Better Outcomes will begin it's study of Marshal Rosenberg, PhD's work “Nonviolent Communication”. This book contains the most beautiful understanding of our potential for compassionate humanness in language, I have found.
Here is a YouTube clip that serves as a good introduction to NVC. When we are able to put together a Meetup, we will let you know.
It’s been 20 years since Deborah Tannen, PhD, warned us, in “the Argument Culture”, That our world assumes the best way to discuss an idea is to set up a debate. Our news presents the most extreme, polarized views as “both sides”. We settle disputes by litigation and begin an essay by criticizing. War metaphors pervade our speech and shape our thinking. Everything is framed as a game, a conflict or battle. It was bad then and, it’s worse now.
Technology; the Internet, TV, Radio and cell phones has made the level of negativity in our world dangerous. We are engaged, in the biggest verbal battle for political power and influence our world has ever seen. The negative, derogatory way our leaders talk about people and groups around the world make me think how trivial human life seems and how disinterested in others we have become.
Rabbi Kagan's and Marshall Rosenberg's works can help everyone individually learn to speak more positively. Our role models, politicians, are going to need encouragement. Our Candidate Conversations, Interviews and Town Hall meetings meet this need. There are explained here.