What We Do

We seek to discover a new language for empathic communication to counteract the cultural and technological forces that divide people across modern society. Our Waging Dialogue discussions are the heart and soul of our mission. We facilitate challenging online conversations across political and cultural divides in the service of peaceful problem-solving, coexistence and Human Understanding.
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September 2021 (TBD) – Panel Discussion: Would National Service increase social mobility and bring us closer together? What form would it take? Matt B and Dr. Alice L Maher will lead a panel examining this issue, with a focus on the individual as they relate to society. We will bring in experts to discuss the psychological impact of goal-oriented activities for groups with divisive personality makeups.

August/September 2021 (TBD) – Waging Dialogue Group: What does it mean to be a Christian? UChicago’s Rachel Fulton Brown will lead a group of Christians as they share their personal perspectives and explore this topic.

Fall 2021 (TBD) – Waging Dialogue Group: Can everyday liberals and conservatives come together and envision a healthcare system that works? Robert Shanbaum will host a group discussion where this concrete problem is presented and concrete solutions are sought through a methodical process.

Recent Events
Recordings of our Dialogues can be viewed on our YouTube channel

  • August 2020 The origins of our political positions
  • February 2021 How we seek and analyze the news sources that shape our political beliefs
  • April 2021 The role of ethics in shaping our political beliefs
  • June 2021 Policies and procedures in American elections

Get Involved!

Host a Dialogue
Do you have an idea for a discussion? Share it with us and let us help you create a future event.

Be a participant
We are looking for participants in our Dialogues who bring to the table:

  • A desire to be understood for who you are and what you believe in
  • Curiosity about those who think or believe differently from you
  • A commitment to civil discourse, to conversation without accusation, blame, or shaming

Build a movement
We are proud to partner with other organizations and work together toward the goal of human understanding! Please contact us to share your ideas.

WAGING DIALOGUE is a project of CHANGING OUR CONSCIOUSNESS, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, founded in 2009, that develops theoretical, methodological, and educational tools to understand and mitigate intergroup conflict. By developing emotional literacy – the capacity to view the world through others’ eyes – we facilitate dialogue between people of different thoughts, beliefs and communication styles, counter prejudice and stigma, and transform education. Join one of our projects and become part of the next innovation in human understanding.