THE RADICAL LISTENING PROJECT
Building bridges across social and political divides
Why is listening a radical act? The word radical is from the Latin “radix”—it means the root, or the heart of the matter. When we listen for what is underneath the positions we hear, when we have the skills and willingness to get to the root of what is at stake for us, we are embarking on a journey with an uncertain destination. But where we arrive after engaging in this kind of radical listening is a better place than where we end up right now with all of the debate, the posturing, the acrimony, the rabid fundamentalism of social media messaging. Without radical listening we are doomed to perpetuate political polarization, social isolation, the demonizing of people with views, positions, beliefs, cultures different than our own.
This radical listening project is a social experiment. I hope you’ll join me.
THE RADICAL LISTENING PROJECT--AN INVITATION
If you feel, as I do, that there is a better way of solving the complex problems that face us--at work, in the world, in our communities, in our politics, in our social structures--let's talk! Send me a note or sign up for a RLP event. Together we can do good things here.
RADICAL LISTENING WORKSHOPS
The ability to authentically listen to those with profoundly different views than us does not come naturally. Radical listening takes skill, practice and commitment. We'll only be willing to try this if we truly understand that the social and political polarization and divisive rhetoric are NOT working for anyone.
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A CONVERSATION THAT INCLUDES RADICAL LISTENING
We need to stop underestimating our influence to effect powerful social and political change.
FIND SOMEONE WHO SEES THE WORLD DIFFERENTLY
You'll be surprised at what can ripple out from a single, sincere and vulnerable act of listening.
WORKSHOPS, TRAINING AND TOOLS
We offer a range of workshops for organizations, for communities and for anyone seeking betters ways of collaborating and engaging across social, cultural and political differences.