In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, Americans are discovering that they are more deeply divided than they had realized. Rising cross-partisan hatred is intensifying an “us versus them” attitude that motivates people to accept the worst possible version of the other side’s beliefs, and the most flattering version of their own. These visions are distorted and counterproductive, particularly in universities where the clash of ideas could be so conducive to learning and growth.
The OpenMind Platform provides a set of tools which universities, organizations, and corporations can use to depolarize their communities and foster a culture of mutual understanding across differences. OpenMind is a free, online psychology-based curriculum designed to help individuals cultivate intellectual humility and open-mindedness, while equipping them with skills to discuss sensitive topics and grow from encountering intellectual diversity.