Monica Guzman

Monica Guzman is Senior Fellow for Public Practice at Braver Angels and author of "I Never Thought of It That Way: How To Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times." She’s cofounder of The Evergrey, a former columnist at The Seattle Times, a recent fellow at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, an immigrant and dual U.S.-Mexico citizen, and the mom of two bilingual kiddos.

Your governors need your help

If I’ve learned anything working with elected officials to bridge our toughest divides, it’s that they are just as tired of the toxicity as we are, if not more. And that no matter how powerful they seem, they can’t change the game on their own. They need us to stand up and say we’re with them.

“I never thought of it that way”

It is so much easier to talk about people who disagree with us than with them. But there’s no other way when we’re this polarized, I’ve realized, to let our real perspectives check, challenge, and enrich one another. Nor is there any other way to look past our perspectives to the experiences and values that shaped them — the paths different people walk to their views.

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