Description:  “We have been going regularly to the local train station for five years wearing t-shirts bearing questions: one always reads, “What’s Your Opinion?” and the other might be, “Should We Have Gone to War?” or some other provocative question. Such questions are a non-threatening invitation to people who are ready to approach us and share their views on policy issues and how they came to hold them. As we listen with interest and respect, people vent feelings and, then, often become more free to think anew. People appreciate being listened to without interruption. If their opinion is listened to with respect, then their “suspicion” of talking to someone who may have a differing viewpoint quickly evaporates…Our names are Dan and Trey. We are two friends who, during the buildup toward war with Iraq in the fall of 2002, felt that not enough people were talking about this vital issue. We thought that such an action, which surely would cost our nation money and lives, merited discussion among Americans of all political persuasions. It is our belief that people do their own best thinking when they are listened to with respect. We decided, as concerned citizens, to create a forum for discussion on the topic of war and all related issues. We have conducted this project without the sponsorship of any political group.”

Weblink http://www.publiclisteningproject.org/index.html

Resource Type(s):  Full Website, Local Training

Location:  (Universal) USA

Accessibility:  Online-Free, Offline-paid

Wellness Domains:  Earth, Earthlings, Human Society, Personal

Wholesome Practices Promoted:  Dialogue/Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Self-reflection/transform.

Harmful Practices Critiqued:  Military/Weapon Industry