(See photos from the event here.) Turns out Americans have been sorting ourselves in every aspect of our lives – in the news we watch, the books we read, the churches we attend, even the neighborhoods we live in. Our special guest Pulitzer Prize finalist journalist Bill Bishop stumbled on this worrisome trend when he was doing research on an unrelated topic. That means that we’re increasingly finding ourselves in the company of people who think just like we do. Inside these likeminded tribes, we find our views amplified and no counterbalance to help us understand what our “side” might be failing to see. The result? Likeminded groups grow more extreme in the direction of the majority view. Uh oh.
Joining the conversation will be Jeb Bush former Chief of Staff Sally Bradshaw, Florida Representative Loranne Ausley, former Secretary of Community Affairs under Governor Bush Steve Seibert, Director of the Collins Center for Public Policy Rob Petry and Director of University of Florida Bob Graham Center Dr. Anne Henderson. No clustering of likeminded panels for us. Watch our video preview here. (Watch the panel discussion after Bill’s lecture here and here.)