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Bridge-building does not mean that you always agree with the other person or find common ground with them.
Bridging doesn’t mean abandoning your beliefs or values.
Bridging involves the cooperation of people, even when people have opposing views.
When we think about bridging differences, we usually think about big gestures or breakthrough conversations. However, much of the work happens beforehand.
To ensure inner work, we often need to cultivate the right mindsets and develop better intrapersonal skills that can build the capacity for more positive interactions with other people and groups.
To bridge differences, you need to accept that you don't have all the answers nor that your view is the absolute right one.
Humble people show greater openness to other people's views and experiences.
Bridging might involve trying to overcome a history of conflicts or creating an alliance between once-opposing groups to work toward a common goal.
The psychological and emotional distance someone needs to travel determines the time it will take to build trust to cross the bridge. Dealing with the smaller concerns first is good practice toward the more complicated issues.
It's is questionable and counterproductive to ask people to bridge differences when they're being discriminated against or denied social power.
It could be harmful to forge a connection with someone who fundamentally denies your right to exist or threatens you with violence.
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