Ia��ve done two conversations towards #agoodquestion so far, but Ia��ve already learnt a lot. Here are some practical tips to self.
Finding people to ask is the hardest thing. You can feel torn between wanting to go far beyond your usual networks of like-minded people but also scared of making that approach. But there are some easier approaches. Think about people in your extended family or old friends you havena��t seen in a long while. Ask people you know if they know someone they could introduce you. Or be ready for an opportunity to present itself.
People dona��t actually need to be very different from you politically. Youa��ll home in on the differences that are most interesting to you both in the course of the conversation.
Ia��ve asked people so far by saying Ia��ve taken on a challenge towards having a better quality of conversation about politics, with someone who might be a little bit different politically. That the differences are positive. And that ita��s not about trying to win an argument but rather trying to find questions that we both agree are good questions, and those are the only ones we have to answer.
I think ita��s really important to make clear ita��s a thing – a challenge, a project, a whatchamacallit – which gives you both permission to do this.
In both conversations Ia��ve had so far, wea��ve spent most time just talking about where wea��re coming from politically, and then finishing off by picking a good question to ask each other. Rather than the tennis match of questions I was expecting. But I think I have most enjoyed the feeling that wea��re in this conversation together.
I think that if a conversation is shared online, the basics are to distinguish peoplea��s politics in a nutshell and then the good questions that were asked. You can do that in 3 lines, literally. Anything else is a bonus. Dona��t be put off by my lengthy diaries. Thata��s just me.
Ia��m bloody hopeless at making websites. I have had the url for ages and been struggling with a virtual server to get wordpress installed. I will get it done soon, and then the rest of the online infrastructure for sharing. That has hampered me getting more people involved.
I am now aiming to have 12 conversations before the election, and I will get bolder. Ia��m going to invite more people directly to take part. And I am contemplating a live event to gather people to do it together.