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By learning each other’s stories we earn each other’s trust

In a society deeply divided into tribalism, rehumanizing is the first step towards opening communication and forging a way forward together.
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Remember, you don’t fear people whose story you know. Real listening always brings people closer together. Trust that meaningful conversations can change your world. Rely on human goodness. Stay together.
— Margaret J. Wheatley

Take a few minutes to consider Margaret Wheatley’s reminder about the power of stories that connect us. Recent studies show that interacting face to face with a group you consider to be “other” can help to reduce prejudice. How? By learning each other’s stories and earning each other’s trust.

In a society deeply divided into tribalism, rehumanizing is the first step towards opening communication and forging a way forward together. Oftentimes what keeps us separated is our ideas about other people — so letting go and deeply listening, enjoying the revelation of another person, can be transformative for people on all sides.