8:45-9:00 AM PDT
Opening performance by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
Welcome from the Greater Good Science Center
Opening Meditation led by Jacob Hess, executive director of the Council for Sustainable Healing
Why Are We Polarized and Why Does It Matter?
The roots of our divisions and inspiration and hope for overcoming them.
• john a. powell, Director of the Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley
• Lilliana Mason, associate professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park, and author of Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity
• Moderated by Jason Marsh, executive director of the GGSC
10:50 AM-12:00 PM
What Are the 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.
• Emile Bruneau, director of the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at the University of Pennsylvania
• Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core
• Amanda Ripley, best-selling author/journalist
• Moderated by Allison Briscoe-Smith, GGSC Senior Fellow; professor at the Wright Institute
Breakouts: Bridging in Practice
Interactive workshops offer first-hand experiences of bridge-building programs and activities.
• Simple, Flexible, Free, Effective: Living Room Conversations, led by Joan Blades, Living Room Conversations
• Bridging Differences with New Conversations, led by Katie Hyten, Essential Partners
• Applying Neuroscience to Reduce Polarization, led by Andrew Hanauer, One America Movement
• Case Study Methodology to Bridge Interfaith Divides, led by Jenan Mohajir, Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC)
• Beyond Differences: Increasing Empathy and Improving Relationships, led by Lisette Ostrander, Chiqui Diaz, Geo Brizuela, and Jack Jacobs, Beyond Differences
Bridging the Red-Blue Divide
Strategies to change the tone of our most difficult conversations, individually and as a nation.
• Robb Willer, director of the Polarization and Social Change Lab at Stanford University
• Steven Olikara, founder and president of Millennial Action Project
• Moderated by Eve Pearlman, co-founder and CEO of Spaceship Media
Closing Keynote and Reflections, led by Rev. Jennifer Bailey, founder of the Faith Matters Network and co-founder of The People’s Supper
- Venue: Online
- Date: May 15, 2020
- Time: 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM PT
Price: $139 Registration Closes May 14 at 5pm PT
6 CE credits are now available for this event. Please click the "Register" button above for more details.
We have reimagined this day-long event as a dynamic, interactive online gathering, taking place from 9am - 4pm Pacific Time on Friday, May 15. Ticket sales will close on May 14 at 5pm PT.
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
- 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.
Program Note: Unfortunately, Professor Jennifer Eberhardt will no longer be able to join us on the program. But Professor Lilliana Mason has now joined our stellar lineup of speakers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.