Research-based strategies to promote understanding
For U.C. Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center (GGSC), I spearheaded the Bridging Differences Playbook. Over 18 months, I worked with 100 leading experts, researchers and practitioners to distill 14 everyday practices to bridge differences in our work and life.
We launched the Playbook in June 2020, and more than 150,000 people downloaded it in the first two months. After publishing it, two large donors approached us. The first wanted to turn the Playbook into an online course – with a goal of teaching tens of thousands of people how to bridge differences in their lives. The other funder wrote a check for $1 million in unrestricted funding to continue our Bridging Differences work.
To refine the Playbook before our public launch, I convened two communities of practice: a group of 25 mayors and council members from cities across the U.S, and a group of 25 community leaders from national organizations like the YWCA. Through their feedback, we refined the Playbook to ensure it was aligned to current practices & realities.
Here are some other creative ways I'm bridging divides in the United States.