How to Have Better Political Conversations

McCaw Hall September 13, 2022 9:05 am - 10:00 am

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Robb Willer
Kristin Hansen

As polarization rises in the U.S. and beyond, people must manage political conflicts in their organizations, neighborhoods, and even families. While social science suggests that political animosity is rising in America and democratic norms are under threat, research also identifies a number of ways to productively intervene to help bridge divides and stabilize democracy. In this talk, Willer discusses techniques for navigating challenging political interactions, presenting cutting edge research on ways to have cohesive – rather than divisive – conversations on morally-charged political issues.

Kristin Hansen, Executive Director, Civic Health Project will join Robb Willer, Director of Polarization and Social Change Lab at Stanford University, in conversation to talk about why and how the nonprofit sector is poised to play a leading role in bridging America’s divides, fostering greater social cohesion, and securing durable, “win-win” outcomes across a wide range of societal challenges we face.