We are stuck, we are a nation divided. By most accounts, America is more politically polarized today than ever before in our history. As a result, we cannot even begin to agree on what our national priorities should be. On a personal level, many of us are feeling much colder toward, and more contemptuous and fearful of, those on the other side of the political divide, while feeling a much greater sense warmth, liking and loyalty for members of our own party. We the People have become two hostile tribes that each view the other side as unintelligent, lazy, dishonest, immoral, close-minded, and as actively trying to harm our country. This talk will offer practical strategies and actions that can be taken to get on with our lives and with the work of our nation. Lunch will be served.
Dr. Peter T. Coleman is Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University, where he holds a joint-appointment at Teachers College and The Earth Institute. Dr. Coleman directs the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution and is executive director of Columbia University’s Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity. He is a renowned expert on conflict resolution and sustainable peace. His current research focuses on conflict intelligence and systemic wisdom as meta-competencies for navigating conflict constructively across all levels (from families to companies to communities to nations).