Archive for November 16th, 2006

Communist Manifesto Set to Animated Greats

November 16, 2006

This has been making the rounds. It is now on the technorati home page. See it while you can—I’m sure the copyright holders will have it off YouTube in no time.

Red and Blue Volunteers Needed

November 16, 2006

Laura Chasin of Public Conversations Project sent me this link about a new experiment they are running. They are managing a facilitated online dialogue between people with different political points of view. The purpose of this effort is to “reduce invective debate and [to] set the stage for the deeper dialogue [that is] so necessary to…solving the problems our nation faces.”

I participated in a different PCP dialogue (live, not online) years ago, and I have to say it was extremely rewarding. Before the dialogue, I was terribly worried about it, because I was afraid of

  • insulting someone
  • being insulted
  • losing an argument
  • getting angry
  • making someone else angry

PCP has a fascinating system for preventing all these unpleasant things from happening. Their process has its roots in family therapy.

They need several hundred volunteers to try the online experiment. Time commitment: about 2-3 hours over a period of 2 weeks.