How to Disagree Productively and Find Common Ground

Some days, it feels like the only thing we can agree on is that we can’t agree — on anything. Drawing on her background as a world debate champion, Julia Dhar offers three techniques to reshape the way we talk to each other so we can start disagreeing productively and finding common ground over family dinners, during work meetings, and in our national conversations.

As you watch this video, consider the following questions:

  • What examples does Dhar give to show that public discourse is broken?
  • What do people who disagree most productively do first?
  • Why does she claim it’s so hard for people to disagree productively?
  • How do you think the practice of debate relates to your future workplace?


Pause for a moment and think about the positive relationships in your life and what those people mean to you.



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