Reducing Polarization Through Critical Thinking and Common Ground
Oct. 4, 2022
Large swaths of the population are finding it more difficult to listen to – let alone seek out – someone who does not agree with them. The ability of citizens and leaders to compromise and find common ground has always been central to a robust and thriving democracy. That requires listening to and engaging with ideas one might not understand or agree with. This is a central tenet of critical thinking: The ability to expand your perspective by looking at problems in different ways, from different vantage points. This is particularly important when working with others. Urban Rural Action is reducing polarization with critical thinking by helping people see other points of view through dialogue and the building of media literacy skills.