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Each person who listens first to understand tips the scales toward a stronger and more equitable future for our nation and better relationships in our daily lives. Will you join us?I will listen first to understand
NCP Sustaining Members have provided helpful resources to enhance your conversations. Check out the rich guides, tips, insights, wisdom, assessments, and training below.
Conversation Guides & Methods
The Best of Enemies was released on April 5, the start of National Week of Conversation 2019. It features a two-week long process of conversation called a charrette, allowing for open and constructive dialogue to expand perspectives. The movie is an example of a unique situation where a charrette was used in a particularly dangerous environment, though we believe charrettes are useful more generally. After you see the film, gather a group of people and use this guide to discuss its primary themes.
Listen first to understand
Be curious and open to learning
Suspend judgement and extend grace
Maximize diversity of perspectives
Explore the Top 10 Tips for a Listen First Conversation
Explore LRC’s Conversation Agreements
Explore thoroughly researched pro-con arguments for dozens of topics.
Listen First Academy: Learn more about the science of listening and what it means to #ListenFirst.
Attend Red-Blue Workshop Moderator Training and/or Skills Training. Contact Donna.
Attend workshops such as Introduction to Dialogue Across Differences, The Power of Dialogue, and Basic Facilitation Skills.