While Americans face challenges unlike any other time in our history, the PodLab, WUTC and StoryCorps invite you to take part in One Small Step a nationwide initiative to help bridge political divides and strengthen communities, one conversation at a time.
In collaboration with StoryCorps and other community organizations throughout the Tennessee Valley we invite you to meet someone new — a fellow resident with different views from you, who you might never talk to otherwise — for a simple, personal, 50-minute conversation.
No matter their political leanings, a majority of Americans agree that divisiveness is a major problem impacting our ability to deal with the serious challenges facing our country. There is hope: A majority of Americans also say they are optimistic that our country can overcome political divisiveness in the years ahead. At a moment like this, aren’t we called to try to find a better way forward — together?
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is one of just six sites selected nationally to host One Small Step in 2022. With participant permission, these conversations will be preserved for future generations at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
Tested and safe, One Small Step conversations are:
- Hosted by a trained facilitator
- Seamless, powerful and respectful
- Archived as part of American history at the Library of Congress, if you choose
- Never shared without your permission
Do you believe we have more in common than what divides us? Have a conversation, and see for yourself.
One Small Step conversations are not to debate or convince. They’re simply a chance to break the ice: to talk about who we are as people, what we care about and our dreams for the future. Ask and answer questions like:
“Who has been the most influential person in your life? What did they teach you?”
“Is there someone you disagree with but still love or respect?”
“What are your fears or concerns about the future of our country?”
One Small Step helps us move beyond labels like "Democrat" and "Republican" and into the life experiences that shaped how each of us sees our world.
We’re teaming up with civic organizations, churches and other community groups and leaders to spread the word and connect Tennessee Valley residents from all backgrounds who are ready to take One Small Step. Do you want to get your group or organization involved in the effort? Contact Will Davis, [email protected] for more details.
We’ll be matching participants and hosting recorded conversations throughout 2022.