Pledge to Listen
Our response to disinformation printed in The Tennessean.
Print Ads in the Tennessean
Gallery view of all of our print ads.
A full look into our #PledgeToListen creative.
Listening to stay informed.
PledgeToListen tip #3.
Listening to work for a shared future.
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Listening by seeking out stories you’ve never heard before.
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Listening for a reason.
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Belonging In America
Belonging In America
Our mission is to bring Americans together to change the narratives that marginalize the "other".
Our Common Humanity
2020 Ambassador Mohamed-Shukri Hassan shares shares his journey from Somalia to Nashville.
What is Democracy in America? To us, it is coming together as citizens supporting the common good.
2020 Ambassador Rabiah Ahmed offers a hopeful vision for the future of Muslim American communities.
Seeing the “Other”
2020 Ambassador Maryam tells her own understanding of identity growing up as an Iranian-American.
Living our Values
2020 Ambassador Rabiah Ahmed describes the values she teaches her children.
Foreign Affairs | The Fractured Power: How to Overcome Tribalism
Mentions Millions and our Depolarization Summit as examples working to counter polarization.
MSNBC Morning Joe | University launches Project on Unity and Democracy
Interview announcing Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy.
NPR | Right-Wing embrace of conspiracy is ‘Mass Radicalization,’ experts warn
Mary McCord attends our 2019 Depolarization Summit.
NYTimes | ‘No victory dance’: veterans of Afghan war feel torn over pullout
CSO, Jason Dempsey, interviewed for an article on Biden's withdrawal from the Afghan conflict.
Tennessee Lookout | Teens talk political polarization
Write-up of our Conversationalist Series event: 'Across County Lines' with our partner, STAND.
The Tennessean | Healthy debate’ at the heart of Vanderbilt project to heal a divided country
Overview of Project Unity with an interview with Million's President, Samar Ali.
The Tennessee Tribune | Artists argue art can be an engine for Democracy and Justice
Overview of partner EADJ's fall 2020 program.
Vanderbilt News | EADJ and Campos-Pons honored with major art awards
EADJ's "Living in Common with the Precarious South(s)" honored with an Award for Excellence.
Vanderbilt‘s Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice features works by revolutionary composer, renowned artist
Announcement of the Spring 2021 program and our partnership with Vanderbilt University's EADJ.
Combating Disinformation | Future of the South | Conversationalist Series
Nia Adeogun answers, "What solutions would you recommend for combating disinformation?"
Mapping the Peacebuilding Community: Princeton’s BDI | 2020 Conversationalist Series
Nealin Parker introduces a data map designed to connect local groups of community builders.
Protecting our Youth | Future of the South | Conversationalist Series
Mayowa addresses her concerns about how damaging racial stereotypes can be.
The role of social media | Future of the South | Conversationalist Series
Wiley addresses what type of information is useful and explores the cost of exploiting people.
What keeps you up at night? (Shannon Hiller) | Mapping the Peacebuilding Community | Conversationalist Series
Shannon Hiller explains her passion behind the initiative.
7 steps to sustainable peace | Depolarization Summit
Samar Ali outlines our 7-step path toward sustainable peace. The first step starts with listening.
A Shared Future | EADJ Ep. 4
Samar Ali introduces EADJ in which artists and scholars explored radical forms of togetherness.
Acceptance | Across County Lines | Conversationalist Series
Amelia from Scott County, Tennessee says that change should start with acceptance.
Coalition Building | Across County Lines | Conversationalist Series
Mayowa sees that commonality as an opportunity for connection and broader coalition building.
Foundation of Love | Depolarization Summit
Bob Boisture expressed that love will enable us to build a society that works for us all.
Entrepreneurial Politicians | Depolarization Summit
Rachel Kleinfeld of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Militarism & Mental Health | Depolarization Summit
Jason Dempsey warns against looking to our military to solve complex problems simply by use of force
Results of Polarization | Depolarization Summit
Rachel Kleinfeld of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace explains the effects of polarization.
Space for Grief | EADJ
Grace Ali, conveys that she longs for space to mourn our collective loss.
Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation | Depolarization Summit
Nealin Parker of Princeton University breaks down conflict mediation into a “now & later” approach.
Unity | Across County Lines | Conversationalist Series
Marlie from Jefferson County, AL expressed her desire for more unity amidst the many social divides.
What does the 2nd Amendment mean to you? (Joe) | Pledge to Listen
Two friends who disagree on everything except the importance of coming together.
Your Stories Matter | Depolarization Summit
Mayor Steve Benjamin encouraged us to turn pain and passion into collective progress by remembering.
Art: Love and Truth | EADJ Ep. 1
Program Founder, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, upholds only one ideology worth fighting: love.
Love is Willful | EADJ Ep. 7
Grammy Award winning musician and producer T Bone Burnett reminds us that love is an action.
Blog and Newsletters
Listening for a reason.
Listening to stay informed
Listen by seeking out stories you’ve never heard before.
Print ads in The Tennessean
In partnership with AMAC, we placed ads in response to a disinformation campaign in The Tennessean.
A new national dialogue | March 2021
A note from advisor, Clint Brewer.
Resource Toolkit | 2019 Depolarization Summit
A list of resources from our Depolarization Summit.
Recap | Depolarization Summit
An overview of our Depolarization Summit.
On accountability | February 2021
A Note from Dr. Kareem Crayton.
Samar Ali named co-chair of national unity project | January 2021
Congratulating Samar Ali on her new position at Vanderbilt University.
Let’s talk about us | Listening Guide
This Listening Guidebook serves as a free and accessible toolkit.
Let love in | January 2021
A note from 2021 Millions Ambassador, Manal Omar.
I commit to you. | Pledge to Listen
Communication from Samar Ali following Jan. 6 crisis.
Building sustainable peace | December 2020
At Millions of Conversations, we recognize that we do not fall into unity.
“We are just too polarized” | December 2020
A note from Mike Signer, former Mayor of Charlottesville, VA.
Our shared future | November 2020
A note from President, Samar Ali.
Mutual Aid Hub | October 2020
A guide to locate a mutual aid organization in your community.
The power of gathering | October 2020
A note from María Magdalena Campos-Pons of our partner, EADJ.
The freedom of voice | October 2020
A note on what Democracy means to us.
What is meaningful change? | October 2020
A note from our Fall 2020 Intern, Elizabeth Driggers.
History has its eyes on us | September 2020
A note from Felice Bell of Narrative 4.
Uplifting young voices | September 2020
A note from high school student, Mayowa Kassim.
The voting issue | August 2020
A note from Councilmember Zulfat Suara.
The power of a story | August 2020
A note from Rachel Brown of Project Over Zero.
In response to disinformation advertised in The Tennessean newspaper.
Choices during a turbulent time | August 2020
A note from Amy Spitalnick of Integrity First for America.
Standing in solidarity with Black lives
Some of the ways that we address anti-Black racism in the United States.
Strengthening community one recipe at a time | May 2020
An Interview with Farrah Moussallati Sibai of Afia Foods.
Why communication matters now more than ever | May 2020
A note from Dr. Rachel Thornton, Associate Prof. of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Transcending Divides takes on a whole new meaning
A note from 2020 Millions Ambassador, Dr. Nada Hindiyeh.
Transcending divides | February 2020
An note from 2020 Millions Ambassador, Fatima Hassan Ali.
Combating Disinformation | January 2020
A note on the upcoming year.
Authenticity as a catalyst for change | December 2019
A note on how we will evolve with our community beyond where we've been.
Happy Thanksgiving! | November 2019
Reflecting on how far this Millions has come over the past year.
Civil Squared Podcast | Unity, Conversation, and Being American
Samar talks about how we pursue unity in an increasingly polarized society.
Everyday Ubuntu | Ep. 21: Samar Ali, Millions of Conversations | A legacy of promoting peace and freedom
What's really needed for the U.S. to move forward to and finally start discussing unity.
Overcoming Extremism Episode 9 | Samar Ali
Millions President, Samar Ali joins Mike Signer, former Mayor of Charlottesville.
Tennessee Voices Episode 55 | Samar Ali, founder and CEO of Millions of Conversations
Samar Ali joins David Plazas, Director of Opinion and Engagement for the USA TODAY Network Tennessee
Aspend Ideas to Go | Is national unity possible?
Interview with Cordell Carter, executive director of the Socrates Program at the Aspen Institute.