Welcome to the OpenMind Library
(Previously the Viewpoint Diversity Experience)
The OpenMind Library provides resources to foster mutual understanding within educational settings in order to prepare students for democratic citizenship and success in the politically diverse workplaces they will soon inhabit. Each step consists of some brief introductory text followed by one or two essays and/or videos, labeled “our picks.” If you just do that much, you can get the whole “experience” in 2-3 hours. If you’d like to know more, we also provide many additional readings and essays on each step.
While the OpenMind Platform is designed for college students, it may be useful in high schools as well as in companies, religious congregations, and other organizations that are experiencing internal conflicts over politics. The OpenMind Platform is still under development — we released this beta version on May 2, 2017, to solicit feedback and criticism. We’ll be developing teaching materials over the next few months to help groups get the most out of it, but in the meantime, please check it out yourself; it’s self-guided.
Click on the steps below to get started on the journey!
See what you’ll gain from viewpoint diversity. Discover how this one concept can help you find the truth, become more persuasive, and open up unexpected opportunities.
Cultivate intellectual humility. Learn how cultivating a mindset of humility and open-mindedness can help you achieve academic and personal success.
Explore the irrational mind. Learn a little bit of psychology to see the tricks the mind plays on us, making us all prone to be self-righteous, overconfident, and quick to demonize “the other side.”
Break free from your moral matrix. Uncover the power of the “moral matrix,” which helps explain where our moral differences come from and why moral or political disagreements can be so difficult.
Prepare for constructive disagreement. Learn practical skills to turn the most difficult disagreements into productive conversations.
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Step outside your own moral matrix by exploring the mindsets, perspectives, and principles of progressives, conservatives, and libertarians.