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  • Writer's pictureCatherine Norton

Common Ground

We know how hard it is to change each other's opinions, and yet we try anyway, right?

Why not listen for the problem as the person sees it, and state it. "Okay, so you are concerned with (e.g., fair elections), is that right?" The other person should feel heard and validated. Perhaps they nod.

Then shift from blame to a solution with a question like, "What do you think we can do locally to ensure (e.g., elections are fair)?

This is how we shift an argument to a discussion.

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