The Listen First Project brings together over 450 organizations who each agree that we need more listening. The networks’ many members believe that when people listen first to understand each other, even if they don’t agree with what’s being said, society as a whole can benefit.
A great many people are hungry for more positive and rewarding interactions, especially with folks outside of their “tribe”. Listening and respectful interactions can often help to address misunderstandings, false information, distrust, and fear.
The organizations who make up Listen First work in many different ways to build justice and peace with a focus on bridging divides and finding constructive approaches to serious conflicts.
The networks’ different members are, in their own ways and at very different scales, trying to make it normal to listen, interpret generously, and seek common interests where possible, even when people think very differently.
To announce our joining the network, Listen First asked CFSC’s Matt Legge to discuss our bridge building efforts. Here’s a 2 minute video:
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