This week, we continue exploring the themes of gender, equality, and inclusion and discuss finding a common ground in this time of intense polarization. It’s often a challenging and uncomfortable conversation, but I feel it is a crucial one in order for us to show up authentically and really bring our whole self to work and life. I believe it’s time we stand up, speak up, really listen to each other, and then see if we can find common ground from a place of authentic connection and vulnerability.
[5:22] We have been polarized as a country for a long time. The divisiveness over oppression and victimization of people seems to be at an all-time high, and action must be taken.
[11:34] Explore your own personal ideas on what finding common ground would like to you. How would we debate and even disagree with each other in a respectful and supportive manner?
[12:29] It’s not just politics where the “me vs. you” battle exists. In work, we also tend to find like-minded people, and then make the “others” seem less than or our adversaries.
[16:17] I share a story where a heated argument on a plane turned into finding some sort of common ground through vulnerability and curiosity.
[22:09] We may not understand or relate to the story of others, but having empathy for all is key.
[24:25] As human beings, we are all filled with tons of contradictions, and that is why having a two-party system often feels antiquated.
[26:16] We need the space to safely debate, discuss, and even fight with each other at a deep level.