one small step

As the American political divide continues to grow, most of us tend to follow a path that matches our beliefs because we know where it leads.

Utah Public Radio (UPR) recently launched a new program that challenges listeners to explain their belief system and how we establish our political ends. And they’re looking for Uinta Basin residents who are interested in participating.

One Small Step” aims to record “meaningful, respectful conversations between people who hold different political and cultural beliefs,” according to a press release.

The point of these conversations is not to debate policy, change minds, or talk politics. The project’s goal is for folks to share personal stories that shaped their beliefs in the hope that they will simply learn more about their differences – and their similarities.”

Some of the conversations will be broadcast in Utah and others will become part of the Library of Congress, according to Tom Williams UPR program director.

UPR is planning to travel around Utah in early July recording conversations with the hope of helping people realize that we have much more in common than we think we do. “The One Small Step Project pairs people with differing beliefs to try to find common ground through questions like; “Was there a moment, event or person in your life that shaped your political views?” And; “What scares you most when you think about the future?”

UPR seeks to counteract intensifying political divides by facilitating and recording conversations that enable people who disagree to listen to each other with respect. Anyone interested in having a One Small Step conversation is invited to visit upr.org and fill out a questionnaire. UPR will then take your responses and, if selected, match you up with a conversation partner.

For more information contact Dani Hayes at dani.hayes@usu.edu

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