Bridging Divides around US Politics: Creating Change in How We Engage With Each Other

Bridging Divides around US Politics: Creating Change in How We Engage With Each Other

part of Navigating Together

Thursday, October 29 @ 4:00pm EST

Monday, November 9 @ 4:00pm EST

Virtual Events

A Two-Part Workshop:
Thursday, October 29 at 4:00 - 5:00p ET - Workshop
Monday, November 9 at 4:00 - 5:00p ET - Reflection on Practice

This hands-on workshop is for people who wish conversations and interactions between people who disagree politically could be more constructive, especially on social media. This workshop is also for anyone who wonders whether it is possible to have constructive conversations -- and whether it is even worth having constructive conversations.

Where it is healthy for a society to reflect various differences in opinion; we must be able to find peaceful ways to engage each other in understanding those differences to identify ways forward. Join us for this workshop to understand what political polarization among everyday Americans looks like, particularly online, and what can be done about it.

Joined by facilitators from The Commons project, we will learn and explore:
How are our relationships and interactions are changing in the current political environment, online and offline?
What strategies or actions, online and offline, can we use to increase the quality of our conversations and cooperation?

Questions? Email


Navigating Together

How can we create a path of unity and peace in a divisive time?

  • We may be in very different places, physically and psychologically, and we may disagree with one another. That is okay, and normal for every community the size of MIT.
  • While we may all have thoughts and perspectives, none of us have the answer. It is up to us, as a nation, to find a democratic answer that leads to unity rather than divisiveness.
  • With this in mind, we want to explicitly commit ourselves to the MIT community and its values of creating a better world of civic dialogue and collaboration.
  • We stand unequivocally against violence in every way, shape and form. No matter what happens, dialogue and patience is always better than violence in every way.

Navigating Together is a joint project of ORSEL, the PKG Public Service Center, and The Commons.​