Can we agree to disagree in today's political and social climate? Is this even possible as we dig into our ideologies and points of view? At Up with People we certainly think it is possible to respectfully disagree with others that share different points of view. This month Up with People is proud to announce that we are partnering with the National Institute for Civil Discourse to offer a “Revive Civility” class for secondary and university students. Led by Up with People cast members, students will spend these classes in small group discussions, listening across differences for understanding. The class teaches active listening skills and the chance to practice having a conversation with someone you disagree with in a respectful and civil manner. Thankfully, there are 'best practices' we can all follow for a more civil conversation. Let’s explore these valuable tools below...
How Do We Keep Hope Alive?
By Eric Lentz and Michael Bowerman, co-writers of the Up with People show
How do you measure hope? In a recent edition of Time magazine, guest editor Bill Gates assembled articles from a diverse collection of writers and public figures, including Trevor Noah, Malala Yousafzai, Ava Duvernay and Bono to answer that question. A central theme ran true to all of the articles – despite what we may read in our daily news feeds, there is more reason for optimism today than there has been in decades.
No matter where you live in the world, it seems politics is bringing out the worst in us. Watching the news can leave one disillusioned and depressed at the state of things. Political polarization pits neighbor against neighbor. Simply having a civil conversation doesn't even seem possible anymore. According to the Pew Research Center, politics has divided us more than at any other point in the last two decades. These trends manifest themselves in a myriad of negative ways, both in politics and in everyday life.
Is there hope? If so, where can we find it?
Topics: World Tour News
It's not everyday you get to perform for the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, but that's what a group representing Up with People has the chance to do in December when they travel to Rome, Italy to perform on the stairs of St Peter's Basilica in front of thousands of people as part of the Papal Audience, the pope's weekly morning address.
Topics: World Tour News
So long Denver, hello Zionsville, Indiana, USA! The Cast B 2017 World Tour is underway. After their first five weeks in Up with People, the cast left Denver, Colorado early this morning a little sleepy, yet pumped up for all that is in front of them! Over the next 14 weeks their journey will include performances and community action projects in 16 cities across 4 countries. Here’s a link to their world tour schedule, including cites and dates.
The cast has come so far in a short time. They’ve evolved from strangers with a common interest to a tight knit community with a common goal that’s ready to make a difference in the world! The learning curve has been steep, but the journey will be incredible. Check out the video below to see how this cast has come together, growing as global citizens to help make a positive impact on the world.