Acumen Presents: Krista Tippett on the Art of Conversation
What you'll learn
- Listen with presence
- Ask more generous questions
- Frame conversations with wonder and humility
- Move beyond a public discourse of certainty or absolutism
- Understand why achieving common ground should not always be the goal
- Learn how to hold more productive conversations in the service of social change
- This course is open to everyone
Our political debates, newspaper headlines, and internet comments are all too often stripped of nuance and a sense of shared humanity. Too many public conversations are stuck in polarized language of confrontation and certainty. We need new ways to foster dialogue with people across lines of religion, politics, ethnicity, and experience.
Since 2001 Krista Tippett has hosted conversations on the big questions of meaning for On Being, a radio program and podcast distributed to 400 public radio stations across the country. A Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and author of the recently published Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, she models a conversational style that elicits wisdom and cultivates generous listening. In 2014, she received the National Humanities Medal at the White House. Her conversation partners have ranged from clergy to social activists to poets and civil rights leaders.
In this breakthrough course, she challenges each of us to slow down and to listen. To embrace ambiguity. To find the difficult moments where real wisdom lies. This is a different kind of course, a master's take on reaching a deeper level of understanding. There are no quick answers here, no simple exercises. Instead, Krista will open your eyes (and ears) to a different way of engaging in the important conversations that can change everything.
Through a series of short video lessons, you'll learn about Krista's practices for becoming a generous listener and she'll impart lessons from some of the most skillful conversationalists of our time. Krista will teach you how to identify “bad” or confrontational questions and move to a style of inquiry that elicits more wisdom. She’ll uncover why moving towards “common ground” or “getting on the same page” should not actually be the goal of most conversations, and help you shift from caring only about issues to caring about the people you are conversing with. You’ll leave the course with an understanding of how you can approach your next conversation with a renewed sense of wonder and humility, rather than certainty or absolutism. Her collected wisdom will galvanize anyone looking to spark meaningful dialogue across lines of difference in the service of social change.
Note that this course consists of a set of short video lessons taught by Krista. The course materials also include exercises and links to relevant free podcast interviews that she has conducted for her On Being radio program.
Who this course is for:
- This course is for anyone who wants to hold more transformative and productive conversations that shift old topics to new places
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KRISTA TIPPETT is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author. She is the host of On Being, a radio show and podcast distributed to more than 400 stations across the country. On Being also consistently ranks among the top 50 podcasts on iTunes. Krista is the author of Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, published in April, 2016.
In 2014, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal by Barack Obama for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. On the air and in print, Ms. Tippett avoids easy answers, embracing complexity and inviting people of every background to join her conversation about faith, ethics, and moral wisdom."