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Project Connect–Tribalism 102: Tribalism, Media and Social Media
May 7, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm PDT
Conversations for Change: Upcoming Living Room Conversations to discuss national and local issues!
Do you have an interest in hearing the stories of people with differing perspectives? Do you want to share your story, your perspective with them? No debate–just respectful speaking & listening with a trained host to facilitate.
What we’re about
This Meetup Group, hosted by members of Project Connect, a non-profit affinity team of Finding Common Ground & Santa Cruz Indivisible, that uses a process called “Living Room Conversations” https://www.livingroomconversations.org/ to foster greater understanding among individuals who may have different viewpoints.
In a Living Room Conversation, a small group of people comes together to get to know one another in a more meaningful way. Guided by a simple and sociable format, participants practice being open and curious about all perspectives, with a focus on learning from one another, rather than trying to debate the topic at hand.
Project Connect has been working hard over the past few months to partner with our Public Library System to resume our monthly Conversations for Change. We had been seeking a permanent location as well as a way to increase our outreach. The Santa Cruz Public Library staff have been amazing and welcoming to us and will help with advertising and sign-ups through their system. We are very grateful for all their support. Registration is required (no cost) and space is limited. So you can register for the events listed below by following the links to the Library events page. Read more…
We are looking forward to seeing you there!
From the Project Connect Team
Arline, Barbara, Gayle, Lynn, Mary, Mary Lou & Nikki
This Conversation takes a look at the relationship between tribalism, news sources, and the public good.
At its best, social media strengthens positive ties within social groups (tribes) and facilities the sharing of special life events. But there can be a darker side to the intersection of social media and tribalism. Tribalism is defined by the behavior and attitudes that stem from strong loyalty to one’s group. While people on the left and right may disagree on many things, they often agree tribalism is bad for our politics and bad for our country. Although most people want communities where people are treated with respect, respectful interactions often are not what we experience in the media. How do we become more informed consumers of news and social media?