To create environments where people can share ideas and experiences in order to educate and empower one another for the betterment of society.
Founded in March of 2013 at Lander University, #WeNeedToTalk is a movement that promotes culture, consciousness, and social development. We focus on issues that divide humanity economically, socially, culturally, and politically by bringing people of different walks of life together through events. We do not aim to change individual ideologies but rather expose the similarities of all people who tend to focus on their differences. Whether you are black, white, male, female, rich, poor, heterosexual, homosexual, educated, or uneducated you are a human-being first, and your unique perspective on life should be considered a key contribution to society.
#WeNeedToTalk suggests that ‘We’ are unified by our humanity before the differences that divide us. There is a ‘Need’ for us ‘ToTalk’ so we can listen to each other and hopefully understand ourselves in order to eliminate negative prejudices, misconceptions, and misunderstandings.
Renowned theoretical physicist and philosopher David Bohm believed there was a better way for humanity to discover meaning and to achieve harmony. He identified creative dialogue, a sharing of assumptions and understanding, as a means by which the individual and society as a whole, can learn more about themselves and others, and achieve a renewed sense of purpose. We challenge attendees to think past their preconceived notions, and consider ideas both objectively and subjectively while utilizing empathy. Bohm once suggested, “Suppose we were able to share meanings freely without a compulsive urge to impose our view or conform to those of others and without distortion and self-deception. Would this not constitute a real revolution in culture?”