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How to lead a conversation between people who disagree | Eve Pearlman

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In a world deeply divided, how do we have hard conversations with nuance, curiosity, respect? Veteran reporter Eve Pearlman introduces "dialogue journalism": a project where journalists go to the heart of social and political divides to support discussions between people who disagree. See what happened when a group that would have never otherwise met — 25 liberals from California and 25 conservatives from Alabama — gathered to talk about contentious issues. "Real connection across difference: this is a salve that our democracy sorely needs," Pearlman says.

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25 Comments on How to lead a conversation between people who disagree | Eve Pearlman


  2. Dialogue requires honesty, what if one party is wilfully ignorant and disingenuous? I don’t think they looked deep enough into the trenches if they were able to achieve dialogue.

    • Gerald Miller // 22nd April 2019 at 6:04 pm // Reply

      +Sandsack2311 Have you ever heard of Antifa or the resistance or russian collusion?

    • This is what the whole talk was about. I honestly can’t understand how you can ask that question after watching this.

      It is your approach in your question that is exactly the problem. Please, examine yourself and see if you truly have an open mind. Once your sure it is open watch this talk again.

    • Sushrey Srivastava // 22nd April 2019 at 8:04 pm // Reply

      +Don Gemus Yes. Sometimes, some people in a party are being wilfully ignorant, but not all. Some have vested interests, but not everyone is selfish or will benefit from the scheme. Atleast you can have a conversation with them. No one is perfect. Maybe it is you who is being dilusional. Or maybe some have some very good reason to support something wrong.

    • One party habitually lies and deceives under the guise of “greater good” when in fact they do more harm to this nation on par with nazis and communists. Authoritarianism is a disease and the democrats do everything they can to espouse it to control the “lessers”.

    • +Sushrey Srivastava if they are being willfully ignorant then how do you handle it? You can reinforce their bubble and make the world no better. Or you can hold their hand and help them take baby steps closer to the truth. Cognitive dissonance is part of being human. You shouldn’t blame people for it, but if you have the wisdom and skill, you can change their life and the lives of their loved ones.

  3. Good luck to us all.

  4. Title is misleading.

  5. Circle up


  7. “Take ten paces. Turn and fire”.

  8. Kurt Rozentaun // 22nd April 2019 at 5:37 pm // Reply


  9. …………………………………..Earth is FLAT

  10. Your Favorite Lifecoach // 22nd April 2019 at 6:33 pm // Reply

    *They need the time and space to sell their stories.*

    Don’t cut people short because you don’t agree with them. This is how we got Trump.

  11. Thank you.

  12. Community is by its very definition is special tax district… The monster of Dr. Frankenstein’s invention; the corporate eternal.

  13. Danilo Danaugber // 22nd April 2019 at 7:35 pm // Reply

    Interesting the “guinea pigs” could only dialogue with the supporting “multifaceted” role of journalism. In real life I only see journalists fueling biased narratives.

  14. Negotiation requires that you have a token of power in your hands.

    If the other party is enshrined with the corruption or similar scheme, none of what you say will be relevant or matters. You will meet ‘fight-to-the-death’ resistance.

    To come to an agreement is simply a futile exercise—because it will cancel out illicit profits!

    Negotiation is only possible when there is a common ground of sharing, especially that which concerns utter survival!

  15. Instructions were unclear. Subjects declared war on each other.

  16. You need a bigger stage like Prometheus movie

  17. “bias mining”. “Flinging talking points”. Well put.

  18. Dialogue among those who fervently support the two worst candidates and sorriest excuses for human beings ever ain’t much to go for. Certainly keeps the discussion within the duopoly good cop / bad cop scam.

  19. Elizabeth Harmon // 23rd April 2019 at 12:56 am // Reply

    Great experiment! We need more of this imo

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