Why Are We So Polarized?

July 26, 2021  • Aspen Global Leadership Network

“As polarized and toxic as our civic and political life are right now, we don’t need fewer arguments. We just need less stupid ones.”

– Eric Liu, Founder of Citizen University & Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship & American Identity Program

What are the root causes of conflict and polarization? Are they fundamental to human nature or byproducts of the systems we have engineered for ourselves? Hear exactly how people get into high conflict situations and what it takes to transcend them to connect across difference from Eric Liu, Writer & Founder of Citizen University, Executive Director, Citizenship & American Identity Program, Amanda Ripley, author of High Conflict, and Rima Maktabi (Middle East Leadership Initiative Fellow), Bureau Chief in London, Al Arabiya. 

This conversation took place at the 2021 Resnick Aspen Action Forum’s Opening Plenary on Trust, Conflict, and Polarization. Explore other dialogues on trust building, creating equitable communities, and more.