Listening politics refers to listening in a way that supports dialogue instead of debate. Rather than the typical listening we see in political discussion that is all about waiting to argue or to defend, CPL’s listening promotes curiosity, respect and connection; it enables an open-minded search for discovery, the kind that detectives use.
But it is not easy because we’re conditioned to pre-judge and to defend our point of view.
In this meetup we will start by looking at how our intentions in joining a conversation dictate how we listen. We will learn how to cultivate curiosity and how and when to use active listening. Lastly, we’ll use class time to practice skills that enable us to listen and speak across our differences in a way that moves us all forward.