I am glad to know that many others are thinking along the same lines about the problems that plague our public lives. One effort I truly appreciate is called the Civil Conversations Project (CCP), which “is a series of radio shows and an online resource for beginning new conversations in families and communities. How do we speak the questions we don’t know how to ask each other? Can we find ways to bridge gulfs between us about politics, morality, and life itself? Can we do that even while we continue to disagree, passionately? How is technology playing into all this, and how can we shape it?This series features voices of wisdom, poetry, and practicality. In conversation with Krista Tippett, they model new kinds of conversation and relationship with difference. They offer ideas and tools for healing our fractured civic spaces.” Source: About — The Civil Conversations Project
What I like about this site is that it provides a mix of accessible formats to help people think about different aspects of their public lives. There is so much that we are not taught and so much that we observe that is problematic, unhelpful, even destructive from others who loom large in the public eye because the cameras and the writers and talks shows are all giving them the limelight.
The majority of these people who we see everyday on our televisions, our laptops, and our phones don’t know much more than you about how to engage meaningfully, kindly, and relationally in any public arena. Many of them only know how to bring their destructive way of engaging people in their private lives onto the public stage, making it appear as if this is the way to engage our public lives. No society that wants to work for everyone can be sustained by the type of public behavior that we have seen from Mr. Trump, for example. We need to have more substantive, meaningful, and honest conversations about what it means to have a relationship with others in the public arenas of our lives.