Fascinating, high-quality debates out of Toronto on global issues, all available through video streaming.
Topics include: The West vs. Russia; Gender in the 21st Century; Future of Geopolitics; Global Refugee Crisis; Religion; among others.
Past participants include: Henry Kissinger, Glenn Greenwald, Laura Ingraham, Jennifer Granholm, Paul Krugman, Fareed Zakaria, Hanna Rosin, Maureen Dowd, Tony Blair, Camille Paglia, among others.
Provides a simple yet structured format for initiating conversations in small groups to discuss issues for which there are many (and sometimes divisive) perspectives. The goal is to cultivate civil discourse around difficult issues, and “pave the way for collaborative and inclusive problem-solving.”
These podcasts are enlightening because the hosts invite interesting and knowledgeable guests, and the discussion goes far beyond what the title suggests. A great place to hear a range of views and perspectives.
This is a podcast of a great conversation with Heather McGhee and Matt Kibbe, hosted by Krista Tippett, about building bridges in conversation. "It’s hard to imagine honest, revelatory, even enjoyable conversation between people on distant points of American life right now. But in this public conversation at the Citizen University annual conference, Matt Kibbe and Heather McGhee show us how. He’s a libertarian who helped activate the Tea Party. She’s a millennial progressive leader. They are bridge people for this moment — holding passion and conviction together with an enthusiasm for engaging difference, and carrying questions as vigorously as they carry answers."
This website has a wealth of information, including:
- News stories from left, center, and right perspectives;
- List of publications and whether they lean left or right;
- Dictionary of words with different interpretations on left and right;
- School program and suggested curriculum;
- Blog and newsfeed.
Great 3-minute video of the different ways our identities intersect.
Interesting website with a wealth of information. “We are a politically diverse group of…scholars who want to improve our academic disciplines and universities. We share a concern about a growing problem: the loss or lack of “viewpoint diversity.” “We have come together to advocate for a more intellectually diverse and heterodox academy.”
Many opportunities to participate and learn. “The Institute of Politics, a non-partisan, extracurricular organization at the University of Chicago, aims to inspire and cultivate the next generation of political and public service leaders.”
Robert P. George is a conservative legal scholar and professor at Princeton University; Cornel West a progressive scholar of public philosophy and professor at Harvard University. They have written a joint statement about the importance of open-mindedness and dialogue, and invited others to sign the statement. “The pursuit of knowledge and the maintenance of a free and democratic society require the cultivation and practice of the virtues of intellectual humility, openness of mind, and, above all, love of truth.”
This is annual forum designed to elevate civic conversation, foster new relationships and inspire action. It is produced and organized by the Chicago Community Trust. "Together we can discover ways to make our communities stronger, safer and more dynamic." You can register to host or join a conversation.
Better Angels is a bipartisan network of leaders and organizations whose vision is to reunite America. They seek to transform conflict by achieving actual disagreement and recovering the practices of compromise. A wealth of information on this site, as well as ways to get involved.
One of the few policy think-tanks that strives to be more centrist, although it appears to be slightly left-leaning (in my (SVK) opinion). A lot of good facts and deep analysis on all the major issues, from education policy to national security.
Both the book and the training seminars offer a practical methodology for self-reflection, as well as how to act from one’s highest vision of oneself when emotions and judgment are running high. “Leadership is, at root, about understanding and managing our own internal experience.”
Podcast hosted by Kerri Miller on Indivisible, New York Public Radio, March 2, 2017.
Explores the weekend event that brought together Trump supporters and opponents for an entire weekend to learn to truly hear each other. Organized by Better Angels and facilitated by Professor William Doherty, a social psychologist at the University of Minnesota. Interviews with two people who took part, and with Professor Doherty.
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.