Milan Kordestani, the author of a new book called “I’m Just Saying”, is interviewed about his fresh views on civil discourse in divided communities– with the aim of fostering understanding and meaningful conversations beyond preconceived notions. Milan explains that many conversations today result in division and frustration because people focus on proving their own points rather than building relationships or finding common ground. He believes that social media and digital communication have contributed to the challenges in effective communication and connection.

The conversation touches on the importance of finding commonalities and building relationships, even in the face of disagreement. Milan shares his perspective that civil discourse has been impacted by social media and the fear of voicing dissenting opinions. He emphasizes the need for active listening and reflection as tools for productive conversations, urging people to ask “why” and understand different perspectives. The goal is to empathize with others and connect with them, rather than simply agreeing to disagree.

The hosts discuss the current state of civil discourse and the challenges posed by technology and social media platforms that curate content based on users’ preferences. They also touch upon the role of advertising and marketing in civic discourse, highlighting both the positive and negative impacts.

The conversation shifts to the importance of evolving and being open to learning and growth. Milan emphasizes the willingness to be wrong and change one’s opinions when presented with new information. He believes that teaching these values in schools and inspiring others through personal examples can help shift the paradigm of civil discourse.

The thought provoking episode concludes with a discussion on the diminishing number of close friends and the need for tools to work through personal issues and differences. Milan recommends active listening and reflection as crucial tools for navigating conversations. Find out more in the book. . . . “I’m Just Saying”.