When we discuss difficult or divisive topics, conversations often become paralyzed by political correctness and participants can leave feeling unheard and misunderstood. As a result, we too often lose the opportunity to better understand what is at the heart of the matter for most people who hold differing viewpoints and to share our understanding of deeply cherished beliefs. The Public Conversations Project is a facilitated discussion that helps groups move past political correctness and simplistic renderings of how and why people hold different beliefs. The Public Conversations Project can help people have very different kinds of conversations about difficult topics—discussions that promote respect for difference and deepen understanding about divisive issues.
The Public Conversations Project (PCP) is a facilitated discussion that helps promote open dialogue about subjects that may be otherwise difficult to discuss. The PCP helps people understand, hear, and evaluate other people’s perspectives about subjects that are often difficult to discuss, like abortion, racism, flag burning, or capital punishment. The objective of the Public Conversations Project is to support participants as they develop a better understanding of different world views by helping them develop a stance of curiosity and non-judgment.
According to the Public Conversations Project Organization “The Public Conversations Project guides, trains, and inspires individuals, organizations, and communities to constructively address conflicts relating to values and world views.” This is achieved by helping participants explore questions such as “What is at the heart of the matter for you?” and “Are there any ambivalent feelings that you hold in your view of the matter?” These kinds of questions give participants the opportunity to describe the relationship to their beliefs to others, while simultaneously learn more about how people from very different positions come to hold and cherish very different ideas.
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