Building Bridges: How do we listen to each other?

Are you frustrated by current civic discourse? Be part of the solution and join us in exploring how we talk to, listen and hear one another. In partnership with CU’s BoulderTalks, the City of Boulder is collaborating with the community to encourage an atmosphere of productive dialogue.

The ideas generated on this site and through facilitated in-person workshops (see Key Dates) will inform a group of community volunteers who will synthesize the input and design ways to activate a new culture of civic interaction.

For more information and to read the ideas generated and participant feedback from the four meetings that have been held to date, please visit our Building Bridges webpage.


We hope you will get involved using one of the tools below! Comments on the Forum and the Tell Us More page will be moderated by the webmaster before posting. Moderation guidelines can be found here.

Our online forum facilitators from BoulderTalks will be joining the discussion at least once a day. This is a new tool for us, so don't be afraid to let us know how you think it is going.

Are you frustrated by current civic discourse? Be part of the solution and join us in exploring how we talk to, listen and hear one another. In partnership with CU’s BoulderTalks, the City of Boulder is collaborating with the community to encourage an atmosphere of productive dialogue.

The ideas generated on this site and through facilitated in-person workshops (see Key Dates) will inform a group of community volunteers who will synthesize the input and design ways to activate a new culture of civic interaction.

For more information and to read the ideas generated and participant feedback from the four meetings that have been held to date, please visit our Building Bridges webpage.


We hope you will get involved using one of the tools below! Comments on the Forum and the Tell Us More page will be moderated by the webmaster before posting. Moderation guidelines can be found here.

Our online forum facilitators from BoulderTalks will be joining the discussion at least once a day. This is a new tool for us, so don't be afraid to let us know how you think it is going.

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    There is a common frustration that too much time can be spent in discussion when action is more important. On the other hand, moving more quickly to action can lead to a feeling of distrust that decisions have already been made and opportunities for collaboration were missed or deliberately skipped.

    How can we better manage the timelines of talk and action so we avoid frustration and distrust?



    There is a common frustration that too much time can be spent in discussion when action is more important. On the other hand, moving more quickly to action can lead to a feeling of distrust that decisions have already been made and opportunities for collaboration were missed or deliberately skipped.

    How can we better manage the timelines of talk and action so we avoid frustration and distrust?



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    We have heard that distinctions between facts and opinions/emotions are a source of tension. 

    On one hand, the facts of a situation are necessary to inform good decision-making. Misinformation and manipulation can undermine a community process.  On the other hand, facts can be used by skillful people to crowd out other community voices and dismiss community values, experience, and other ways of knowing.

    How can we come to agreement on a set of facts, as well as honor other types of input?


    We have heard that distinctions between facts and opinions/emotions are a source of tension. 

    On one hand, the facts of a situation are necessary to inform good decision-making. Misinformation and manipulation can undermine a community process.  On the other hand, facts can be used by skillful people to crowd out other community voices and dismiss community values, experience, and other ways of knowing.

    How can we come to agreement on a set of facts, as well as honor other types of input?


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    If we do a good job of listening to each other, what would that look like?

    If we do a good job of listening to each other, what would that look like?

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    If we do a good job of collaborating together to address community issues, what would that look like?

    If we do a good job of collaborating together to address community issues, what would that look like?

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    If community members, staff, council members, and board members trust each other, what would that look like?


    If community members, staff, council members, and board members trust each other, what would that look like?


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