Thursday, Sept 7 @ 7pm ET | UNUM digital series
The wolf that wins is the one you feed.

The Way Out: Overcoming Toxic Polarization, with Dr. Peter T. Coleman

“A remarkable combination of scientific insight, practical guidance, and grounded hope.” -Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of THINK AGAIN Toxic polarization and conflict is exhausting.

“A remarkable combination of scientific insight, practical guidance, and grounded hope.”
—Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of THINK AGAIN

Watch the video of this program here. Toxic polarization and conflict is exhausting. Whether it’s in your family, at work or in our perpetually acrimonious civic life, it’s like a suitcase full of big ole rocks we lug around while we try to get the usual tasks of life-y-ness done.  Our UNUM journey has brought us thinkers and leaders from sea to shining sea, but now we’re turning intentionally to see THE WAY OUT — and it turns out that really being able to see it is a key first step in being able to do it.

Columbia University’s Peter T. Coleman brings us deep wisdom informed by a life in scholarship that leaves us more hopeful than the usual fare. Know that when we listen to Peter, we do cartwheels of joy — and who doesn’t need joy right about now?

Pick up a copy of The Way Out at Midtown Reader.

We’re delighted to welcome streaming partners Braver Angels, McCourtney Institute for Democracy, National Institute for Civil DiscourseBridgeUSAListen First ProjectUSC Dornsife Center for the Political Future,  Common Ground CommitteeCivic Health Project, TP&R podcast, YOUnifyCitizen ConnectCenter for the Humanities at University of MiamiTallahassee DemocratWFSU Public Media, and Network for Responsible Public Policy.


Peter T. Coleman is Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University where he holds a joint-appointment at Teachers College and The Earth Institute. Dr. Coleman directs the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution. He is a renowned expert on conflict resolution and sustainable peace. Dr. Coleman’s current research focuses on conflict intelligence and systemic wisdom for navigating conflict constructively across all levels (from families to companies to communities to nations), and includes projects on adaptive negotiation and mediation dynamics, cross-cultural adaptivity, optimality dynamics in conflict, justice and polarization, multicultural conflict, intractable conflict, and sustainable peace.

*Funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.



Dr. Peter Coleman
Columbia University
The Way Out
How to Overcome Toxic Polarization
Manu Meel | Facilitator
CEO, BridgeUSA