When we're trying to make sense of our world, every question comes with a set of assumptions about the nature of ourselves and our place in a larger world. If democracy begins in conversation, then we need to nurture a culture where ordinary people routinely talk about those things that help us understand each other whether about climate, race, religion, gender, sex or politics
The ability to listen and to ask generous questions brings out the best in those asking, as well as those answering. A beautiful question then is an ambitious yet actionable question that can begin to shift the way we feel, perceive, or think about something or someone.
Do we have the capacity to disagree with someone in a way that isn’t designed to shut them down? Can we find a common language around beliefs and values? Can we learn to speak to communities that can’t speak to each other and fill “structural holes,” where we can build bridges of understanding?