We live in extremely polarizing times, with hot-button political issues weaving their way into the fabric of every aspect of our lives and culture. 75% of Americans say this problem has reached a crisis level. Amidst all the noise, we all want to make sure our voice is heard. But how often do we stop to listen?
Experts say the solution is to cultivate more positive social connections. We believe healing our divides starts with listening. High school and university students are in a position to make a difference if they understand early enough that our lack of communication is at the root of our divides, and that listening is the way to empathy, connection and understanding.
Our award-winning feature film, LIST(e)N, is brave to question whether we can try to understand those with whom we most disagree. And now, our LIST(e)N Courageously tour is on a mission to impart what we learned in the making of the film: that the participants who were able to connect at a human level despite their differences, were the ones who listened to each other.
LIST(e)N Courageously is a 10-part 2.5-hour experience that exposes students to listening, by showing the 80-minute film and teaching the traits needed for deep listening. It also incentivizes dialogue by engaging students in conversations, crafted by dialogue experts from our partner organization, Living Room Conversations.
Please join us in our movement to LIST(e)N Courageously, so we can build a society that’s more curious and less furious. For details, contact Juliana Tafur at email@example.com. Coming soon: www.listencourageously.org.
Listen Courageously is a fiscally sponsored project of the Center for Social Change, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization