How This Project Came to Be

Do you know that the root meaning of the word “conversation” is to engage the opposite or converse point of view? In your interactions with others, you likely have learned that genuine conversation requires that both people listen and respect the other person’s views.

The goal of great conversation is not primarily to persuade the other that you are right. The goal is to open your mind in order to hear, understand, appreciate and value the other person’s perspective. For this reason, our new initiative, to promote mutual respect and understanding, is named Conversation Builds Character.

Today, more than ever, there is a need to help students and adults achieve higher levels of dialogue, to find lasting solutions to injustice and intolerance and seek the common ground of human dignity and respect.

The goal of great conversation is not primarily to persuade the other that you are right. The goal is to open your mind in order to hear, understand, appreciate and value the other person’s perspective.

Fostering Mutual Respect and Understanding

Conversation Builds Character is an educational initiative to encourage people to embrace their role in creating a better society by engaging in important issues, reflecting on the past and learning from one another.

This program is designed to empower future leaders who embody openness, strength of character and moral conscience.

We invite you to read on, to learn how this program can benefit your community by fostering mutual respect and understanding, in order to bring about real, lasting change.

This program is designed to empower future leaders who embody the openness, strength of character and moral conscience needed to build a better society for all.

Historical Context

The Holocaust was a cruel and deadly event that bears investigation. The founders of Conversation Builds Character are dedicated to fostering an understanding and deep appreciation for the societal conditions that led to the terrors of the Holocaust.

The Holocaust and other instances of genocide are examined in this program as historical examples to illustrate the deep and abiding forces that can take hold in a society and turn it to unimaginable cruelty.

The Holocaust is the prime example of how intentional and horrific behaviors of a few, passively and actively enacted by many, evolved into mass murder carried out by a fascist state. The Holocaust and other instances of genocide are examined in this program as historical examples to illustrate the deep and abiding forces that can take hold in a society and turn it to unimaginable cruelty.

This is not, however, a Holocaust education initiative. Many resources are available for those interested in studying or teaching the causes of mass genocide. Instead, this program aims to inform and support key stakeholders and decision makers who value the importance of seeking a more equitable society for all.