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Bridging differences is not to convert people to your ideological position.
Bridging is trying to understand someone else's perspective. It requires asking them questions and seeing the world through their eyes.
Bridging doesn’t mean abandoning your beliefs or values.
Bridging involves the cooperation of people, even when people have opposing views.
Bridging differences means finding ways to create positive dialogue and understanding across race, religion, political ideology, etc.
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.
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.
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.
Bridge-building does not mean that you always agree with the other person or find common ground with them.
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.
Bridging often requires taking risks and exposing vulnerability. When you really hear someone else's views, you may even risk being influenced by what you hear.
The willingness to be transformed is necessary to do authentic bridging work.
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