The holiday season, beginning with Thanksgiving this week, is a time of sharing and gathering, of getting together with family and friends.
Usually a wonderful time of the year, it can also be a season of discord, especially as political topics may be common in the weeks following such a uniquely contentious election.
Talk of politics and other hot topics can be tricky to navigate with family and friends – especially when we don’t see eye to eye – and it seems like the divisive election season might only make holiday conflicts harder to avoid this year.
We’re here to help! NCDD will continue to carry on our #BridgingOurDivides campaign through the holidays.
In order to help folks enter the holiday with a game plan for productive, thoughtful conversations, we at NCDD want to share some tips and resources that you can use to help keep the family dinner conversations more about genuine dialogue and understanding despite differences than heated rhetoric and emotional outbursts.
In short, here are Six Tips for Thoughtful Holiday Conversations from NCDD:
- Be an active listener
- Keep an open mind
- Be curious
- Discuss stories rather than debating facts
- Look for common ground
- Try to end on a positive note
To learn more, please read our blog post at ncdd.org/22355.
Join a Confab Call on what’s next post-election
NCDD is hosting a Confab Call on Tuesday, November 29th at 1pm Eastern to talk with the dialogue & deliberation community about what happens next after the election. This will be an open call for community members to share their work, and talk with one another about what is possible. Learn more and register at ncdd.org/22317.
Giving Tuesday is just around the corner
Next Tuesday, November 29th is #GivingTuesday, an international day of giving. NCDD relies on the support of our network to continue our work, so please contribute to #BridgingOurDivides by donating to NCDD.
Managing Director, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation