Project LISTEN aims to pro-actively engage others with opposing viewpoints in somewhat structured settings across multiple media channels with the objectives to:
- Primarily: better understand others’ viewpoints and the rationales supporting their perspectives.
- Second: Learn communication styles used in these types of conversations and their associated characteristics.
- Third: Test various methods of promoting productive exchange of ideas, including media-related differences (eg. text-based, audio, video, in-person)
The project’s Phase 1 launched early May, 2021 and is currently active.
- Phase 1 (Live): holding real-time, one-on-one learning discussions with unfamiliar viewpoints using Facebook Messenger, recruiting from politically active Facebook Groups.