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.
Read More


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.

October 16th, 2021 – Screening of film: “The Campaign of Minor Bo” – former US Senate candidate from West Virginia Bo Copley and Director Todd Drezner will join us for a panel discussion and Q & A, following a screening of their film. More details TBA.

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

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

Get Involved!

We’re looking for a handful of people from opposite ends of the political spectrum who would like to participate in a long-form conversation project. We will examine how people interact in a social media environment, particularly how the language that we use can cause intense reactions, and look for new language tools in the process.
Find out more

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 Conciousness, inc. Please consider donating to support our work. Thank you!

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.