The first step towards sustainable peace is listening. But listening comes in many forms, from front-porch conversations we have with neighbors, to the wide array of media, news, and culture we lend our attention to on a daily basis. We can even do this latter form of listening on our own. In choosing to pick up a book, watch a movie, or tune into a TV series that features stories, experiences, and identities we’ve never been exposed to firsthand before–or ones that we want to learn more about.
Media from diverse creators is becoming more widely available and accessible than ever before, making it ever the more important for us to listen when these stories are shared. From documentary films recounting the history of activist movements to TV dramas featuring the everyday lives of immigrant families, one of the best starting points for developing new listening skills is in actively seeking out media that provides us with new perspectives.