Welcome to OpenMindKY, part of a state level volunteer effort to help reverse polarization and improve civil discourse in our nation. If you're asking yourself "How can we do that?", you've come to the right place.
“Morality binds and blinds. It binds us into ideological teams that fight each other as though the fate of the world depended on our side winning each battle. It blinds us to the fact that each team is composed of good people who have something important to say.”
- Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind
So you want to help reverse our nation's polarization and improve civil discourse. It's not going to happen by just encouraging people to be kinder to each other. It's only going to happen when large numbers of people achieve some level of intellectual humility and mutual understanding across differences. When we get there, then being kinder and improved discourse will come more naturally.
The OpenMind Project began as a project of the New York University Stern School of Business under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Haidt. OpenMind recently spun out of NYU-Stern to become an independent non-profit organization In January 2019. OpenMind, Heterodox Academy, Ethical Systems, and Civil Politics are part of the same family of organizations that use evidence-based research to create more open, ethical, and inclusive cultures and societies.
The OpenMind Platform is a psychology-based educational platform designed to depolarize campuses, companies, organizations, and communities. OpenMind helps people foster intellectual humility and mutual understanding, while equipping them with the essential cognitive skills to engage constructively across differences. For a fuller understanding, click here and explore the OpenMind Platform website. Then come back here to see more and begin thinking about how we can all help implementing this in Kentucky.
Psychology is the study of the human mind and its functions. Social psychology is the branch of psychology that deals with social interactions, including their origins and their effects on the individual. The videos below illustrate some key psychological concepts which the OpenMind curriculum is based upon.
Longer videos: 10 minutes or over
"... learning about Moral Foundations Theory through programs like Open Mind Platform can each help us operate with more intellectual humility."
"The interactive app OpenMind helps us understand why we form certain opinions and how we can have more constructive conversations. Try opening your own mind with these exercises adapted from the free app"
"Thank you @JonHaidt for the OpenMind Platform. The Six Moral Foundations gave our students an opportunity to listen to different viewpoints, and provided a common language to discuss social issues."
Your Kentucky area school, campus, organization, company or community may be interested in the OpenMind Platform. If the next step involves a group discussion, the slides below may be useful to organize the discussion. The first 10 slides are enough to lead a discussion. The addendums are for reference. OpenMindKY can help in these discussions. Use the contact page to reach out.
First time users will be asked to create an account. You can create an account or optionally sign in using a Facebook identity. Besides taking the course yourself, you can act as an administrator and invite a group of others to take the course. The admin can then monitor the group's progress through the steps. Each of the 5 steps in the course (15 to 20 minutes each) are normally taken over a series of days.
Students and Administrators can reconnect to the OpenMind Platform by going to:
Connect as Student:
Connect as Administrator: