Project LISTEN aims to pro-actively engage others with opposing viewpoints in somewhat structured settings across multiple media channels with the objectives to:

  1. Primarily: better understand others’ viewpoints and the rationales supporting their perspectives.
  2. Second: Learn communication styles used in these types of conversations and their associated characteristics.
  3. 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.

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Partisanship is blocking us from accomplishing “jack.”

Americans’ propensity to quickly leap to negative prejudgements of political opponents poisons our ability to interact with the teammates we need to advance our personal and national goals.

We’re going to fix that.

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“I mean, friends sit around their own kitchen table, and husbands and wives don’t agree with each other on every issue, but they don’t call each other names and throw things at each other. I think we need to do more of that, because the more you get to know somebody, at least while you can respect their differences, you’re not going to demonize them.”

— Cong. Steve Scalise (R-LA) shot with 3 others in 2017 by politically angry activist