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How To Talk Politics Across the Current Divide

  • Odd Fellows Hall 545 Pacific Ave. Santa Rosa, CA (map)

How can we have constructive issue-focused conversations with people with whom we fervently disagree? This workshop will help us learn how to engage in productive and respectful conversations that lower communication barriers and allow for meaningful dialogues. Some of us may want to canvass in swing districts and be able to communicate persuasively with those who don’t share our views. Others may simply want to be able to talk to estranged friends and family members.

Sharon Ellison is the creator of the Powerful Non-Defensive Communication (PNDC) process and will show us in a fast-paced day how we can prompt others to be much more likely to drop their defenses, absorb what we're saying, and begin to voluntarily shift their positions.

Sharon has trained thousands of professionals, corporate and non-profit leaders and activists in a novel straightforward style of communication that avoids the pitfalls of our more instinctive adversarial approaches.

She is credited with helping the first woman governor of Oregon turn around her trailing campaign by training her to use these powerful, non-defensive communication skills. Sharon has worked with peace activists, helped defeat an anti-gay measure in Oregon and brought together LGBT and right-wing Christian leaders. She has participated in an international symposium focused on the role of language in international conflict resolution. Her workshop will help us learn these same skills.

Sponsored by Indivisible Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Sebastopol and Indivisible Sonoma County, the workshop is at Odd Fellows Hall at 545 Pacific Ave. Santa Rosa from 9:30 to 4:30, followed by an optional hour for questions. The cost is $20 and tickets are available through Brown Paper. All sales are final.