Radical Empathy Now is proud to partner with the Public Conversations Project. Empathy is all about seeing, hearing, and feeling others. It is about appreciating those that are different than us for their own uniqueness...even if their views and beliefs do not align with our own. The Public Conversations Project promotes authentic communication around difficult topics, while facilitating civil discussions so that we may learn from each other and understand each other in ways that would otherwise be impossible. Rather than turning to conflict, let's start a public conversation!
If you have a topic you would like to start a Public Conversation on Radical Empathy Now would love to help facilitate. You can get in touch with us on our contact us page.
What is the Public Conversations Project?
The Public Conversations Project (PCP) guides, trains and inspires individuals, organizations, and communities to constructively address conflicts that involve differing values and world views. It is a Boston-based nonprofit that uses dialogue to improve relationships and understanding among groups and individuals on opposing sides of divisive public issues. These conversations usually result in diminished polarization and hostility, increased trust and respect, and can lead to collaborative action.
Since 1989, PCP has worked in the US and around the world providing workshops and customized trainings and facilitating dialogues on a wide range of contentious issues including abortion, forest management, homosexuality and faith, biodiversity, the use of animals in research, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In a world bristling with tension, controversy, polarization, and war, PCP aims to reduce rancor in public squares and promote effective and inclusive organizations and communities.
What Does PCP Dialogue Involve?
Before a dialogue, PCP works with members of all the groups involved to develop the goals, ground rules, and agenda of the forthcoming conversation. This careful preparation increases participants' ownership of the event and builds their capacity to design other dialogues.
During the dialogue, the ground rules help participants restrain polarizing behavior while fostering authentic speaking, careful listening, and thoughtful reflection. Carefully selected questions surface new information that softens stereotypes and leads to more accurate understanding of participants’ hopes, fears, life experiences, and values.
As the dialogue proceeds, fresh angles and options emerge and are explored. Participants often realize that they can work together toward shared goals without compromising their deeply held values, beliefs, or positions.
What does PCP Provide?
Designing and facilitating conversations on divisive
Expanding personal and professional dialogue skills
• Customized Trainings
Preparing people to conduct dialogues in specific
Advising dialogue practitioners and leaders
• Conference Design
Planning of meetings that build bridges
Maintaining a Web site with free dialogue resources,
including two guides
To learn more about the Public Conversations Project visit their website here.
2221 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Website created by: Nathan Hoge - Dig Design Concepts - 2014
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