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Hillsboro officials are hosting a series of free community dialogue workshops with mediation experts.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Active listening guidelines from Resolution Northwest, a Portland-based conflict resolution nonprofit.Across the country, communities find themselves as divided as ever on key social and political issues.

Hillsboro officials are inviting community members to participate in a series of free community dialogue workshops that will offer people strategies to have productive conversations with others who disagree.

"Throughout our community and our country, we can all benefit from engaging in meaningful conversations with people who hold different views," Hillsboro officials said announcing the workshops. "Rather than having a shouting match, dialogue offers a different approach. Instead of a debate with two sides speaking from their positions, dialogue invites participants to share their personal experiences, values, emotions, and even hesitations."

The workshops will take place virtually via Zoom on three consecutive Saturdays (May 8, May 15 and May 22). People must register before noon Friday, May 7.

Hillsboro's mediation program is sponsoring the workshops. The program offers free and confidential conflict resolution through a mediator.

Experts from the Center for Mediation and Dialogue in Beaverton will teach the interactive workshops.

Hillsboro officials say participants will "gain insight into their own cognitive and emotional processes," "practice strategies for navigating heated exchanges," "learn to share their views in a way that can be heard," and "discover the joys of dialogue."

People are encouraged to attend all three workshops because they will build on each other, Hillsboro officials said.


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