“We Need to Talk”: Celeste Headlee

Posted By Linda Tucker on Feb 27, 2017 |

The need to truly listen to each other could not be more pertinent than it is today. And while it’s often easier to label, categorize, and surround ourselves with people who think the way we do, listening invites us to recognize our common humanity in those who hold a different perspective. However, listening doesn’t come naturally; rather, it takes practice and intention.

Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker, and vocalist spreading her timely message of how to have better conversations. She has appeared on NPR, PBS, CNN, and BBC, and if her viral TED Talk, which has been viewed over 6.5 million times, is any indication–we’re all seeking solutions for how to cross the divide to one another. Celeste reminds us that listening requires more than simply reacting from our biases. We must believe that listening has something to offer us. And, if we have any hope of moving forward peacefully that sounds like a good place to start.

We hope you’ll join us to hear how Celeste’s story shows us that:

  • Refusing to listen to one another leads to polarization
  • If we want to keep growing and expanding our understanding listening is key
  • Conversation is not an endorsement; granting someone else the space to speak their mind doesn’t necessarily mean you’re supporting what they’re saying
  • Listening is a conscious effort that takes practice and intention