OpenMind Content Overview

OpenMind’s content is grounded in evidence-based psychology. The online program takes users on a five-step journey that prepares them emotionally, psychologically, and practically for constructive engagement across differences. Each interactive step takes 15-20 minutes to complete. To view a detailed summary of the content covered in each of the steps, please click here.

Below is a brief description of the steps:

 

OpenMind Content Overview

OpenMind’s content is grounded in evidence-based psychology. The online program takes users on a five-step journey that prepares them emotionally, psychologically, and practically for constructive engagement across differences. Each interactive step takes 15-20 minutes to complete. To view a detailed summary of the content covered in each of the steps, please click here.

Below is a brief description of the steps:

 

Step 1

Why talk to people you disagree with? Discover how talking to people you disagree with can help you make wiser decisions and new discoveries.

Step 2

Cultivate intellectual humility. Learn how cultivating a mindset of humility and open-mindedness can help you achieve academic and personal success.

Step 3

Explore the irrational mind. Learn a little bit of psychology to see the tricks the mind plays on us, making us all prone to be self-righteous, overconfident, and quick to demonize “the other side.”

Step 4

Break free from your moral matrix. Uncover the power of the “moral matrix,” which helps explain where our moral differences come from and why moral or political disagreements can be so difficult.

Step 5

Prepare for constructive disagreement. Learn practical skills to turn the most difficult disagreements into productive conversations.
You can also visit our Resource Library to find more materials on these topics. The Resource Library includes a broad array of essays, videos, academic articles, and books that correspond to each of the five steps of OpenMind. Professors, or other community leaders, can draw from these resources to build their own curricula, or to provide a deeper exploration of any of the materials covered in the online program.
Additional Modules

These five steps serve as the “core” component of OpenMind. We believe OpenMind lays a strong preparatory foundation for exploring a variety of critical topics. As such, we will be releasing additional modules that can be layered on top of the core content of OpenMind. These add-on modules will take a deeper dive on an issue of relevance or they will focus on a particular cognitive skill. Forthcoming modules include:

  • The Moral Roots of Politics
  • Diversity
  • Responsible Social Media Use
  • Interfaith Dialogue
  • Empathy and Emotional Intelligence
  • Groupthink and Innovation
  • Creativity and Design Thinking
  • Dispelling Cognitive Distortions
  • Resilience and Grit
  • Critical Thinking
  • Habit Hacking

Step 1

Why talk to people you disagree with? Discover how talking to people you disagree with can help you make wiser decisions and new discoveries.

Step 2

Cultivate intellectual humility. Learn how cultivating a mindset of humility and open-mindedness can help you achieve academic and personal success.

Step 3

Explore the irrational mind. Learn a little bit of psychology to see the tricks the mind plays on us, making us all prone to be self-righteous, overconfident, and quick to demonize “the other side.”

Step 4

Break free from your moral matrix. Uncover the power of the “moral matrix,” which helps explain where our moral differences come from and why moral or political disagreements can be so difficult.

Step 5

Prepare for constructive disagreement. Learn practical skills to turn the most difficult disagreements into productive conversations.
You can also visit our Resource Library to find more materials on these topics. The Resource Library includes a broad array of essays, videos, academic articles, and books that correspond to each of the five steps of OpenMind. Professors, or other community leaders, can draw from these resources to build their own curricula, or to provide a deeper exploration of any of the materials covered in the online program.
Additional Modules

These five steps serve as the “core” component of OpenMind. We believe OpenMind lays a strong preparatory foundation for exploring a variety of critical topics. As such, we will be releasing additional modules that can be layered on top of the core content of OpenMind. These add-on modules will take a deeper dive on an issue of relevance or they will focus on a particular cognitive skill. Forthcoming modules include:

  • The Moral Roots of Politics
  • Diversity
  • Responsible Social Media Use
  • Interfaith Dialogue
  • Empathy and Emotional Intelligence
  • Groupthink and Innovation
  • Creativity and Design Thinking
  • Dispelling Cognitive Distortions
  • Resilience and Grit
  • Critical Thinking
  • Habit Hacking