Strong Leaders, Stronger Communities
You know that change doesn’t just happen. It takes dedication and perseverance. It takes courage. Change means making tough choices. Daring to be different. Challenging the status quo. Change happens when we empower people to think critically. To engage new ideas. To act responsibly and to lead boldly.
Conversation Builds Character encourages people to engage in meaningful, sometimes difficult conversations and to learn to value the views of others – especially those who are different from them. Over time, participants gain the skills and insights needed to be strong leaders who embody openness, strength of character and moral fortitude, to help build stronger communities.
Conversation Builds Character encourages people to engage in meaningful, sometimes difficult conversations and to learn to value the views of others – especially those who are different from them.
Students will learn to:
- Think critically: Reflect, analyze, understand and appreciate other viewpoints
- Act responsibly: Choose to make a difference through words and actions
- Lead courageously: Take bold action to promote justice and the common good
Many academic disciplines foster critical thinking. The mastery of the skills and disciplines necessary to read well and comprehend interrelated concepts is indispensable in thinking critically. The ability to express one’s ideas cogently and clearly will advance the depth of the person’s understanding and enable him or her to share it with others.
While a variety of philosophical underpinnings shape critical thinking, communication – reading, speaking, writing and creative expression – provides the foundation for a reasonable and informed viewpoint.
Conversation provides the foundation for a reasonable and informed viewpoint.
When a reasoned argument is advanced courageously, it must be proposed in a responsible, respectful manner. This requires a moral understanding of right and wrong, what is legal and illegal, just and unjust. The collective values of a society and the mutually agreed-upon beliefs of a culture combine to create a strong moral landscape for conversation and the building up of character.
A clear understanding of key historical events helps students recognize the implications of human actions and non-actions – both in the past and in the present day. Some of the societal and behavioral dynamics that led to the Holocaust and similar atrocities still exist today. It is crucial for people to learn from history in order to confront intolerance and end division in our society.
Leading does not mean being first or acting as if one path is the best. Leading means taking the time to think through one’s beliefs and the perspectives of others, and then taking action to advance the common good of a community.
Leaders know that they may or may not prevail. Examples abound of inventors, explorers, statesmen and politicians who did not succeed on their first attempts. Often, only after numerous acts of courageous failure were they successful and recognized as leaders.
Desired Outcome and Measurable Results
Conversation Builds Character aims to promote reflection, analysis and discussion around important issues in order to empower people to embrace their leadership potential, no matter their status or position. Each of us can lead. Each of us can make a difference and bring about positive change.
The founders of Conversation Builds Character recognize the importance of tracking, analyzing and reporting the results of any educational program or resource. For this reason, key metrics have been developed to show the effectiveness of the program. Once sufficient data has been compiled, reports will be published to demonstrate success and to show the impact on student participants and school communities.
Conversation Builds Character aims to promote reflection, analysis and discussion around important issues in order to empower people to embrace their leadership potential, no matter their status or position.