We visited Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, WI last month. It was the fourth time we have worked with their Office of Student Involvement and there’s something special about coming back to a community where you’ve been before.

We asked students and staff, “How do you seek understanding of others during these divisive times?”

The process needs to be intentional. The Hippocratic Oath of “Do no harm” is not enough. We need to actively move the needle in the other direction.

Of course, do no harm. That’s sort of the bare minimum. But how do we go one step farther and actually create healing? How do we look at the status quo and improve upon it? How do we assess the challenges and consider the solutions and make forward progress together?

As we come to the close of 2022, I hope it’s a question we can all consider in the new year. How do we respond to the divided world we live in? How can we create healing and reweave the social trust in our society?

3 thoughts on “Understanding

  1. Wonderful work. Thank you for sharing. It is very inspiring to know so many people are working for the good of all.

  2. It continues to be a joy to follow you, John in this work. This angle of listening and understanding really cuts to the core of relationship and community building. The words they shared can apply to individuals and communities.. and countries. Oh if only. Thank you. Many blessings on this good work. Marlene (Jezierski)

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