The Many

A conversation across divides

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Why this conversation—and why now?

We live in a polarized nation. Many of us get our information from self-selected media silos that reinforce our beliefs. We may go months, even years, without engaging with the “other” America.

But we believe people have a hunger to communicate respectfully with and learn about those who have different positions and beliefs.

The Many is about making that happen, about engaging across difference — with personal stories, political discussions, and the sharing of hopes, ideas and questions.

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How does The Many work?

Women interested in taking part in a respectful conversation with other women who have different political, social and cultural beliefs and backgrounds will join a closed Facebook group, which will grow over time.

The Many will be closely moderated to support our participants in having  productive experiences. We partner with media organizations and reporters to provide information into the group and also tell stories out of it.

The Many will run until the mid-term elections in November 2018, allowing participants to explore their questions, concerns and hopes for the future over a sustained period of time.

Who is running this project?

The Many is a project of Spaceship Media that is funded by the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust and the News Integrity Initiative.

Spaceship Media uses Dialogue Journalism to help communities engage with tough issues, tackle polarization and rebuild trust in the media. We believe in starting by listening, recognizing our own preconceived ideas, and communicating respectfully across difference.

Spaceship has designed and moderated critical conversations across the country, including discussions about the Bay Area housing crisis, educational inequality in Washington state, immigration in California, race and the achievement gap in Alabama, and the divide between Clinton and Trump voters.  

Eve Pearlman and Jeremy Hay,
Spaceship Media founders
Eve Pearlman and Jeremy Hay, Spaceship Media founders

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