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Will the 2024 election rip America apart? Here’s how we can hold it together.

Kristin Hansen • February 3, 2024 • 8 min read

The difference in this presidential election cycle is how raw and bruised we Americans are already feeling toward each other, after years in which the ‘rage meter’ has been dialed to 11. Kristin Hansen | Opinion contributor Originally published in USA TODAY on Wed, Jan 31, 2024 Six years ago, I quit my private sector […]

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New leadership announced to bridge America’s divides through entertainment

Kristin Hansen • September 12, 2023 • 5 min read

Steven Olikara named president of Bridge Entertainment Labs (BEL) to elevate “new stories of us” BEL harnesses popular entertainment to humanize Americans across difference LOS ANGELES – Bridge Entertainment Labs, a non-profit organization dedicated to leveraging the power of entertainment to reduce America’s divisions and strengthen democracy, announced today the appointment of Steven Olikara as […]

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Bridging Divides in the Workplace Recording: National Week of Conversation 2023

Cambria Findley-Grubb • May 2, 2023 • 2 min read

Toxic polarization isn’t only on Twitter. Many companies are witnessing first-hand how contentious social and political issues create workplace conflict and reduce productivity. It’s a bottom-line business issue, and corporate leaders are seeking solutions. How can businesses help repair America’s social fabric — both in and out of the workplace? Hear from experts on how […]

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America doesn’t need a national divorce. We need marriage counseling.

Kristin Hansen • April 10, 2023 • 6 min read

Recent calls for a “national divorce” got a lot of attention. Congresswoman Greene wasn’t alone, of course, in suggesting it’s time to pull the plug on the rapidly fraying, increasingly exhausting relationship between “red” and “blue” America. Secessionist fever is on the rise in states like California, Oregon, and Texas. Governors and statehouses in red […]

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Higher Ed’s Delicate Dance: Safeguarding Freedoms and Stewarding Culture

Kristin Hansen • March 21, 2023 • 7 min read

How is your alma mater reconciling its commitments to free speech, academic freedom, inclusion, and belonging? Perhaps, like many of us, you’re watching your alma mater grapple with hard questions about how to honor principles of free speech and preserve academic freedom, while also stewarding cultural norms of respect, inclusion, and belonging. In theory, at […]

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