DEPOLARIZING WITHIN: BECOMING A BETTER ANGEL IN YOUR OWN WORLD
Much of today’s epidemic of toxic polarization is driven by how we talk with like-minded people about those on the other side. Too often we stereotype, dismiss, or ridicule our fellow citizens who support the other political party, its leaders, and its policies. Although political polarization in some form has always been around, it was less problematic when people interacted more outside their own silos. Nowadays, people on the other side have become not just strangers but enemies. How we talk among ourselves about them fuels fires that threaten our democracy.
What if we learn the discipline of non-polarizing attitudes and words about the political “Other” with whom we do share a national past and future?
This workshop will:
Help you become more aware of your inner polarizer
Help you learn ways to depolarize yourself so that you can disagree without demonizing, dismissing, or stereotyping the millions of people who differ from you politically
Teach you skills for how to intervene in social conversations with like-mined people when those conversations veer into contempt and ridicule for people who hold other political views
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There is free parking available on campus. Details will be provided to ticket holders.
3131 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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