Open Discussion Project promotes civil conversation at a time Americans are deeply divided. We hold different values and beliefs, and have different faiths, needs, and priorities. And yet we must continue to engage with one another on intentionally political subjects. Our democracy depends on it.
Books are essential to creating the marketplace of ideas on which our democracy depends. The Open Discussion Project, in collaboration with the American Booksellers Association, creates reading groups that offer an informal setting for facilitated conversation with others who hold different views.
This month’s discussion book is The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt. In his book, social psychologist Haidt asks why can't political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount and why do people so readily assume the worst about the motives of their fellow citizens? He explores the origins of divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding.
How to Participate:
1. Come into the store (before the discussion date) to grab your copy of the book, and purchase it at our Will Call counter. As with all of our in-store book clubs, participants receive a 20% discount on the discussion book; just let us know at the Will Call counter when you purchase it.
2. Read the book and enjoy!
3. Join us on March 3rd to engage in a discussion about the book and related themes. We encourage community members from all political spectrums to join us for a civil discussion that will be facilitated by two professionals.
This book talk will be held upstairs in our event space.
1. No personal attacks
2. Listen respectfully and thoughtfully
3. It's OK to disagree! Expect conflicting viewpoints. We’re here to explore them.
4. What's said here, stays here
5. Try not to dominate the discussion, give everyone opportunity to speak
6. Try building on the ideas of others by using language like “yes, and…”, instead of negating ideas (“yes, but…”)
7. Please respect time limits.