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Our Shared Values: Identifying Common Ground and Listening to Understand

December 10, 2020 @ 2:00 am - 3:30 pm

There is plenty in the news about what divides us, but let’s talk about what unites us. Turns out, that despite the rancor and toxic talk on the news, many of us share common values and beliefs that unite us in service of the greater good.

Join us on December 10 for an engaging conversation about the values we share, and how our common values can provide a foundation for working across divides. During this conversation, we’ll also listen to each other so we can better understand our concerns and how each of us intends to make a difference in our communities today.

This conversation will be moderated by SAGE Board member, Dr. John Daggett as part of the SAGE  Citizen Project. Read on to learn more about John and the Citizen Project.

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Presentation is moderated by John Daggett, SAGE Board Member

John is a native Oregonian, born in Portland, who taught and administered primarily in Oregon’s schools and universities for over forty years. After a tour in the Marine Corps, he taught elementary, junior high school, and university; administered at elementary, middle, and high school levels, and was a school superintendent for 15 years. He has a particular interest in the scholarship and practice of individual and group resiliency. John enjoys biking, skiing, fishing, and making driftwood art objects. His Ph.D. from the University of Oregon is in education policy and management with an emphasis on organization development. He hopes that those who attend this Zoom session leave with experiencing listening’s most important purpose: the help it gives the speaker.

What is the SAGE Citizen Project?

SAGE’s Citizen Project is a series of events focused on trends over the last thirty years that show that Americans are growing increasingly divided along political lines and feeling more contempt and hostility toward others who hold different political views. Through our events, SAGE collects and shares examples of actions that individuals can take to build bridges across divides (e.g., learning about self, listening to diverse views, inviting others to engage, identifying areas to work together).


December 10, 2020
2:00 am - 3:30 pm
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