heterodox: the blog
Tools for Constructive Engagement
We have been watching recent events unfold with heavy hearts. The United States, for all its virtues, continues to suffer immense challenges, including violence, racism, political hostility, and civil unrest. As an organization that prizes constructive disagreement and encourages individuals to engage in difficult–but necessary–conversations, we (the leadership of HxA) think now is a time to listen, to be aware of the limits of our own understanding, and to be doubly-aware of the profound value of others’ insights.
If you’re involved in discussions with others, whether one-on-one, in your community, or in your classroom, here are a few resources that may be helpful:
- The HxA Way – A statement of norms and values that facilitate constructive disagreement.
- Creating Connection – An activity you can do with others before having a difficult conversation.
- OpenMind – A free, psychology-based educational platform designed to depolarize communities and foster mutual understanding across differences.
About heterodox: the blog
As an organization that prizes pluralism and disagreement — with 5000+ members holding diverse views on most issues — Heterodox Academy almost never takes positions as an organization on current events and controversies. Opinions expressed here are those of the author(s). Publication does not imply endorsement by Heterodox Academy or any of its members. We encourage readers to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn — and to join in the conversation on those forums — to weigh in on this or other posts.
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