Display a sign or wear a shirt to welcome and introduce yourself to passerby. We have posters that you can print, a design in vector format for making your own shirt, or a t-shirt that you can buy through Teespring, sold at cost. Teespring shirts will not arrive before Thanksgiving.
How you choose to do this is up to you, but it should be legible at a distance, approachable, and explain our goal clearly.
- Work in pairs, in a public place.
- Listen, don't try to argue or escalate. Your goal is to understand feelings, not change them.
- Expect to hear things that you don't personally agree with. Conversations could veer into uncomfortable territory.
- Ask thoughtful follow-up questions. Let people say as much as they want.
Share what you've heard.
Have a good conversation? Let the world know! Tweet or post on Instagram with #AmericaListens, but be sure not to violate the privacy of anyone you've met. Ask permission before posting an image of someone or their specific story.
If you are unable to offer "food for your thoughts" this winter, consider challenging others who can to do so.
If you aren't traveling for the holidays, find a Main Street near you. If you don't have the freedom to speak with strangers without fear of harassment, please share your own hopes for your community with #AmericaListens.
If you have questions or comments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ready? Let's do it.
Commit to finish your homework, and assign it to a friend too.