demonizing of those who disagree are commonplace. This is not a good environment for making public policy or encouraging new voters to become involved.
This program is designed to help us learn to engage constructively, to listen to others and share our views in respectful ways that have a chance of informing, convincing, building empathy and consensus. The goal is to acquire skills of engagement that can shift the conversation to a space where all voices can be heard.
Facilitators from the National Coalition Building Institute will teach us to notice our own reactions while we talk and while we listen. Participants will develop skills to become aware of trigger points, develop the capacity to take better care of self in the heat of the moment, and learn tools to effectively engage others. We will practice our new skills in small group discussions of access to healthcare.
Participants are encouraged to bring a friend, family member or co-worker who thinks differently, so that we can practice engaging constructively on this important issue. The event is free, but seating is limited and registration is required.
Location: Brighton Town Hall