3. Create space and invite views different from your own.
I cannot overstate the value of conversation. Having read one another’s works, we each came to the conversation with basic knowledge (and assumptions) of each panelists’ stance on the topic. However, the more we talked and had the opportunity to share, collaborate, and collectively brainstorm to offer recommendations for others, the more we found similarities in perspective. Create the space for conversations on topics, allowing people to voice, share, and dynamically contribute to the narrative as opposed to making assumptions or drawing conclusions based on static information. This is a point I continue to struggle with amid meetings, projects, tasks: knowing I should take more time and put more effort into better understanding a situation without making assumptions, as well as take time to talk with the people involved.