Encourage Your Friends to #ListenFirst on #ListenFirstFriday

Posted by on October 18, 2019 at 11:37 AM

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Because you are a Bridge Alliance supporter, I suspect you’re pretty good at listening to and understanding different perspectives (which is different from agreeing!). After all, nearly ⅓ of the Bridge Alliance is dedicated to bridging ideological divides. But, if you’re like me, your social media timelines are filled with angry rants about current events -- which is understandable given the toxicity of today’s politics.

What if you brought a bit of positivity to the table and encouraged others to do the same? This Friday, join with hundreds of others at National Conversation Project in #ListenFirstFriday and ask your friends to do the same. Instead of focusing their energy on the latest atrocity, encourage people in your life to be part of the solution by inviting conversation and creating positive connections. As the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Want to take it to the next level? Encourage your friends to check out one of the many Bridge Alliance members that are consistently hosting conversations among strangers -- both online and in person. Below are just a few examples:

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Bridge Alliance Members in the News:

Ballotpedia - The Fulcrum - Meet the reformer: Geoff Pallay, a political encyclopedia wizard

The Center for Civic Design - FiveThirtyEight - What Happened When 2.2 Million People Were Automatically Registered To Vote

POGO - NPR - What Role Are Inspectors General Supposed To Play In America's Democracy?