Everyone (well, almost everyone!) wants to avoid conversations with people who think differently than they do. But the “bubbles” we allow ourselves to live in are representative of a dangerous trend – our increasing separation from each other. This separation makes it harder it for us to solve problems together. Solving the greatest challenges of the day requires us to embrace our right to feel offended. We need to hear voices that are different from our own as we search for new solutions to old problems.
Jessica Thomasson serves as the President and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, and Lutheran Social Services Housing Inc. – two non-profit corporations that, together with their partners, help people and communities across the state of North Dakota thrive. Their efforts focus on affordable housing, child care, disaster response, senior services, and support for young families. Before becoming CEO, Jessica was responsible for creating the organization’s affordable housing subsidiary, which develops, owns and manages affordable rental housing in rural North Dakota communities. LSS currently has more than 20 projects either operating or under development in communities all across the state.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx