Revitalizing America

National Conversation Project is mending the frayed fabric of America by bridging divides one conversation at a time. Host or join in-person and virtual conversations happening coast to coast. #ListenFirst

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Americans of all stripes and 200 partner organizations are stepping up to address the growing crisis of social polarization and animosity across divides. Together we can turn the tide of rising rancor and deepening division with widespread conversations in which we #ListenFirst to understand. National Conversation Project promotes National Weeks of Conversation, #ListenFirst Fridays, and any conversation inviting people to revitalize America together.

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Bridging Divides

75% of Americans say the way we interact with people across differences has reached a crisis level. There’s nothing wrong with passionate beliefs, disagreement, and protest, but it feels like something more dangerous is taking hold. Do you see it? Personally feel it? What’s changed? What can we do about it together? How we can bridge the divides that threaten our future?

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Conversations are happening coast to coast! You’re welcome to join an in-person or virtual conversation, or host your own conversation on any topic you like. Every Friday, elevate the #ListenFirst spirit and practice while being intentional about positively connecting with people you encounter; share ideas, stories, pictures, and video using #ListenFirstFriday. Also explore our conversation resources and commit to #ListenFirst.

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Check out our customized resources for different types of organizations hosting conversations that bridge divides.


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I will #ListenFirst to understand!