Epoch Conversation Starters
Five unique decks of EPOCH CONVERSATION STARTER CARDS
for adults, teens, general and mixed audiences can be purchased in our online store now
WHY THESE CONVERSATIONS ARE NEEDED
Equity For All
We all grew up with the same story. We are all created equal. We all know that this ‘same story’ is not true for everyone and we are doing our part to change this. If we can carve into the cultural thinking just a little, by getting educators working with students from a young age, the impact will be great and long lasting.
Conversation Starters cards are designed to allow us to use these simulations to begin developing capcity around what it takes to engage in deep, transformative dialogue with one another. The decks are designed to facilitate conversations that we would normally avoid. The goal is to engage from an authentic and compassionate place while practicing and developing skills to respond in difficult situations.
THE EPOCH PROTOCOL – HOW TO USE THE CARDS
Recognize It: The objective is to get participants to question how they think, feel and believe about the statements. Three standard questions should be considered to prompt the conversation. Answering anyone of these will get the conversation started.
What do I think about when I hear this statement?
How does the statement make me feel when I hear it?
What is my initial belief about the statement?
Interrupt it: The objective is to practice using a series of targeted questions to dig deeper about the think/feel/believe and counter the statement thoughtfully to “interrupt” the dialogue in a compassionate manner. Sample “Interruptions” are: Tell me more…; share a personal story that offers a different perspective; or share how the statement made you feel when you heard it.
Repair it: The objective is to come up with actionable steps that people can do to repair and broaden their awareness and understanding as related to the statement. Listed are three things individuals can do to “Repair It”:
OBSERVE: What situation can you seek out and/or view that can help deepen your understanding of the situation?
ENGAGE: What situation can you seek out and have dialogue with specific people/professions/races etc. to understand the varying perspectives?