Civil Conversations Project

  • No topic is taboo The Civil Conversations Project explores how we might all engage divisive topics like marriage, abortion, and politics in a productive way in our communities. Image Credit: On Being

  • No topic is taboo The Civil Conversations Project explores how we might all engage divisive topics like marriage, abortion, and politics in a productive way in our communities. Image Credit: On Being

  • No topic is taboo The Civil Conversations Project explores how we might all engage divisive topics like marriage, abortion, and politics in a productive way in our communities. Image Credit: On Being

  • No topic is taboo The Civil Conversations Project explores how we might all engage divisive topics like marriage, abortion, and politics in a productive way in our communities. Image Credit: On Being

  • No topic is taboo The Civil Conversations Project explores how we might all engage divisive topics like marriage, abortion, and politics in a productive way in our communities. Image Credit: On Being

Civil Conversations Project

In the fall of 2010, as American public political discourse became increasingly inflamed and as partisan strife made top-of-the-hour news, On Being with Krista Tippett took a different route, one that explored the daring question, Can we find new ways to speak and live together, even while holding passionate disagreement? The resulting initiative, The Civil Conversations Project, explores how we might all engage these divisive topics in our communities. Through this work, Krista Tippett has engaged thought leaders who are modeling new kinds of conversation and relationships across seemingly vast divides, resulting in dialogues and interactive events across the media landscape, including:

The Future of Marriage with David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch

Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, Pro-Dialogue with David Gushee and Frances Kissling

The Next Christians with Jim Daly and Gabe Lyons

Political Bridge People with Sen. Pete Domenici and Alice Rivlin

The Fetzer Institute is working with the On Being team to build on the foundational stages of this work and support the development of practical resources for individuals and communities to address our deepest cultural divides. Informing these resources, the On Being team will explore civility, hospitality, curiosity, compassion, love, and forgiveness in practice and as civic virtues. They will also explore connections between personal integrity, service, and the common good and how we might strengthen this connection and make it more visible.

Through a variety of content streams, the Civil Conversations Project is dedicated to expanding our vocabulary and imagination with resources that help us begin the civic work of love and forgiveness in our communities.

About On Being

On Being with Krista Tippett is a spacious conversation—and an evolving media space—about the big questions at the center of human life, from the boldest new science of the human brain to the ancient traditions of the human spirit. The program began as an occasional series on Minnesota Public Radio in 1999, and is now is heard on more than 250 public radio stations across the United States and globally via podcast—a consistent top iTunes listing. 

This is a project of the Fetzer Advisory Council on Information and Communications Professions.

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