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Healing the Divide – United and Together helps people with different opinions have respectful and open conversations about their views. Marilyn Utz, the founder of United and Together, interviews communication experts such as professional mediators, politicians and other groups working on bipartisan solutions, and everyday people who have struggled in their relationships because of the divide in our country.

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Healing the Divide – United and Together helps people with different opinions have respectful and open conversations about their views. Marilyn Utz, the founder of United and Together, interviews communication experts such as professional mediators, politicians and other groups working on bipartisan solutions, and everyday people who have struggled in their relationships because of the divide in our country.

    012: Urban Confessional – Benjamin Mathes

    012: Urban Confessional – Benjamin Mathes

    Wanting to be of service to others, Benjamin decided that a great way to help others be seen, heard, and understood would be to simply listen. And as Benjamin is so fond of saying, “Being heard is so close to being loved that most people can’t tell the difference.”

    How to Find Out More About Urban Confessional and The Free Listening Movement

    Urban Confessional Website: www.urbanconfessional.org

    Twitter: @UCFreeListening

    Instagram: Urban Confessional

    Facebook: Urban Confessional

    Email: urbanconfessional@gmail.com



     

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    011: Someone To Tell It To – Michael Gingerich and Tom Kaden

    011: Someone To Tell It To – Michael Gingerich and Tom Kaden

    Michael and Tom felt a special calling to help people know and feel, in a very practical way, that they are loved, that they matter, and that they are valued. In a time when loneliness and disconnection are on the rise, Michael and Tom, are walking side by side with individuals through some of life’s toughest challenges.

    How to Contact Michael and Tom

    Someone To Tell It To Website: someonetotellitto.org

    More about Michael and Tom

    Michael Gingerich and Tom Kaden are the co-founders of Someone To Tell It To, a non-profit with the mission of cultivating meaningful relationships through compassionate listening and training others to do the same.  They do this through promoting and practicing compassionate listening and compassionate presence and train individuals, groups, organizations to do the same.  Michael and Tom have written two books together - Someone To Tell It To: Sharing Life’s Journey and Someone To Tell It To: Moved with Compassion.  They have also been published in Red Letter Christians, This I Believe and through the International Listening Association.  They are affiliate members of the International Listening Association and were awarded the Listening in the Business Sector award in 2019.  They co-host their own podcast series also called Someone To Tell It To.



    Michael is a graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has provided thousands of hours of counseling internationally on all aspects of integrative cancer care, especially the psycho-social and spiritual aspects – in-person, through tele-support groups, Facebook™ and email communications. In addition, he has had essays published in several Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Michael is married to Katherine Walton Gingerich. They are the parents of three sons and the grandfather of five.  They live in Hershey, PA.



    Tom graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary and Messiah College. He is a gifted communicator and spiritual guide to people of all ages and has an uncanny ability of taking surface level relationships to a much deeper place in a short period of time. He has been published in several Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Tom is married to Sarah Carr Kaden. They have four children and live in Mt. Holly Springs, PA.

    Books by Michael and Tom

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    010: Listen First Project – Graham Bodie, Ph.D.

    010: Listen First Project – Graham Bodie, Ph.D.

    My conversation with Graham is filled with practical tips on conversations with family, how to be genuine even in tough situations, and even how to exit a conversation if necessary. One of my favorite tips from Graham for removing the stress we often feel in these difficult conversations is to focus on the person and their experiences more than the issue.

    How to Contact Graham

    Email: graham@listenfirstproject.org

    Twitter: @ListenFirstProj,@USConvoProject

    Graham's Website: GrahamBodie.com

    Listen First Website: ListenFirstProject.org

    National Conversation Website: NationalConversationProject.org

    More about Graham

    Graham Bodie is an internationally recognized communication scholar whose work focuses on what all organizations and individuals need to do better, Listen. Based on his extensive knowledge of how individuals and teams can more effectively communicate and build consensus, Dr. Bodie facilitates customized workshops and delivers compelling keynote addresses for groups of all sizes. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and featured in the Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, and on National Public Radio. Dr. Bodie received his B.A. and M.A. from Auburn University and his Ph.D. from Purdue University. He teaches courses in Integrated Marketing Communication at the University of Mississippi and dedicates substantial time to mend our frayed social fabric through his work with the non-profit Listen First Project.

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    009: Addressing Tribalism – Kamy Akhavan

    009: Addressing Tribalism – Kamy Akhavan

    Kamy reminds us that while may not always find common ground, we can realize that people with whom we even vehemently disagree on an issue are not bad people. Our political disagreements do not need to define our friendships and relationships.

    How to Contact Kamy

    Email: kakhavan@usc.edu

    Twitter: @kamyakhavan

    USC Dornsife - Center for the Political Future Website: dornsife-center-for-political-future.usc.edu

    ProCon.org Website: ProCon.org

    More about Kamy

    Kambiz "Kamy" Akhavan, former CEO of ProCon.org, the nation's leading source of nonpartisan research on controversial issues, now leads the Center for the Political Future at the University of Southern California. As the Executive Director, Kamy oversees the operations of all Center components including the Unruh Institute of Politics, the Fellow's Program, the USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll, and community and global engagement.



    Kamy avidly writes and speaks on numerous topics including Amplifying the Awesome Power of Debate, Bursting the Echo Chamber, Dialogue Over Division, How to Save Democracy Through Critical Thinking, and Why and How to Teach Controversial Issues in Your Classroom. In addition to those topics, Kamy has moderated debates, served on panels, and provided keynote speeches on marijuana, gun control, immigration, death penalty, physician-assisted suicide, college affordability, and more.



    Kamy has more than 20 years of experience in bridging divides at national levels. His work has served more than 200 million people, including students at more than 12,000 schools in all 50 states and 100 countries. He has been published and interviewed in textbooks, magazines, television, radio, newspapers, and websites including Reuters, Associated Press, Fox News, ABC, Washington Post, NPR, CNN, and CBS.



    Kamy was born in Iran, grew up in southern Louisiana, and has lived in California for over 25 years. He holds a BA and MA in History from UCLA.

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    008: I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening) – Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers

    008: I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening) – Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers

    Two friends on opposite sides of the aisle provide a practical guide to grace-filled political conversation while challenging readers to put relationship before policy and understanding before argument.







    Purchase Sarah and Beth's Book: I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening)



    Learn More about Sarah and Beth's Podcast - Pantsuit Politics: pantsuitpoliticsshow.com

    More about Sarah and Beth

    Sarah from the Left

    Sarah Stewart Holland has always had a passion for talking politics. As the creator and cohost of the hit bipartisan political podcast Pantsuit Politics, she has turned that passion into a career. When she's not opining about policy or the latest political firestorm from behind the mic, Sarah serves on the City Commission in her hometown of Paducah, KY, where she lives with her husband and three young sons.



    Before turning to the mic, Sarah wrote about parenting and politics on her blog bluegrass redhead. Her writing has also been published on the Atlantic, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, and BlogHer. Sarah received her BA from Transylvania University, and her JD from American University's Washington College of Law in Washington, DC.

    Beth from the Right

    Beth Silvers owns and operates Checking In with Beth Silvers, a life and business coaching practice. She has been recognized as one of Ohio's Most Powerful and Influential Women by the Ohio Diversity Council, a Human Resources GameChanger by Workforce Magazine, and one of Cincinnati's Forty Under 40 business leaders. Beth lives in Union with her husband, Chad; daughters Jane and Ellen, and miniature schnauzer, Lucy. She loves people, politics, poetry, and watermelon.

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    007: Conflict Resilience – Robert Bordone

    007: Conflict Resilience – Robert Bordone

    Bob helps us understand the great value in Conflict Resilience — the capacity to be quite uncomfortable and still generously listen to others and authentically share our own viewpoint.

    How to Contact Bob

    Website: www.bobbordone.com

    Email: bob@bobbordone.com

    Twitter: @bobbordone

    More about Bob

    ROBERT C. BORDONE is the Thaddeus R. Beal Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the founder of the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program. He teaches several courses at Harvard Law School including the school’s flagship Negotiation Workshop. Bob also teaches in the Harvard Negotiation Institute and the Harvard Program on Negotiation’s Negotiation and Leadership Executive Education seminars. From 2001 through 2005 he was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. In 2006–2007 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.



    In 2007, Bob received The Albert Sacks-Paul Freund Teaching Award at Harvard Law School, presented annually to a member of the Harvard Law School faculty for teaching excellence, mentorship of students, and general contributions to the life of the Law School. In 2010 the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) awarded Bob its Problem Solving in the Law School Curriculum Award for his innovative work in creating and building the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program. In 2012, 2013, 2016, and 2017, Bob was selected by the graduating class as one of four Harvard Law School faculty members to deliver a “Last Lecture” to the class prior to graduation.



    Bob’s research interests include the assessment, reform, design, and implementation of dispute handling systems and developing and testing methods of effective public dialogue on issues that cut to the core of identity, meaning, belonging, and belief. Bob is the co-author of two books: Designing Systems and Processes for Managing Disputes, 2d. Edition (Wolters-Kluwer, 2019) and The Handbook of Dispute Resolution (Jossey-Bass, 2005). The Handbook of Dispute Resolution. He has also published articles in leading dispute resolution journals including the HARVARD NEGOTIATION LAW REVIEW, the OHIO STATE JOURNAL ON DISPUTE RESOLUTION, the JOURNAL OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION, NEGOTIATION BRIEFINGS, DISPUTE RESOLUTION MAGAZINE, and NEGOTIATION JOURNAL. Bob’s writing and commentary have appeared in various print and broadcast media outlets including THE BOSTON GLOBE, THE WASHINGTON POST, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, AMERICA, CNN’S Situation Room, and BBC Radio.



    As a professional facilitator and conflict resolution consultant, Bob works with individual, non-profit, governmental, and corporate clients across many sectors. He specializes in assisting individuals and groups seeking to manage conflicts in highly sensitive, emotional, or difficult situations. His corporate clients have included Premera Blue Cross, Health Net, Gap, Inc., Fidelity Investments, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Exelon, and Microsoft. In addition, he has worked on projects with nonprofit, educational, governmental and cultural institutions such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dartmouth College, the Swiss Foreign Ministry, the U.S. Department of Justice, the United Way, the International Criminal Court at The Hague, Seeds of Peace, and the Vienna School of Economics and Business Administration.



    He has also taught negotiation to attorneys at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the National Association of Realtors, and the international law firms of Weil, Gotshal, & Manges, LLP, Freshfields, Braukhaus, & Deringer, Crowell & Moring, LLP, Shearman & Sterling, LLP, and Clifford Chance, LLP.



    Bob has served on a variety of advisory boards that include the Dartm

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