Finding What Unites a Divided America
 

BRIDGING THE EXPERIENTIAL DIVIDE

 
 
 

No change will last until we all can
get on the same page when it is time to act.

 
 

We must go through the process of self identification before we can understand what is worth standing up for. When we find freedom in the awareness of our own stories, we gain the freedom to deepen our awareness of how and why different perspectives have developed. Boom: the change has begun. All that’s left is a reconstruction of the way we communicate.

 
 
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
— John F. Kennedy
 
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FREE YOUR STORY.

Not one person, out of over 326 million people living in this country, can say that they don’t have a story to tell. An experience that shaped their lives. A belief they want to share.

This is the place to do it. The following questions shed light on your values, the experiences that have shaped your life, and your thoughts about the United States. All questions are directed towards your opinions and your story, no technical questions are asked. Finally, these questions will not be shared without your consent.

While we would rather be sitting face to face with you, we can’t wait to listen to your story by reading the words you have to offer.

 
 
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Non-Oppressive Communication

To respect different perspectives is to build awareness and diverse cohesion. Without either, no country can succeed.

Once we share our story, we can drop our agenda and start listening. NOC, or non-oppressive communication, involves two or more parties establishing a common ground from different opinions.

NOC is guided by the following principles:

  • We listen.

  • We ask questions.

  • We don’t assume.

  • We don’t persuade.

  • We don’t interrupt.

  • We take each other seriously.

  • We share stories with honesty.

    We use examples, not accusations.

This communication can be used in formal settings, of course, but we dare ya to try it with, say, your partner or your best friends. Self talk is often where we share some of our most offensive accusations; we encourage you to try it on with your inner dialogue.

 

We will begin hosting NOC conferences in the Spring of 2019. If you would like to be a participant, a host, or an observer, let us know here.

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