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Politics and the Art of Communication
August 13, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Led by Rick Longinotti, Marriage and Family Therapist and political activist.
Preregistration is required as seating is limited. Donations accepted. Register here.
Do you notice that our local politics has something in common with the disharmony in Washington DC?
If you would like to contribute your part in transforming our local political climate, you’re part of a strong American tradition of building bridges of empathy over the chasms that divides us. This tradition includes the Quakers in William Penn’s colony who lived in peace for 118 years with their Native American neighbors. It includes Lincoln’s expression of “malice toward none, charity towards all” even after the bloodbath of the Civil War. It includes the movement led by Martin Luther King, who had “a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”
In the tradition of building bridges, Nonviolent Communication, developed by Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D., is a tool for political speech that can be both powerful in bringing awareness to transforming injustice while building connection across differences. It’s been a revelation to me, since I used to think that my communication would lose persuasiveness if I got rid of the rhetorical flashes.
Join us for this Join us for this outdoor workshop where we can practice social distancing. We’ll use role plays to experiment with political speech that is both powerful and connecting. I’ll be practicing how to respond to recent accusations that my latest political effort is dishonest, NIMBY, etc.
Optional readings for the workshop: