This Will Work For Food presentation is on: The partisan divide in the United States has widened to a chasm. Legislators vote on party lines and rarely cross the aisle. Political polarization is personal too—and it is making us miserable. Surveys show that Americans have become more fearful and hateful of supporters of the opposing political party and imagine that they hold much more extreme views than they actually do. We have cordoned ourselves off: we prefer to date and marry those with similar opinions and are less willing to spend time with people on the other side. How can we loosen the grip of this toxic polarization and start working on our most pressing problems? The Way Out offers an escape from this morass.

The social psychologist Peter T. Coleman explores how conflict resolution and complexity science provide guidance for dealing with seemingly intractable political differences. Deploying the concept of attractors in dynamical systems, he explains why we are stuck in this rut as well as the unexpected ways that deeply entrenched oppositions can and do change. Coleman meticulously details principles and practices for navigating and healing the difficult divides in our homes, workplaces, and communities, blending compelling personal accounts from his years of working on entrenched conflicts with lessons from leading-edge research. The Way Out is a vital and timely guide to breaking free from the cycle of mutual contempt in order to better our lives, relationships, and country.


The Will Work For Food programs are presented primarily by and for attorneys, mediators and arbitrators. Each Thursday at 8am Pacific an amazing colleague joins us to give a webinar presentation about a timely topic. These programs are free. You can join us for all or one. We don’t ask you to pay for these invaluable webinars, instead we hope that you’ll make a donation of any size to your local food bank. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Mr. Coleman has encouraged to you to support West Side Campaign Against Hunger at


Will Work For Food was created by Natalie Armstrong-Motin ( ) and is moderated by Jeff Kichaven ( ) and Jean Lawler ( )


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