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Resolving Polarization

July 6 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT

Free

Polarization has become a significant issue in contemporary society, often leading to division and conflict rather than constructive dialogue. To address this problem, we are launching an initiative that leverages the tradition of Oxford Union debates and the innovative platform of Nymfs Forum. Our goal is to reduce polarization and foster a culture of open, respectful, and informed discussion.

 

Oxford Union Debates

The Oxford Union is renowned for its history of rigorous debate and intellectual discourse. By organizing a series of debates modeled after this prestigious institution, we aim to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to engage in meaningful conversations. These debates will:

– Encourage Critical Thinking: Participants will be prompted to think deeply about their own viewpoints and consider opposing arguments.

– Promote Understanding: By hearing directly from those with different opinions, participants can gain a better understanding of the complexities of various issues.

– Foster Respectful Dialogue: The format of these debates emphasizes respect and civility, ensuring that even the most contentious topics can be discussed without descending into hostility.

 

Nymfs Forum

Complementing the Oxford Union-style debates, Nymfs Forum will provide a digital platform for ongoing discussion and engagement. This forum will:

– Bridge Gaps: By allowing individuals to engage in conversations online, we can reach a broader audience and include those who may not be able to participate in live debates.

– Facilitate Continuous Dialogue: Unlike one-time debates, the forum allows for continuous, evolving discussions that can adapt to new information and changing perspectives.

– Encourage Diverse Participation: The online nature of the forum makes it accessible to a wide range of people, encouraging participation from various demographics and geographies.

 

Objectives

Our initiative aims to achieve several key objectives:

  1. Reduce Misunderstandings: By providing a platform for clear and respectful communication, we hope to reduce the misunderstandings that often fuel polarization.
  2. Build Empathy: Engaging with different perspectives helps build empathy, making it easier for individuals to see issues from others’ points of view.
  3. Promote Collaboration: Through constructive dialogue, we can identify common ground and promote collaborative solutions to shared challenges.
  4. Enhance Civic Engagement: By encouraging thoughtful discussion on important issues, we hope to enhance civic engagement and empower individuals to participate more actively in their communities.

 

Conclusion

Polarization is a significant barrier to progress, but through structured debate and continuous dialogue, we believe it can be overcome. By combining the rich tradition of Oxford Union debates with the accessibility and reach of Nymfs Forum, we aim to create a space where ideas can be exchanged freely and respectfully. Together, we can reduce polarization and build a more understanding, empathetic, and collaborative society.

Details

Date:
July 6
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT
Cost:
Free

Venue

Nymfs Forum

Organiser

Chantal Jager

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