Source: CBS News
Watch this video about how, despite having a history of racial tensions, the Boston Police Department is working closely with youths to find commonalities, easing tensions between officers and minorities, and avoiding the violence that is occurring in other U.S. cities.
Making friends with someone from a culture different from your own is a great way to expand your horizons. Read the article to learn what pitfalls to avoid.
Learn about this global organization that helps young people identify the challenges they can address in their own communities.
Source: Discover Corps
Learn about the benefits of volunteering as a family and the positive impact it has on our communities.
Source: National Geographic
Author Michael Finkel explains what drew him to the man he wrote about in his book The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit.
Former world debate champion and business strategist Julia Dhar argues that debating ideas instead of identities is the key to productive conversations.
Read how the organiation Narrative 4 pairs people around the world to hear each other’s story and then retell them.
Source: The Atlantic
Garry Wills, journalist and historian, recounts the events surrounding the Gettysburg Address and argues that Lincoln’s words changed the way Americans viewed country’s founding documents.
Source: Scientific American
The cultural differences between regions in the United States are as pronounced as the geographical ones. But how can we explain and describe the differences in attitudes, customs, and behaviors between states? This article describes one potential framework.
Source: NBC News
In this how-to column, the writer recommends connecting over small things before initiating deeper conversations.
Philosophy professor Kimberly Brownlee agrues that romanticized loners usually had some social grounding and that socializtion is needed in order to succeed.
A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is currently touring the country. Learn about its original design and intent.
Journalist and author Alex Wagner talks about her memoir, Futureface, which examines multiple identities and inconsistencies in family stories in order to find out where she belongs.
Source: Psychology Today
Psychologist Kathy Cramer offers advice on how to have a conversation with someone who has a differing viewpoint.
Source: USA Today
As many athletes and fans know, sports can unify people who don’t have much in common otherwise. This article explains how Nelson Mandela used rugby and other sports to help unify the people of South Africa after years of racial segregation.
Source: The New York Times
An opinion columnist gives his take on how finding common ground will help the United States move forward, together.
Source: Big Think
Music may bring people together, but how they experience it is individual. Watch the video for an explanation of how our cultural backgrounds influence the emotions music makes us feel.
Source: Business Insider
If it sometimes seems like Americans will never agree with each other, think again. Here’s a look at some surprising poll results.
An airline recently tackled Americans’ polarization head-on by challenging passengers to come to a unanimous agreement before their plane touched down.
Source: Voice of America
Learn about the traditions shared by the many different nations and tribes of modern Native Americans.