The Civil Conversations Project
Models and data show what’s happening to our planet, but are our conversations about climate change really about something deeper? A biologist poses a challenge to the scientific community, and to all of us: to infuse our debates not only with factual rigor, but with empathy and compassion, too.
A joyful group of international students puts on an unlikely production of a classic in American theatre — and discovers the power of storytelling to embody our surprising sameness across culture, geography, and time.
On questioning the habit of vilifying “gun people” for a fundamental part of their lives and identities — and on the deeper understanding that might bring us closer to the solution to violence that we all seek.
A young, gay Mormon’s testimony sparked a rift in her community — but, Erika Munson wonders, must we give in to the instinct to take sides? On lingering in the complex questions with a spirit of compassion that has room for our differences.
Can nations apologize for harm they’ve caused? A human rights scholar delves into the philosophical quandary of collective atonement.
A grassroots initiative is taking a road trip through America this summer to facilitate messy but healing conversations across political divides.
A young man sets a resolution for himself, and for us: to engage deeply with those on the other side, not with the goal of being right, but to recognize the desire for good that we all share.
The meditative ritual of bread-making becomes a respite from the frenzy and passivity of online life. A vision for an America in which all our experiences are folded together and baked in — and a recipe for homemade bread.
Hannah Arendt’s experience as a refugee during the Nazi regime, and the powerful lessons it has for our time.
Literature has the unique power to make us feel less alone in the world by elevating our deepest stories and connecting us beyond the divides of time, space, and politics.
A white Evangelical Christian, and a Trump supporter, offers a gentle challenge: to put our preconceived notions aside, and understand each other more deeply than what we put on our ballots.
Do conversations matter in this election? A lifelong believer in the power of conversation to transform conflict wrote to Krista asking for advice about how to understand the other side in this contentious election.
After arriving in the U.S. in the 1930s, Albert Einstein witnessed the inequities and injustices done to black Americans. Read his little-known essay from 1946 about the “deeply entrenched evil” as he saw it then, and that pervades this country today.
In this TED talk, Jonathan Haidt breaks down human moral values into five basic elements, then shows how an individual’s placement on the liberal-conservative spectrum is determined by how much emphasis that person puts on each of these values.