The Story Behind Bridging the Divide

by the Bridging the Divide team

Being stuck in any chamber is undesirable, and echo chambers are no different. With the ascent of social media, these echo chambers have become digitized, making self-segregation easier and meaningful communication with people holding different viewpoints harder.

Born out of the shared frustration of people’s refusal to listen to one another during the contentious 2016 presidential election, we started Bridging the Divide in December 2016. While there were dark moments where we witnessed people blatantly shutting others down based solely on their political identity, there were brighter moments where we’ve seen people on the opposite ends of the spectrum come together.

Our goal is to facilitate meaningful face-to-face dialogue between people with different viewpoints, breaking down the barriers that may have prevented empathy and idea exchange. These conversations can encompass a wide range of topics, from immigration to environment.

We are excited to share the first video in our ongoing series. In this video, Sean, a photographer, and Kevin, a student at Boston College, discuss the size of the U.S. government.

Steve Provizer moderates a conversation between Sean Gold and Kevin McConnell about the size of the U.S. government.
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