27 episodes

Explores the application of Baha'i principles towards society building.

Society Builders Duane Varan

    • Religion & Spirituality
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Explores the application of Baha'i principles towards society building.

    Episode 27: The Science of Depolarization (with Nealin Parker)

    Episode 27: The Science of Depolarization (with Nealin Parker)

    An interview with Nealin Parker, Executive Director of Common Ground USA, exploring the range of like-minded organizations contributing to depolarization (including over 6,700 such organizations in the US alone).
    Nealin explores the different approaches such organizations take and provides guidance on how to find collaborators, assess  their quality and best engage with them.
    She also explores the  role of neighborhoods, society building and more.
    Organization referenced in episode (in order of appearance): 
    • Living Room Conversations (www.livingroomconversations.org)• Preemptive Love Coalition (Love Anyway Feasts) (www.preemptivelove.org/feast-templates)• Braver Angels (www.braverangels.org)• Listen First Coalition (www.listenfirstproject.org/listen-first-coalition)• Telos (www.telosgroup.org)• Make America Dinner (www.makeamericadinneragain.com)• The People’s Supper (www.thepeoplessupper.org)• Resetting the Table (www.resettingthetable.org)• Bridge USA (www.bridgeusa.org)• Campus Conversation (www.aascu.org/resources/campus-conversations-toolkit)• Sustained Dialog (www.sustaineddialogue.org)• Solia (www.solia.net)• American Exchange Project (www.americanexchangeproject.org)• Shoulder to Shoulder (www.shouldertoshouldercampaign.org)• Telos (www.telosgroup.org)• Interfaith America (www.interfaithamerica.org)• Habitat for Humanity (www.habitat.org)• One America Movement (www.oneamericamovement.org)• City Year (www.cityyear.org)• AmeriCorps (www.americorps.gov)• Red Cross (www.redcross.org)• United Way (www.unitedway.org)• All Sides (www.allsides.com)• The Flip Side (www.theflipside.io)
    CONTENTS
    0:00 Introduction3:45 Mapping Depolarization11:21 Flavors of Depolarization17:50 Cooking as Unifier22:37 Interfaith Dialog25:17 Service as Unifier28:08 Finding Collaborators30:11 Assessing Quality33:41 The Role of Neighborhood38:55 Society Building48:21Engaging with the Like-Minded51:37 Closing Thoughts

    • 55 min
    Episode 26: The Science of Depolarization (Interview with Dr. Lisa Schrich)

    Episode 26: The Science of Depolarization (Interview with Dr. Lisa Schrich)

    An interview with Dr. Lisa Schirch, a global authority on social media's impact on polarization. 
    Here, Dr. Schirch explains how the algorithms that drive social media platforms favor polarization, a force further amplified by malicious foreign actors exploiting the platforms.
    She also explores solutions at the individual level designed to improve our media diet and improve our etiquette of expression.
    CONTENTS
    0:00 Introduction2:10 How social media amplify polarization14:27 Feeding our lower nature19:05 The death of ‘objective’ news31:00 Case Study: Myanmar37:12 Solutions for us as individuals46:02 The need for in-person interaction50:46 The future for social media53:17 Closing Thoughts

    • 57 min
    Episode 25: The Science of Depolarizaton (with Andrea Bartoli)

    Episode 25: The Science of Depolarizaton (with Andrea Bartoli)

    An interview with Andrea Bartoli, former dean of a number of prestigious conflict resolution schools; diplomat; and President of the Sant'Egidio Foundation for Peace and Dialogue.  
    Andrea shares insights from his participation in a number of successful peace initiatives, starting with efforts that brought an end to the civil war in Mozambique.  He also shares lessons learned through Sant'Egidio, a Catholic force for peace.

    • 53 min
    Episode 24: Treasures of Wisdom from the Past Century (Exploring the Message of the Universal House of Justice of November 28, 2023)

    Episode 24: Treasures of Wisdom from the Past Century (Exploring the Message of the Universal House of Justice of November 28, 2023)

    On November 28, 2023, the Universal House of Justice shared its message providing a history of our organic evolution as a community over the past hundred years.  This episode explores parts of that message addressing the 'society building' focus across four key themes: the organic evolution of initiatives, our interaction with wider society, principles for society building and the interplay between the forces of integration and disintegration at work in the world today.

    • 54 min
    Episode 23: The Science of Depolarization (Interview with Rabbi Roly Matalon)

    Episode 23: The Science of Depolarization (Interview with Rabbi Roly Matalon)

    An interview with Rabbi Roly Matalon sharing his efforts to promote depolarization including an amazing exchange which saw representatives of his very progressive-liberal congregation living with MAGA supporters for three days - followed by their living with his congregation for three days.  The results of this exchange will move you and highlight the power of personal transformation in better learning to understand others.

    • 46 min
    Episode 22: The Science of Depolarization (Interview with Gary Friedman)

    Episode 22: The Science of Depolarization (Interview with Gary Friedman)

    An interview with global pioneer in mediation training, Gary Friedman, co-founder of the Center for Understanding in Conflict which has trained over 10,000 mediators.  Gary has taught at both Harvard and Stanford and for the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva and the American Bar Association and is the author of three books.  In this episode, Gary shares his 'understanding-based' model of mediation, providing strategies to help those in conflict better understand each other in their path towards finding resolution.

    • 49 min

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