Interested in briding divides, but not sure HOW to do this in day-to-day life?
When discussing an important issue with someone who holds a different view, what is your ideal outcome? Do you want to turn tense arguments into more productive and persuasive dialogue?
What does it mean to really bridge divides? It starts with conversation.
Join SAGE and its LAB for a FREE, 3-part intergenerational series beginning Feb. 20th: Expanding Perspectives & Finding Common Ground
- Best practices to structure conversations & de-escalate conflicts
- Skills to find common ground & understand others in order to infuse conversations with empathy
- Tips and practice using personal storytelling to offer a powerful, alternate perspective.
HOW? We’ll work with the REACH (Reflect, Enquire, Agree, Confess & Harmonize)
Method, a tangible framework from The Dialogue Company (developed by Dr. David Campt) to carry out more effective, civil conversations on dividing topics. Each session below is also useful on it’s own – you can register below for ONE or ALL SESSIONS, (we strongly encourage participants attend all 3 sessions to have the most meaningful experience).
Session #1 Reflect & Enquire
Saturday, February 20th, 10:30AM – 12:00PM | moderated by Armster (AJ) Edwards – see Armster’s Bio Here
– Explore strategies for emotional regulation and intention-setting for difficult conversations
– Practice curiosity and learn how to ask the right questions to reveal the experiences & values that underpin belief systems
– Identify common ground without compromising your perspective or losing boundaries
Session #2 Harnessing the Power of Vulnerability
Saturday, February 27th, 10:30AM – 12:00PM | moderated by Christine Dingle – see Christine’s bio here
– Unlearn the myths you were taught about weakness, vulnerability and courage
– Understand “rumbling,” a framework for listening with the same passion with which we want to be heard and navigating “messy” conversations
– Discover how exposing yourself to uncertainty and risk through personal storytelling, creates room for the other person to self reflect and share their experiences
Session #3 Agree, Confess & Harmonize
Saturday, March 6th, 10:30AM – 12:00PM | moderated by Cameron Wick – see Cameron’s bio here
– Practice connecting personal stories to your perspective, in order to illuminate how the issue impacts you and people you care about
– Leverage the vulnerability concepts from Session #2 to identify stories that expose your imperfections or lived experiences, inviting your conversation partner to do the same
– Learn how to reconcile your two different perspectives, in order to create connection and understanding.