30/30 DEI Challenge – Day 8

“How to Lead a Conversation Between People Who Disagree”

 TED Talk by Eve Pearlman

 Time: 9 min

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In this TED Talk, Eve Pearlman (journalist, founder of Spaceship Media) discusses her experience organizing “dialogue journalism” sessions: guided discourse on polarizing topics, with participants on opposing ends of the issue; she reveals the truly human nature of connection, even in disagreement, and the sore need for “real connection across difference”.

“The Danger of a Single Story”

 TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 Time: 18:30 min

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an acclaimed Nigerian author; In this TED Talk from 2009, she talks about the “single story” – the tendency of groups to categorize others by one story, one narrative; she reflects on her personal experience with the American story of Africans, as poor, disheveled, and in need, as well as her own misconceptions of other groups; the message imparted here is universal, and most certainly worth the watch.

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