Gun rights versus gun control. Pro-choice versus pro-life. Welfare versus social protection. Whatever the topic, the language we use influences how we understand values behind it. Too often, lines are drawn before we even begin a dialogue. Conversations around most critical public health issues today are happening from a place that presupposes polarizing camps. And it’s not getting us anywhere. How can we shift from a “this or that” mentality to a “yes, and” approach? What would it look like if we began conversations with new language that assumes commonality and shared values? Imagine if we redesigned conversations to breed collaboration, not division?
- 2019 Health