Dialogue Across the Divide


Would you like to see genuine dialogue among people from across the political spectrum? Do you know in your heart that we must find a way to move past political position taking and talking points to address the challenges we face in a healthy and sustainable way?

We have been facilitating such dialogues online with Zoom videoconferencing and in public spaces at rallies and protest events with our Empathy Tent. We do this to break down stereotypes and create a space for more understanding among people across the political spectrum. We have been successful at this because we use a structured listening process called an Empathy Circle that allows everyone to speak and be heard to their satisfaction. The circles can be intense. As long as you are willing to listen you may express yourself freely. Genuine understanding and connection can be the result.

We invite you to engage in real dialogue. We think you will find it deeply engaging. Are you interested in creating more real and honest dialogue in politics? Are you willing to take a step forward in doing that? If so, please sign up to join us and other brave souls in doing just that.

You would be providing important leadership on a path that is critical to the health of our country.

Online Dialogue

We host online Empathy Circles. Some of the our circles are with people who are influencing the public conversation.

We hosted a dialogue before an August 2017 rally in San Francisco between opposing organizers.

We held several Empathy circles with James Damore.

This dialogue is between James Damore and female tech person Indy Young.

Engagement with the Political Process

The Empathy Tent and Bridge USA Berkeley sponsored a Radical Empathy Forum to model a dialogue where listening is valued rather than a more typical competitive style debate.

California Assembly District 15 candidates discuss empathy in politics


The Empathy Tent team engages in teaching the Empathy Circle practice to a wide variety of groups both face-to-face and online. This strengthens individual listening skills, spreads the use of structured dialogue practice, and helps to build a culture of empathy.

Participating in a student led class on Empathy

A relaxed moment at During Free Speech Week