What would it look like for political leaders, often blamed for inflaming division, to champion and embody a #ListenFirst spirit? Would their opponents respond in kind? Would voters reward them? Dozens of candidates across the country are as troubled by the increase of affective polarization as the rest of us and are seeking to do something about it by signing the #ListenFirst Pledge and running as #ListenFirst Leaders. Several such candidates, below, will join us to share their experiences as we imagine how political leaders can help us turn the tide of rising rancor and deepening division in America. All are welcome to join this conversation or watch on Facebook Live.
- Joe Pinion: Republican candidate for New York State Assembly
- Nick Thomas: Independent candidate in Colorado's 2nd Congressional District
- Frank Ward: Candidate for Austin, Texas City Council
Those who RSVP will receive a Zoom video-conference link for joining the conversation the day before.