Change A View Provides an Alternative Platform for Arguments

Applied ICDWendling, Mike. (13 June 2019). Change A View: One Scottish man’s idea to fix the broken world of online debate. BBC News.


“The more people with diverse points of views and diverse opinions are able to have a civil conversation, the more we have hope in moving society forward.” (Patricia Georgiou, Jigsaw’s head of partnerships and business development, which helped to fund

“Kal Turnbull started a discussion group, or subreddit, on the social media site Reddit in 2013. Change My View wasn’t meant to shake up the world. The posts cover a huge range of topics and political perspectives – and once they’re live, other Reddit users are urged to argue against the proposition.”

That led to a website, Change A View, in April 2019.

From the Mission Statement: “It can be hard to find the right people and environment for in-person discussion. Yet, the internet—the great connector and, in some ways, equalizer of our time—has largely failed to yield online solutions to this problem. Our options have essentially been limited to social media platforms, but it has become increasingly clear that the environment of these places often leads to heightened tensions. We can do better. Important decisions are made every day as a result of our views, so how we talk about them together matters.”

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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