1:1 Conversations Across Differences

What is a 1:1 Conversation?

A novel way for different types of people to connect personally and as citizens who are concerned for their country.  The process involves two structured 1-hour conversations between two people using an online platform.

The Three Types of Conversations

Red/Blue

Connecting one conservative and one liberal/progressive

Black/White

Connecting one self-described black person and one self-described white person

Rural/Urban

Connecting one rural dweller and one person from an urban or suburban area

The Goals

✓ More understanding of the experiences, feelings, and beliefs of the other person

✓ Discovering any areas of commonality

✓ Ideas for how to bridge differences for the sake of our communities and our country

The Process

  • Emphasizes storytelling, listening, and learning rather than declaring or debating.
  • Both people share and learn. Neither is teaching the other or giving feedback about how to think or say things differently.
  • Features taking turns responding to a series of questions of increasing depth, with the other person listening without cross talk, and then sharing what they learned about the other’s views and experiences, and seeing if there is something in common.
  • Ends with both people coming up with action ideas to make a difference.

Before Signing Up

Listen

Bill Doherty’s 2 ½-minute audio introduction

Read

AllSides Connect Platform Requirements

Download

AllSides Connect Troubleshooting Tips

For those doing a Red/Blue conversation, we strongly recommend that at least one of you first take the 40-minute Skills for Bridging the Divide eLearning course, or participate in a Skills for Bridging the Divide workshop online or in-person.

Choose a Conversation Type

Sign Up: Phase I

If you are a Red seeking a Red/Blue conversation, a Black person seeking a Black/White conversation, or a Rural dweller seeking a Rural/Urban conversation, feel free to sign up by yourself now.

If you are a Blue for a Red/Blue conversation, a White person for a Black/White conversation, or an Urban or Suburban dweller for a Rural/Urban conversation, please find a partner on the other side. When you sign up, enter your partner’s name and email address where requested. If you cannot find a partner, you can sign up anyway, but please be prepared for a wait of indeterminate length.