What is this?
Do you feel like there's too much name calling in political discussions? Do you find the words and actions from the other side of the aisle alienating? We pair nice people across the political divide to talk like neighbors. Not to convince, but to understand.
Some of My Friends Are…
January 9, 2019 — Hi From The Other Side is featured in Some of My Friends Are… by Deborah Plummer. See the book here.
Palaces for the people
September 18, 2018 — Hi From The Other Side is featured in Palaces for the People, an NPR Best Book of 2018 and New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, by Eric Klinenberg. See the book here.
Speaking in oxford, uk
September 27 – Hi From The Other Side will be speaking at at Emerge Conference, organized by Oxford University's Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.
speaking in chicago, uSA
August 15 – On October 18, Hi From The Other Side will be on stage in Chicago at the NewFounders Conference.
high school hosts conversations
June 9, 2017 – AP U.S. History teacher Rod Franchi hosted a conversation event inspired by Hi From The Other Side at Novi High School in Michigan. See more here.
Starbucks Gift Cards
March 23, 2017 – Hi From The Other Side has a way for you to make a connection over a great cup of coffee at Starbucks. If you are matched during this limited offer, you will receive a Starbucks e-gift card to redeem together at a nearby store. Learn more.
Won't this just end in a shouting match?
Maybe. But we’re hopeful there are people who really want to engage in a civil conversation. It's been encouraging so far.
We also deliberately ask some more human questions in our sign-up to try to screen for people who seem nice.
Finally, when we match you, we also provide a conversation guide to help you get off on the right foot. We put the guide together with input from conflict negotiators and experienced facilitators, and we’d love to hear your thoughts on making it better.
Are the conversations anonymous?
We send you and your match an email introducing you to each other, so your match would have your and email. We get that you may want to be completely anonymous, but we think that the anonymous nature of the internet has caused many of the problems we're trying to solve. Having a live conversation on the phone, on video chat, or in person will be most productive.
Why do you require facebook authentication?
Facebook authentication helps us make sure that real people are signing up. We know it's not perfect, and we're working on other ways. We only request your name, email, and username from Facebook, so we can't see any other information you have on your Facebook.
Are there other ways to get involved?
You can start by subscribing to our newsletter to get updates and stories from those who have been matched.
WHO'S BEHIND THIS? Is it non-partisan?
Hi From The Other Side was started in 2016 by Henry while he was a grad student in Boston. His friends David and Yasyf are in charge of the technical things. We're a non-partisan organization – this wasn't an initiative from a political organization or anything, just people who care about being better listeners.
Questions? Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.