Mr. Davis is an R&B & blues musician, author and band leader. As an African-American he has engaged and befriended many members of the Ku Klux Klan over the last three decades and has helped dozens of KKK members leave the organization. Davis has summed up his advice as: “Establish dialogue. When two enemies are talking, they’re not fighting.”
Mr. Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, public speaker, author and reformed violent extremist. His life’s work bears witness to an ongoing and profound need to atone for his past and to make something positive out of his time on earth. In 2009, Christian co-founded Life After Hate, a nonprofit dedicated to helping others counter racism and violent extremism.
Dr. Gonzales is a psychologist, leader and trainer in nonviolent communication. NVC assumes that we are all compassionate beings and that violence, whether verbal or physical, is a learned behavior. NVC leads to greater authenticity in communication, increased understanding, deepening connection and conflict resolution.
The Vander Pol Family
After learning from those who teach empathetic connection, director Jon Vander Pol will meet with his extended family with whom he has deep disagreements over politics and culture. These relationships have been strained by vehement disagreements over their support for Donald Trump. This is where the real journey of madness to forgiveness and understanding takes place.
Ms. Otero is a patent attorney in the Denver, Colorado area. She founded Ad Fontes Media to meet the demand for a reliable map of the news landscape, which was revealed when she published the first Media Bias Chart in 2016. The chart went viral on social media and has been a staple of the bias in media dialogue ever since.
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