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.
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: Online
- Date: May 15, 2020
- Time: 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM PDT
Price: $139 (full and partial scholarships available--please ask!)
We have reimagined this day-long event as a dynamic, interactive online gathering.
It 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.
Our online format will provide ample opportunities to interact with speakers and meet fellow bridge-builders. It will offer Q&A sessions with presenters as well as virtual breakout sessions among our attendees.
Speakers will include researchers who have studied the causes of polarization and effective strategies for addressing it, and program leaders who have developed evidence-based techniques for helping people come together and treat one another with greater respect and humanity.
The day will feature talks by:
- john powell, director of UC Berkeley's Othering and Belonging Institute
- Stanford psychologist and Macarthur "Genius Grant" winner Jennifer Eberhardt
- Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core
- Best-selling author and journalist Amanda Ripley
- Emile Bruneau, director of the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at the University of Pennsylvania
- Robb Willer, director of Stanford University's Polarization and Social Change Lab
- Rev. Jennifer Bailey, co-founder of The People's Supper and founder and executive director of the Faith Matters Network
- And other leading thinkers and changemakers...
Participants will come away with a set of strategies and skills that they can integrate into their work and lives. The day 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.
20% discount for GGSC members. Learn more here.
Cancellations must be submitted via email to Greater@Berkeley.edu. Full refunds less a $25 administrative fee will be given for cancellations received by April 30, 2020. Due to program demand, cancellations received after this date are subject to the full program tuition. Please note: Cancellation fees are based upon the date the written request is received.
If you have questions about whether or not this day is a fit for your work and goals, email us at email@example.com.