After guiding many, many Hate2Debate workshops, we've heard affirming comments from our participants that are helpful for you to understand more of the experience you might have.
These are all real people who participated in our workshops, however due to privacy we often are asked
not to share full names
The experience for me highlighted how complex hot political issues actually are, how little I actually knew of the issue and its history, and how for many hot button topics I am not having direct conversations with others who have differing views. This process provided factual educational materials and reviews of political stereotypes one might fall into. The process was safe and encouraging and allowed for new perspective and understanding in direct conversations. Acceptance (not necessarily approval), validation, and appreciation of others in respectfully engaging brought an expanded sense of community: an improved skill for responding thoughtfully rather than simply reacting from high emotion.
Must every discussion be a debate? The answer is NO. Hate2Debate is designed to help participants find new ways of talking WITH, instead of at, one another…to engage in real dialogue. The experience is not about finding ways to win arguments but, rather, analyzing what we think we know and being willing to learn what we don’t know. It is a process that can equip anyone to become more confident about engaging with others about high conflict topics without allowing the conflict to control the discussion. I highly recommend Hate2Debate for people who are ready to move beyond regurgitating sound bites & memes and start engaging in honest, civil discourse.
Thank you again for hosting the Hate2Debate class I attended. I found it to be quite the learning experience in several areas. I realized I was much better at speaking and understanding my points of view and opposite points of view by doing current research on the topic.
Thanks for allowing me to participate. I found the experience educational as well as entertaining. I would like to quote a saying… ‘There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance — that principle is contempt prior to investigation,’ attributed to Herbert Spencer.
Thank you for the time well spent. I’m glad I was a part of it.