About The Civil Conversations Project
The Civil Conversations Project (CCP) is an emergent resource for renewing public discourse and nourishing common life in this century. The CCP began as a series of public radio shows and has become a portfolio within On Being’s body of work: radio shows, podcasts, live events, and digital offerings that open, inspire, and ground new spaces for conversation and relationship across the differences of our age.
The On Being media space draws a countercultural mix of humanity around subjects of meaning, personal and social change, and civic belonging. Our far-flung radio listeners, podcasters, and digital communities are counter-culturally cross-generational. Our content models substantive exchange across boundaries of theological and social ethics. The Civil Conversations Project interrogates “issues” in the larger context of social healing and human flourishing, and so draws on a breadth of perspectives, including wisdom and poetry as well as science and social entrepreneurism.
The early years of the CCP experimented with reframing dead-end, lightening rod debates around abortion, gay marriage, and conservative Christian activism. We partnered with the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota, the Danforth Center at Washington University in St. Louis, and the Brookings Institution. The live events and shows of that period are still used in families and churches, libraries and workplaces, and integrated into teaching from community colleges to Harvard Law School.
More recently, we have been focused on opening imaginations and inviting new ways in to the intimate/civilizational matters on which so many of us long for a national conversation that has not really begun: the human complexity behind racial and economic inequalities and all of their consequences, and the hard, necessary, life-giving work of creating new realities for the world we want all of our children to inhabit.