Registration + Coffee/Refreshments
Why Are We Polarized and Why Does It Matter?
Short talks that identify the roots of our divisions and provide inspiration and hope for overcoming them.
Keys to Bridging Differences
Leaders of innovative programs share lessons for bridging differences that they’ve taken away from their work, and participants explore how to apply these principles to their own lives.
Participants will have the option to engage in a bridge building experience over lunch.
Breakouts: Bridging in Practice
Several workshops offer first-hand experiences of bridge-building programs and activities.
From Ideas to Action
A closing session that encourages participants to consider how they might apply the lessons they’ve learned throughout the day—and inspires them to get started.
- Venue: Oakland Scottish Rite Center, and Via Live Webcast
- Date: May 15, 2020
- Time: 8:30 AM- 5:00 PM
Price: $139-$398 (includes lunch)
Recent surveys suggest that the divides among Americans are greater than ever. The resulting hostility and distrust undermines our emotional well-being, the quality of our relationships, and the integrity of our institutions.
This event will offer research-based strategies for bridging a wide range of differences--in our relationships, in our communities, and in our country. Much of the program will highlight practical skills and strategies for fostering positive dialogue, relationships, and understanding across divides, drawing on insights from research and lessons learned from trailblazing programs.
Speakers will include researchers who have studied the causes of polarization and effective strategies for addressing it; program leaders who have developed evidence-based techniques for bridging differences; and exemplary individuals whose stories offer powerful illustrations of what it looks like when members of different, sometimes opposing, groups come together and treat each other with greater respect and humanity. The day will feature talks by Stanford psychologist and "Genius Grant" winner Jennifer Eberhardt; Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core; and best-selling author and journalist Amanda Ripley.
Participants will walk away with a set of strategies and skills—having practiced a few of them at the event itself—that they can integrate into their work and lives. It will be useful to anyone looking for more effective ways to deal with conflict and division, whether at home or at work, in schools or public life. It will have special relevance to people leading organizations explicitly devoted to bridging differences and to practitioners--educators, faith leaders, health professionals, civic leaders--whose roles often require that they help others negotiate their differences.
Attend in Person or Via Live Webcast! 20% discount for GGSC members. Learn more here.