College campuses are unique spaces in our society. They are places where young adults learn to be citizens in a democracy, where they learn to take responsibility for the public square. In recent years, we’ve seen a renewed urgency to help students develop the skills and habits of civic engagement: how to understand and remain true to one’s own values and beliefs while making room and expending effort to understand people with different views. Ask Big Questions empowers campuses with a powerful method for creating healthier, more resilient public spaces—where students can talk and listen to one another, and develop the trust, understanding, and empathy necessary to live as neighbors and fellow citizens.
Colby College implemented an Ask Big Questions conversation series, which led to measurable gains in students’ sense of purpose and vocation.
Sample Conversation Guide - For Whom Are We Responsible?
What does it mean to be responsible? Who is responsible for us?
Sample Conversation Guide - How Do We Disagree?
We don’t always have to agree, but can we find ways to disagree productively?