Author Archives: Jacob Hess

Thanks to those who participated in our survey last month - exploring your interests, hopes and suggestions for the new year!  We wanted to share five standout themes from the results below.   1. We’re not the only ones concerned at what’s happening in our country’s current ability to connect across difference:    I think people's inability to talk about differences is destroying families, decency, and democracy. People sometimes converse more with those who already agree with Read More...

"It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question." - Eugene Ionesco Twenty seven years ago, after watching a televised debate evolve from "disrespectful to angry to chaotic," Laura Chasin asked a brilliant question.  Posed to her family therapist colleagues at the Family Institute of Cambridge, Laura asked in essence:  "Could the same methods that help families have safe, constructive conversations in counseling sessions also help people talk with each other in situations where there Read More...

The practice of dialogue itself has a unique power to begin shifting dynamics between us (similar to what the practice of mindfulness meditation does within us). Most people who let themselves sit in dialogue with ‘those people’ (whoever that is), come away with a better understanding of how and why someone else might feel or see or experience things differently (without being the devil incarnate!) Read More...