Hastings women learn more on constructive dialogue

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hastings League of Women Voters met today to learn more about constructive dialogue and how it breaks down barriers within a community. Amy Sandeen, the executive director of the Prairie Loft Center, led the discussion in interactive exercises to guide them in how to develop engaging, constructive discussions with people they may not know.

The program is based on generating civility with groups and communities of all sizes. "This is one way that we might start delving into that to experiment with what that might look like for the community" Sandeen told Local4. She said that people grow through understanding one another, and building a greater sense of empathy.

Respect of other's experiences and perspectives is crucial to strong relationships. "The goal today was to get people talking together, having a shared experience, sharing ideas, and thinking about the different lenses that we all see the world through, and how we migh share those perspectives in a way that is vicariously experiencing other people's reality."

The Humanities Nebraska Council hopes to continue these discussions in other communities to improve day-to-day conversations.