Episode 74

Turning Polarizing Issues into Productive Conversations

With Irshad Manji
Episode 74

Turning Polarizing Issues into Productive Conversations

With Irshad Manji

Founder of Moral Courage Project. New York Times Bestselling Author.

Irshad Manji is the founder of Moral Courage College, which equips people to turn polarizing issues into productive conversations and solutions-driven teamwork. The recipient of Oprah’s "Chutzpah Award" for boldness, Irshad is also a New York Times bestselling author. Her first book, an international blockbuster, is The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith. Irshad’s latest is Don't Label Me: How to Do Diversity Without Inflaming the Culture Wars. (Fun fact: the entertainer Chris Rock calls this book “genius.”) A professor of leadership at New York University for many years, Irshad now teaches with the Oxford Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights.

How can we turn polarizing conversations into beautiful moments of self-discovery, mutual kinship and deep connection? What changes in us and in our relationships when we stop labeling others? Can our ego manipulate and stop us from being open to new perspectives, and how do we overcome it? What are the five skills of moral courage, and how can we use them to win hearts and minds?

Find out from the recipient of Oprah’s “Chutzpah Award” for boldness, Irshad Manji, in conversation with Dr. Hitendra Wadhwa on Intersections Podcast.

“Labels fix people in time and freeze people in place. We can start with labels, but to end with them is a real missed opportunity for both self-discovery and discovery of how deliciously complicated everybody else is.”
Irshad Manji

This episode offers key insights on:

  • The five skills of moral courage, and how we can use them to win hearts and minds
  • The opportunities we miss when we label others and put them into buckets
  • The truth about human nature, how our ego can stop us from gaining new perspectives and how to overcome it

Coming Soon!

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  • Listen to Hitendra's past conversation with Matthew Stevenson on Intersections Podcast
  • Listen to Hitendra's past conversation with Daryl Davis on Intersections Podcast
  • Learn more about Irshad Manji's work from her website, Moral Courage
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