Outrage 29 – How Outrage Addiction Hijacked Our Conversations – Peter Coleman

Join me for a captivating conversation with Dr. Peter T. Coleman, renowned expert on social conflict and author of the acclaimed book, “THE WAY OUT: HOW TO OVERCOME TOXIC POLARIZATION”. Dive deep into the heart of polarization, uncovering its dangers and understanding how it fuels our collective “outrage addiction.”

This isn’t just a lecture; it’s a roadmap to understanding. Dr. Coleman illuminates the path towards bridging divides and sparking empathy across lines of difference. Discover:

  • The power of individual responsibility: Learn how your own actions, however small, can contribute to or break down social barriers.
  • Finding the Way Out Challenge: Explore this practical framework for fostering dialogue and understanding in your own community.
  • Beyond “fight or flight”: Move past knee-jerk reactions and unlock the power of nuanced, compassionate approaches to conflict.
  • The magic of movement and connection: Witness how shared physical activities can loosen hardened attitudes and build bridges between unlikely allies.
  • Institutions as changemakers: Discover how schools, workplaces, and social organizations can adapt these strategies to foster a more connected, inclusive environment.

Dr. Coleman’s message is one of hope and action. This interview provides a blueprint for individuals and organizations alike to combat polarization, heal divisions, and build a more just and equitable society.

Listen and embrace the transformative power of understanding.

Dr. Peter T. Coleman is Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University where he holds a joint-appointment at Teachers College and The Earth Institute. Dr. Coleman directs the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR), is founding director of the Institute for Psychological Science and Practice (IPSP), and is co-executive director of Columbia University’s Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4).


Peter T. Coleman, Ph.D. (Columbia University)

The Way Out (Columbia University Press)

Polarization Detox Challenge

How Americans Can Tackle Political Division Together (Time Magazine)

The Flip Side (free daily email with the most thoughtful points from the left, right, and in-between)

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